Ericsson signs deal with TDC to enable ‘Digital Denmark’ through 5G

Danish telecom giant TDC Group has selected Ericsson to deploy commercial 5G across the country.

The collaboration, which is part of a major network overhaul, will offer services through the Ericsson Operations Engine and enable the company to drive its ‘Digital Denmark’ campaign by assisting mobile broadband subscribers, enterprises, and industries to capitalise on 5G, IoT, and Industry 4.0.

Ericsson will provide its 5G platform for TDC’s 5G cellular network. The Swedish telecom giant will help modernise TDC’s complete Radio Access Network (RAN) with the latest solutions from Ericsson Radio System, and TDC’s core network will be modernised with Ericsson’s dual-mode 5G Cloud Core solution.

Ericsson 5G New Radio (NR) hardware and software products will be rolled out in 2019, aligning with the country’s 5G licensing obligations. 5G will go through a pilot testing phase from mid-2019 and will be available to selected customers only. The actual 5G network will likely to be initiated in October as soon as there is availability of licensed 5G spectrum.

Last month, Ericsson and Intel came together to start a multi-year collaboration to deliver ‘a new level of cloudlike agility, transparency and efficiency required for NFV, distributed cloud, and 5G’. This hardware management platform, which extends the agility of the cloud to the hardware infrastructure layer, will help speed time-to-market, maximise utilisation, and reduce total cost of ownership.

In January, Ericsson and Deutsche Telekom conducted a successful demonstration of a millimetre wave link with a data transmission rate of 40Gbps. During the trial, the focus was also on the stricter latency requirements in the 5G network architecture to support low latency or ultra-low latency use cases. The round-trip latency performance of the link tested was less than 100 microseconds, confirming the positive contribution of wireless backhaul technologies to satisfy network-specific latency targets.

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