Ericsson has won a 5G launch deal in Hong Kong with SmarTone to launch 5G network services across the entire city.
The new deal marks an extension of Ericsson and SmarTone’s working relationship on 4G, with Ericsson being the sole supplier for 5G connectivity across SmarTone’s network.
“SmarTone has been preparing for the 5G era with Ericsson in Hong Kong since January 2017, when we conducted the first 5G technology demo in this market. Together, Ericsson and SmarTone have led global technology developments in mobility and delivered multiple ‘firsts’ through early joint trials, shared research and collaborative product development. We will continue to leverage our long-term partnership to build a world-class and robust 5G network in Hong Kong and deliver best-of-breed 5G network experience to customers. SmarTone is also proud to be playing a key role in Hong Kong’s transformation to a smart city,” said Stephen Chau, chief technology officer of SmarTone.
As part of the deal, SmarTone will become the first mobile network operator to deploy Ericsson’s Dynamic Spectrum Sharing technology in Hong Kong. This deployment will effectively allow SmarTone to provide more 5G coverage with its current spectrum holding across 4G and 5G bands.
“With Ericsson Spectrum Sharing, SmarTone will be able to more efficiently allocate its spectrum assets according to traffic demands, using its existing infrastructure. This ensures, not only a smoother transition to 5G but also a faster one,” said Magnus Ewerbring, Chief Technology Officer, Asia Pacific at Ericsson.
As part of the deployment, SmarTone will also utilise Ericsson’s Dual Mode 5G Core, which will allow SmarTone to quickly launch advanced services and run efficient operations through a cloud-native solution combining Evolved Packet Core (EPC) and 5G Core architectures, allowing the operator to extract more business value out of its network.