Ericsson has announced it has demonstrated Cloud RAN technology for delivering 5G connectivity in a proof of concept (PoC) at Telefonica Deutschland’s Wayra innovation hub in Munich. The PoC utilised a centralised control unit (CU) and mmWave frequencies to achieve end-to-end speed of more than 4Gbps and deliver ‘exceptional performance throughput and validating Cloud RAN for fixed wireless access (FWA), enterprise and industry-specific use cases’. By implementing Ericsson’s cloud-native software solution for 5G Cloud RAN, Telefonica will experience significant gains in flexibility, service delivery and improved network operations.

‘The partnership between Ericsson and Telefonica demonstrates our commitment to achieving significant breakthroughs on our path to build the networks of the future,’ said Daniel Leimbach, Head of Customer Unit Western Europe at Ericsson, adding: ‘It is a first for both companies in Europe and shows the potential of Cloud RAN for high performance use cases. It builds upon our work with the cloud-native 5G core we have deployed for Telefonica Germany, enabling a full end-to-end cloud native network.’

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