Ericsson wins network core contract to power SoftBank’s standalone 5G network

Published: 28 July 2020 - midnight

Ericsson has won a key contract with Japanese telecoms giant, SoftBank, to provide core network components for its Standalone 5G network.

The solution, which includes Ericsson Cloud Packet Core, Ericsson Cloud Unified Data Management and Policy and Ericsson NFVI, will play a key role in SoftBank’s operational transformation. Ericsson’s network equipment will provide zero-touch operation, including continuous delivery and integration processes (CI/CD), made possible through container-based microservice architecture and its automation capabilities.

“Japan is a leading 5G telecom market and together with Ericsson we are building a new platform of innovation for the country. Under our new agreement, we will extend our long-term partnership and provide a high quality and future-proof platform enabling a new wave of innovation for Japanese society,” said Keiichi Makizono, senior vice president, CIO of SoftBank.

SoftBank will make use of Ericsson’s dual-mode 5G Core, which will provide SoftBank the ability to develop new 5G use cases for mobile broadband users, as well as for enterprises and industry partners. Ericsson and SoftBank have been continuously collaborating in developing and deploying 5G technologies throughout the Japanese market including 5G RAN and 5G EPC. In May 2019, Ericsson was selected by SoftBank as its primary 5G radio access network (RAN) vendor.

“Ericsson’s cloud native dual-mode 5G Core provides the cutting-edge container-based microservice architecture that will help SoftBank to both develop new business models towards consumers, enterprise and industry partners as well as to move onto the next level of network operational efficiency,” said Luca Orsini, head of Ericsson Japan.

In total, Ericsson now has 99 commercial 5G agreements or contracts with unique operators under its belt. It also supports 54 live 5G networks worldwide.

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