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The Voice of 5G

The Voice of 5G

Podcast about 5th generation mobile networks from Ericsson.


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Episode 68 - 5G in the United States

US service providers were among the first to launch 5G and we have Ericsson's head of 5G marketing in North America, Peter Linder (known as @onelinders on Twitter), on the podcast to give us an update on what has happened, what's happening and what's about to happen with 5G in the near future in the United States of America.
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Episode 67 - Half a billion 5G subscriptions

Half a billion 5G subscriptions by the end of 2021? Let's take a look at the latest mobile network statistics! We have Anette Lundvall, project manager for Ericsson Mobility Report, on the podcast to give us an update on the progress of rolling out 5G technology in the world. You can download the report here:
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Episode 66 - mmWave 5G

What's so special about millimeter wave 5G? And what do they mean when they talk high band? In today's episode we have Ericsson's mmWave product experts Anders Helsing and Laetitia Falconetti with us to explain all about mmWave, and why it's so special. They call it "the icing on the cake" in this blog:
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Episode 65 - Silicon, under the hood of 5G processing

What's going on inside the 5G equipment? What's the difference between having purpose-built hardware for 5G processing and putting the computing into the cloud? We're visited by Michael Begley, Head of Ericsson's RAN Compute, who will explain why processing is increasingly important in 5G, as well as what Moore's law brings to the table. More about Ericsson Silicon here
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Episode 64 - 5G Spectrum Sharing

How is 5G spectrum allocated between 4G and 5G in the best, most dynamic way? Once again we have Dr Sibel Tombaz - or Mrs Ericsson Spectrum Sharing as she's also known - joining our podcast, this time together with Hannes Ekström, to talk about the latest development withing Dynamic Spectrum Sharing. What's happened during the last year, is it in use, and what do the service providers say about it? More about Spectrum Sharing - and a video with Sibel - can be found here:
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Episode 63 - 5G Network Slicing

We're diving into the area of slicing 5G networks together with experts Pehr Claesson, marketing director at Ericsson with focus on enterprise opportunities, and Ajay Gautam, strategic product manager for RAN slicing, also at Ericsson. Find out more about Network Slicing on our website here:
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Episode 62 - 5G in Europe and Latin America

We've called in Ericsson's Head of Networks for Europe and Latin America, Christian Leon, to give us an update about what has happened in these regions when it comes to 5G during 2020, and what we can expect in 2021. One unexpected thing that happened between the time of the interview and this week was that Sweden - at last - finalized our 5G midband spectrum auctions!
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Episode 61 - The 5G year of 2020

Together with Cecilia Atterwall, head of Ericsson Network's marketing and communicationss, and Hannes Ekström, head of Ericsson's 5G access products, we look back on the year of 2020 - what happened within the area of 5G and 5G technology for us during the year? What were the highlights in this year riddled by the pandemic? And what are we looking forward to seeing more of in 2021?
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Episode 60 - 5G for Startups

How can enterprises, small businesses and startups use 5G? We get this question quite a lot, which is why we've invited Cristina Pandrea, Senior Researcher at Ericsson Consumer Lab, and project lead for Startup 5G program, and Jasmeet Sethi, Head of Ericsson's Consumer Lab, to this podcast to talk about their new program Startup 5G! More info here:
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Episode 59 - Cloud RAN

We're visited by colleagues Eric Parsons and Gabriel Foglander from Ericsson's Cloud RAN team who will talk about moving functionality from the Radio Access Network, the RAN, to the cloud - ie moving it to connected, virtualized servers. Why is this such a hot topic right now and why is this important for 5G latency? Read more about what they have just launched here:
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Episode 58 - 5G for Public Safety

In this episode Antti Kauppinen of Finish Erillisverkot is visiting the podcast to tell us all about the Virve 2.0 project, providing connectivity to the public safety workers in Finland together with Ericsson's Head of Mission Critical Networks, Manuel Ruiz. Manuel will be one of the speakers at the Critical Communication Week, an online event you can join here:
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Episode 57 - Bringing 5G to Power

There are a multitude of applications - or as we call it "use cases" - for 5G, and today the time has come to power utilities! What can 5G bring to power - well that's actually the headline for a report from our Consumer & Industry Lab and we have their senior researcher Patrik Hedlund as well as Marcus Törnqvist who is strategic product manager for Ericsson's IoT platform services with us in this episode to talk about this topic. Here's the link to the report:
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Episode 56 - Soft 5G

5G is not just about hardware! In this episode we talk about software features which are already improving 5G coverage and capacity! We're talking massive MIMO, Uplink Booster and carrier aggregation with Sebastian Faxér and Björn Karlberg from our product management team - what are these features doing for 5G and will we see more software upgrades going forward?
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Episode 55 - New 5G Antenna Integrated Radio launches

A press release went out this week with the heading "New Ericsson AIR solutions to accelerate 5G mid-band deployment" - and we have David Hammarwall, head of product line Radio at Ericsson and Mikael Eriksson, who heads up the antenna business from our Kathrein acquisition to talk about these launches. Learn more about Antenna Integrated Radios and why mid-band spectrum is crucial from these experts - and if you want to see these antennas, watch the live broadcast from earlier this week here:
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Episode 54 - COVID-19 impact on mobile networks and 5G

New Ericsson Mobility Report is out with a special section about the impact of the pandemic on mobile networks and network roll-outs and in this episode we have both the Patrik Cerwall, executive editor of that report, and Jasmeet Singh Sethi who has studied how ICT consumers are impacted by the pandemic. You can find Ericsson Mobility Report here: and the ConsumerLab study here:
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Episode 53 - Cellular IoT and Dedicated Networks ? an update

Returning guests Marie Hogan and Thomas Noren reached out to give us an update about all the fascinating things happening in the area of IoT - and especially in the Critical IoT area where dedicated networks play a vital part. The article mentioned in this episode can be found here:
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Episode 52 - What is needed to provide 5G beyond mobile broadband?

