Ericsson, one of the major players in the 5G hardware space, has announced the launch of the Ericsson Open Lab a new virtual space that will allow Ericsson Cloud RAN customers and ecosystem partners to come together to innovate on virtualized 5G Radio Access Networks technologies.
With the Ericsson Open Lab, service providers will be able to explore 5G use case scenarios and find ways to increase automation. Various aspects of Open RAN technologies including virtualization, management, and orchestration will be able to be tested in the lab.
Commenting on the launch, Fredrik Jejdling, Executive Vice President and Head of Business Area Networks at Ericsson, said:
“Open technology underpins the modern mobile miracle, which connects more than eight billion devices today with one set of global operating standards. With Ericsson Open Lab, we invite our customers and partners to co-create and bring new cloud innovations to 5G.”
The firm said it hopes that this lab will lead to the development of architectures and common operating standards that complement existing 5G technology and that it will help test the limits of 5G connectivity. The work done at the lab could make 5G connectivity faster for consumers and less power-hungry which will reduce carbon emissions.