Ericsson has launched three new radios in its Massive MIMO (multiple-in, multiple-out) antenna portfolio and expanded its RAN Compute portfolio with six products aimed 5G mid-band rollouts. The solutions are powered by Ericsson Silicon – the company’s system on a chip (SoC) technology that provides advanced processing capabilities for energy-efficient, high-performing networks.
“After the first rollouts of 5G networks, now is the time to scale up 5G by leveraging Massive MIMO to a much larger extent. With our new portfolio, communications service providers can speed up their mid-band deployments efficiently with superior performance for their users, while reducing energy consumption,” said Per Narvinger, head of Product Area Networks, at Ericsson.
Ericsson’s new line of ultra-lightweight, mid-band Massive MIMO 5G radios from its Antenna-Integrated Radio (AIR) portfolio, is designed to ease mid-band deployment for service providers. This enables a full-fledged 5G user experience for subscribers, while reducing site footprint and increasing capacity by more than three times.
Weighing only 20 kilograms, the new radios are up to 45 percent lighter than the previous generation, and 20 percent more energy efficient, featuring passive cooling to minimize costly maintenance site visits. These radios can be deployed from urban high-rise buildings to suburban and rural capacity areas for use cases, such as Fixed Wireless Access, automotive, transport and logistics.
Ericsson has also advanced its RAN Compute portfolio with six new products. These include both indoor and outdoor options for 4G expansions and mid-band 5G rollouts, with up to 50 percent higher throughput and 15 to 20 percent lower energy consumption.
The latest additions to Ericsson’s Massive MIMO and RAN Compute portfolios are powered by Ericsson Silicon with an architecture design that provides the Massive MIMO radios with real-time channel estimation and ultra-precise beamforming, enabling industry-leading coverage and user experience. Additional security has been embedded into the tight co-design of the silicon and the architecture of the launched hardware, ensuring the software and sensitive data are protected.
“This portfolio launch comes at an opportune moment, as carriers turn their attention to capitalizing on mid-band 5G spectrum,” said Ed Gubbins, principal, GlobalData. “Ericsson’s Massive MIMO radios are an industry standout in terms of compact form factors and lightweight designs, which should help operators overcome deployment challenges. In addition, the stability and strength of Ericsson’s custom silicon strategy also sets them apart.”