The toolkit is aimed at helping communications service providers (CSPs) deliver high throughput, reliability, and low-latency performance levels for use cases. These use cases include lag-free mobile cloud gaming, video conferencing, live broadcasting, remote-controlled machines/vehicles, public safety services, and future XR applications.
The growth of new use cases and rising mobile user expectations for 5G experience has put greater demands on network capacity and performance. The toolkit is designed to meet these demands and enable differentiated performance levels. As more demanding applications emerge, alternatives to the one-size-fits-all approach to wireless connectivity need to be considered. The fast speeds, low latency, and greater bandwidth of 5G make it an ideal enabler for experience-focused use cases.
The software toolkit comes with advanced features for Massive MIMO, Advanced RAN Slicing, Time-Critical Communication, and 5G Core. This toolkit offers a three-pronged approach to delivering an exceptional network platform that transforms performance into loyalty, value, and growth. The software ensures superior performance for mobile broadband services, provides differentiated experiences for new and advanced consumer and enterprise use cases, and with these two building blocks, creates a programmable network performance on-demand through network APIs.
Key capabilities of Ericsson’s 5G software toolkit
The software toolkit provides several key capabilities, including enhanced Massive MIMO software algorithms for channel-aware Multi-User Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MU-MIMO) pairing and optimal beamforming selection based on user velocity. These algorithms boost capacity in mid-band deployments and can increase the user throughput by up to 10% in high-load scenarios. This allows for a smoother introduction of new services that require high reliability and low latency.
There are also RAN Slicing advancements with intent-based automation for Automated Radio Resource Partitioning and Rate and Delay Control Scheduling to meet target delivery on a 1 millisecond (ms) basis. Real-time automation enables efficient service-level agreement (SLA) fulfillment.
Improved consistent low latency capabilities of Time-Critical Communication are also offered, with Uplink Configured Grant and L4S (Low latency, Low loss, Scalable Throughput) for superior quality of experience even during network congestion and under poor radio conditions. Up to 90 ms latency improvement can be achieved in high-load scenarios.
The software toolkit also supports Data boost upsell and L4S in 5G Core, which allows users to purchase a boost on top of their existing subscription through notification to the device. New capabilities are also provided to enable and monetize L4S for selected subscription packages.
“Ericsson is at the forefront of global 5G network leadership, extending connectivity to all corners of the world. We’re reshaping connectivity and facilitating a seamless transition from ‘best-effort’ mobile broadband to premium experiences with service-level agreements. Our new innovative software toolkit empowers our customers to unlock advanced 5G applications through differentiated connectivity. This not only guarantees on-demand service excellence but also propels us toward our vision of networks as a platform,” said Sibel Tombaz, Head of Product Line 5G RAN at Ericsson.