Verizon has become the first US communications service provider to receive a 5G base station manufactured at Ericsson’s new 5G production factory in Texas.
Kyle Malady, Chief Technology Officer, Verizon, receives the first US manufactured commercial 5G base station from Ericsson’s new 5G factory. The delivery is a significant milestone as Ericsson continues to strengthen its US capabilities in 5G research, design, manufacturing and service delivery.
The 5G base station delivered to Verizon is the millimeter-wave Street Macro solution, which is key to Ericsson’s 5G portfolio for North American customers.
Kyle Malady, Chief Technology Officer, Verizon said, “Ericsson’s smart factory is a cornerstone of our collaboration as we work together to bring 5G to our consumer, enterprise and public safety customers. Together these types of innovation will accelerate our 5G deployments, as we expand our 5G leadership in technology and continue to rapidly build the ecosystem with our partners.”
Fredrik Jejdling, Executive Vice President and Head of Networks, Ericsson said, “From producing the first 5G base stations at our 5G USA Smart Factory earlier this year, we’ve made our first commercial delivery to Verizon. That’s just the beginning.”
The factory began commercial operations in March and will be fully operational by the end of 2020. It produces 5G and Advanced Antenna System radios to boost network capacity.