Commercial 5G spectrum sharing a step closer

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Commercial 5G spectrum sharing is a step closer following a landmark data call achievement by Ericsson, Swisscom and Qualcomm.

The partners successfully carried out the first over-the-air spectrum sharing 5G data call with Swisscom’s Digital Lab and was enabled by Ericsson Spectrum Sharing (ESS). The latest achievement with Swisscom is a catalyst towards making commercial 5G spectrum sharing a reality.

Ericsson Spectrum Sharing, part of Ericsson Radio System, enables a quick, flexible, and cost-effective upgrade to 5G within existing 4G carriers. Based on traffic demand, the solution will dynamically share spectrum between 4G and 5G carriers, making the switch within milliseconds to minimize spectrum wastage and provide the best end-user performance.

Patrick Weibel, Head of 5G Program, Swisscom said, “Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS) allows Swisscom to best leverage the existing frequency spectrum and infrastructure for 4G and 5G customers, depending on their needs. Spectrum sharing will ensure that Swisscom can provide extensive 5G coverage to its customers as soon as possible.”

Hannes Ekstrom, Head of Product Line 5G RAN, Ericsson said, “With Ericsson Spectrum Sharing, service providers can reuse their Ericsson Radio System investments on bands currently used for LTE to support a fast introduction of 5G. This first ESS 5G data call by Swisscom, on commercial platforms, is an important step toward enabling cost-efficient, nationwide 5G coverage and services.”

Dino Flore, Vice President – Technology, Qualcomm Europe said, “Coverage is the next killer app for 5G, and we congratulate Ericsson and Swisscom on this significant milestone. Spectrum sharing will be a key catalyst for nationwide 5G coverage, helping to deliver ubiquitous 5G services to consumers.”

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