Ericsson first to showcase 5G in Thailand

Ericsson first to showcase 5G in Thailand

  • First live 5G end-to-end demonstration in Thailand using Ericsson’s 5G testbed and 5G ready core
  • Multi-user, Multiple Input, Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) and beam tracking used in the 5G testbed delivers 5.7Gbps throughput and 3ms latency
  • 5G demonstration held as part of three-day technology showcase marking Ericsson Thailand’s 111 years in the country

Today, Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has performed the first live 5G end-to-end demonstration in Thailand using its 5G testbed and 5G ready core, bringing the country one step closer to realizing the Digital Thailand vision.

At a three-day showcase event marking Ericsson’s 111 years in Thailand, the 5G live demonstration highlighted some of the capabilities offered by the new technology, achieving a peak throughput of 5.7Gbps and latency as low as 3ms.

This milestone is part of Ericsson’s ongoing commitment in Thailand to constantly introduce the latest technology and insights to Thai consumers and enterprise customers, supporting the Thai government’s vision of a Digital Thailand.

Takorn Tantasith, Secretary General of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), Thailand, says: “We expect to have broadband connectivity everywhere in Thailand, both big cities and over 75,000 villages nationwide by 2018. Along with the fixed internet deployment, we plan to release more spectrum bandwidth of 380 MHz by 2020, which will add to the existing 420 MHz already allocated to the telecommunications industry. This will handle the rising demand for online services, IoT and innovative applications as the country transforms into a Digital Thailand.”

The multi-Gbps speeds delivered by the technology in the Ericsson 5G testbed can support not only growing mobile broadband and video demand on smartphones and other mobile devices, but also provide a viable and cost effective alternative to residential fiber connections.

As 5G offers greater throughput and lower latency, it will bring more use cases to the Internet of Things (IoT), allowing new applications for consumers like Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, autonomous/AI-controlled cars; and industry applications like smart vehicles and transport infrastructure, remote healthcare, robotics and many more.

Nadine Allen, Head of Ericsson Thailand, says: “According to Ericsson’s Digital Thailand report, Thailand is a leading nation in ICT adoption in the region. Thai consumers are ahead of, or on par with, global peers when it comes to embracing ICT and are ready for the Internet of Things.

“The 5G innovation demonstrated today is just one part of the whole technology experience. With our end-to-end capabilities and knowledge, Ericsson is committed to leading transformation across industries and society, revolutionizing the way Thai people live, work and communicate with each other.”

The Ericsson 5G testbed uses Multi-user, Multiple Input, Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) to increase downlink throughput. It also uses beam tracking, which is required in millimeter wave bands to ensure high performance and reliability for users as they move through the network.

Other 5G innovations presented in the showcase include Ericsson AIR 6468 – the industry’s first 5G NR radio with 64 transmit and 64 receive antennas; and the demonstration of end-to-end (from the time the video is captured at the server end to the time it is displayed at the device) low latency live video streaming over 5G.

The Ericsson 5G Ready core is also on display through a self-balancing robot demonstration that highlights the tight integration between the robot and the cloud, with the capability to form one system from the independent components, including sensors and actuators. Ericsson is also demonstrating its latest technology advancements in Radio Network Evolution, Industrialized Cloud, Connected Industries and Digital Business Solutions.

2017 marks 111 years of Ericsson in Thailand. Ericsson pioneered 1G, 2G and 3G mobile technology in the country and has been rolling out 4G with Thai customers to deliver an enhanced mobile broadband experience to consumers in the country.