Ericsson beefs up 5G portfolio with first FDD NR06-09-2017
Ericsson expanded its 5G platform with the addition of a new radio product, as well as introducing a set of network services designed to “ease operators’ journey” from 5G preparation to actual launch. In a statement, Ericsson said the new radio product – AIR3246 for massive MIMO – is a complement to the its global 5G radio offering. It supports both 4G/LTE and 5G new radio technologies, and is Ericsson’s first 5G New Radio compatible with the frequency division duplex (FDD) variant of LTE. FDD technology uses two separate spectrum channels each for uplink and downlink communications. The company said an expanded 5G portfolio enables operators, especially in metropolitan areas, to bring 5G to subscribers using mid-band spectrum available today and boost capacity. Ericsson, which is pinning high hopes on 5G given its recent struggles, introduced its 5G platform in February this year, which also includes radios using Time-Division Duplex (TD-LTE) technology capable of supporting 5G, massive MIMO, and core network, transport, digital support and security elements.
Massive MIMO on FDD can increase network capacity “up to three times and brings up to five times better user throughput”, added the company.
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