Ericsson TelecomunicazioniSpA (TEI) is the Italian company in the Ericsson Group (Ericsson). Ericsson is the world’s leading provider of communications technology and services in Telecommunication and Information and Communication Technology. Ericsson is the leader in 2G, 3G, 4G and the coming 5G mobile technologies The world’s 10 largest mobile operators are among Ericsson’s customers and some 40% of the world’s mobile traffic goes through Ericsson networks and Ericsson supports customers’ networks servicing more than 2.5 billion subscribers. It operates in 180 countries and employs about 100,000 people. Founded in 1876, Ericsson is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2022 the company’s net sales were some EUR 22 billion and invested heavily in R&D (EUR 4,0 billion) and actively promotes open standards and systems. It has one of the industry’s most comprehensive intellectual property portfolio containing over 60,000 patents.
Ericsson is a gold member of the OpenStack Foundation with dedicated contributors to many areas and is driving NFV requirements through its platinum membership in the OPNFV Community, a collaborative project in which the carrier and vendor communities are working together to advance the evolution of NFV and ensure consistency, performance, and interoperability. Ericsson is also a platinum member of the open-Daylight Project, a collaborative open-source project that aims at accelerating the adoption of software-defined networking (SDN) and to create a solid foundation for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). Ericsson is a member of the ETSI Industry Specification Group for Network Functions Virtualization (ETSI ISG NFV), a group charged with developing requirements and architecture for virtualization for various functions within telecoms networks. Ericsson is a member of Open Networking Foundation (ONF) a user-driven organization dedicated to the promotion and adoption of Software-Defined Networking (SDN) through open standards development. Ericsson is member of IETF and attends works into Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG), a group responsible for technical management of IETF activities and the Internet standards process. Ericsson launched the world’s first 5G platform making landmark contributions to 5G global standardisation and is currently supporting several business incubators in Europe with the ambition of catalysing Made in Europe solutions. Ericsson offer ranges from voice text and images transmission systems and services, both on fixed networks and on mobile radio systems, the production of electronic components, microwave devices, electronic and defence systems, converged infrastructure based on IP, IP-PBX solutions and multi-channel contact centers, enterprise mobility solutions and specific proposals for several vertical markets such as healthcare, the central and local public administration, utilities, transportation, railways one included and an extensive portfolio of outsourcing managed products.
With 5G standards not yet completely established and commercialized networks started in 2020, Ericsson is already demonstrating fundamental 5G functionality that will be critical to enabling widespread adoption for both consumer and machine-type communications (MTC) with impressive speed test results.
In the Ericsson vision 5G networks will be much more than just radio access: 5G networks will be built in a flexible way so that speed, capacity and coverage can be logically allocated to achieve unprecedented performance and adaptive capabilities to meet the specific demands of each use case.
Yet, enhanced speed and performance, lower latency, and better efficiency also come with risks. Vastly increased numbers of devices and an elevated use of virtualization and the cloud will equate to many more 5G security threats and a broader, multifaceted attack surface. To realize a strong and healthy communications future, the industry needs to maintain a laser focus on 5G security.
Ericsson Telecomunicazioni, which will be engaged in the project with its R&D division, provides system concepts, technology and methodology concerning TLC networks and solutions design related to optical transport systems and photonic devices engineering for 5G mobile networks, cloud and virtualization, NFV, security and data analysis, software ecosystem management, open source adoption business value, component based system development to assure competitive products provisioning, while with its Global Customer Unit TIM interfaces and supports TLC main customers to adopt innovative Ericsson solution. World-class innovation is achieved through cooperation within Ericsson Corporate and with partners, customers, universities and research institutes.
TEI will bring its experience and proven background on telecommunication systems for 3G/4G/5G mobile networks, network security, virtualization and cloud-based technologies, as the world’s leading telecom network equipment vendor and provider of communications products and services.