Ericsson wants to participate in the federal private mobile network
Ericsson is interested in partnering with the federal government’s private cellular network. According to Rodrigo Dienstmann, CEO of Ericsson in the Southern Cone, the company is in initial talks with the EAF (federal network administrator) to participate in the tender process that will be opened.
The executive also believes the private government network concept could be explored by the company in other realms, such as state governments that need connectivity in body cameras and drones.
5G in Brazil
Dienstmann also explained that the growth of Ericsson’s 5G core network in Brazil is accelerating, driven by the federal government’s demand to have an independent network (SA) in exchange for a non-aggregation auction, something that contradicts the basis of the report by Dell’ Oro predicts a slow pace of global technology growth until 2027.
He also recalled that the company plans to sell 50% of fifth-generation equipment this year and that, in 2022, the Ericsson factory in Brazil will export equipment to India, the United States, China and Chile. With the release of frequencies for 5G in other Latin American countries such as Argentina, Peru, Ecuador and Guatemala, the supplier still hopes to expand its sales this year. According to the CEO, this move proves that the BRL 1 billion investment in the Brazilian plant “has proven itself”.
In terms of equipment mix, Marcos Scheffer, vice president of service networks for the Southern Cone at Ericsson, says that, for now, operators are focusing on macro cells for 3.5 GHz coverage. In a second moment comes the reinforcement in indoor coverage and in small cells: “We already have several projects with operators for indoor coverage in commercial premises this year. “Microcells should take some time and will be more for the beginning of next year,” he added.
Ericsson’s local CEO also stated that the private network ecosystem is “adapting”, as the sensor part of the industry is shifting from technologies such as cable and Wi-Fi to 5G. However, Dienstmann stated that this is a bit slower. However, the executive confirmed that it is working to develop more partnerships this year with operators and integrators.
Paulo Bernardocki, director of network solutions at Ericsson, will deliver a lecture on ‘Network cutting: what are the business opportunities?’ on March 23, the second day of Forum of Innovative Operators (FOI), which takes place at the WTC, in São Paulo. It’s worth remembering that network slicing is one of the most promising technologies for 5G and should reach $45 billion in global revenue by 2025, according to a recent report from the provider.
In addition to Network Slicing, the workshop will feature panels on the National IoT Plan; Wi-Fi business models; opportunities with unlicensed spectrum; neutral networks; and FWA. The updated agenda and more information are available at www.operadorasinovadoras.com.br.