Ericsson selected by SoftBank Corp. to deliver cloud native dual-mode 5G Core

Ericsson selected by SoftBank Corp. to deliver cloud native dual-mode 5G Core

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KISTA, Sweden, July 20, 2020

KISTA, Sweden, July 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has been selected by SoftBank Corp. ("SoftBank") to deliver cloud native 5G Core for SoftBank's 5G Standalone Network. The solution, which includes Ericsson Cloud Packet Core, Ericsson Cloud Unified Data Management and Policy, as well as Ericsson NFVI, will play a key role in SoftBank's operational transformation. Zero-touch operation, including continuous delivery and integration processes (CI/CD), is made possible through container-based microservice architecture and its automation capabilities.

Ericsson's dual-mode 5G Core provides SoftBank with capabilities that enable the development of new 5G use cases for mobile broadband users, as well as for enterprises and industry partners. Ericsson and SoftBank have been continuously collaborating in developing and deploying 5G technologies throughout the Japanese market including 5G RAN and 5G EPC. In May 2019, Ericsson was selected by SoftBank as its primary 5G radio access network (RAN) vendor.

Keiichi Makizono, Senior Vice President, CIO of SoftBank, says: "Japan is a leading 5G telecom market and together with Ericsson we are building a new platform of innovation for the country. Under our new agreement, we will extend our long-term partnership and provide a high quality and future-proof platform enabling a new wave of innovation for Japanese society."

Luca Orsini, Head of Ericsson Japan, says: "Ericsson's cloud native dual-mode 5G Core provides the cutting-edge container-based microservice architecture that will help SoftBank to both develop new business models towards consumers, enterprise and industry partners as well as to move onto the next level of network operational efficiency."

Ericsson currently has 99 commercial 5G agreements or contracts with unique operators and supports 54 live 5G networks worldwide. 


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Find out more about Ericsson 5G.

Find out more about Ericsson 5G Core

Find out more about Ericsson NFVI

Ericsson and SoftBank Corp. to deploy multi-band 5G network  (May 2019)

Find out more about Ericsson's other publicly announced 5G contracts.
Find out more about Ericsson's 5G partnerships.
Find out more about Ericsson 5G use case trials.


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