Let's talk some strategy! We have guests from Ericsson's Strategic Customer Engagements team with us today to talk about their new report "Capturing business opportunities beyond mobile broadband" which is a guide for communication service providers wanting to venture into the B2B sphere of providing connectivity not only to smartphone users, but also enterprises. Dowload the report here:
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Episode 51 - Sweden is live with 5G!

We were waiting for spectrum auctions, but commercial 5G in Sweden jumped the gun and launched already in May 2020! We have Ericsson's Head of Marketing and Communications in Northern & Central Europe, Thomas Johansen, on the line to talk about how the biggest service provider in Sweden, Telia, has started rolling out their commercial 5G network - what happened, what are they doing, and what's coming?
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Episode 50 - Is 5G energy efficient?

We're talking to Ericsson's head of sustainability, Mats Pellbäck-Scharp, about how 5G can "break the energy curve". The expectations might be that as 5G means more data being transmitted, it will also use more power. But is that true? Here's the report we're talking about:
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Episode 49 - Spectrum sharing update

Under lock-down, Dr Sibel Tombaz returns to give us the latest updates on Dynamic Spectrum Sharing - and especially our own Ericsson Spectrum Sharing solution. She visited us in episode 3 when we were talking about 5G spectrum - at a time when 3GPP 5G was still not launched, and there were no 5G phones... To learn more about our spectrum sharing solution, follow this link:
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Episode 48 - 5G Roll-Outs and Network Services

It was 4 AM in Texas and 8 PM in Melbourne when we recorded this podcast with two remote guests - Sören Marklund, Portfolio Strategy for Support Services and Andres Torres, Strategic Product Manager for Network Roll-out services - while we were keeping ourselves away from the ongoing pandemic in our studio. This is the case with TDC, Denmark, mentioned in this episode:
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Episode 47 - 5G speed

We visit a record breaking 5G speed test and talk to Ericsson's Head of High-Band and Active Antenna Systems, Sibel Tombaz, as well as test expert Anthony Paravati, who is guiding us through the setup of a speed test. You also get some information about different speed tests and what to look out for from Paul, we talk URLLC, and introduce our sister podcast The Startup 5, which will share the same stream.
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Episode 46 - 5G Sites, what's happening out there?

5G is being rolled out right now, but what's happening on the actual premises where the hardware is when 5G is added? We have Shashi Pemmaraju who's busy managing 5G customer solutions for Ericsson across sites in North America, and Martin Högberg who's our head of site solutions, visiting this episode to talk about 5G Sites. More info here:
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Episode 45 - Private 5G networks for enterprises

We're not keeping quiet about private networks! It's being talked about - but what does private networks actually mean? Manuel Ruiz is Ericsson's head of Mission Critical and Private Networks visits us in the studio to talk about this interesting area - what's happening and how will it be used in the future? And if you want to know more about the techy stuff, here's their new whitepaper:
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Episode 44 - First 5G updates this decade

We recap some 5G news from the last couple of weeks - we talk 5G speed record, 5G for water utilities and eSIM among other interesting occurrences. For more on eSIM look here: and as usual, you can reach us on [email protected]
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Episode 43 - The 5G year or 2019

We're summarizing the year together with Ericsson's head of 5G commercialization - Thomas Noren - from the first launches in April until December 19. We also ask Thomas to answer some questions from the live LinkedIn broadcast on November 26! Here you can find the December statistics from GSA, mentioned on the podcast:
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Episode 42 - Live on LinkedIn talking Ericsson Mobility Report and 5G in Korea

Instead of doing one live broadcast and one podcast episode about the latest 5G forecast figures - now reaching all the way to 2025 - we combined the two and actually recorded the podcast live in Ericsson's showroom, with guests Patrik Cerwall and Jawad Manssour. You can see all our pretty faces here: and download the report here:
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Episode 41 - 5G news and tweets

We are excited that the president of the USA is tweeting about 5G - but also about all the interesting 5G news out there and some tweets we got after our last episode about 5G indoors! Paul will dig down and talk a bit about wifi and also explain how building owners can use the Ericsson Radio Dot system to provide multi-operator coverage in for example shopping centers.
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Episode 40 - 5G indoors

When it comes down to seamless connectivity - what about when you take your smartphone indoors? Do you use WiFi, DAS or Small Cells? We have Jessey Huang visiting us in the studio all the way from Beijing, and Lindsay Beall from Ottowa in Canada on the phone - giving us their best sales pitch for 5G indoor coverage! The paper mentioned in the episode is available here:
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Episode 39 - 5G Antennas

What's so special about radio antennas for 5G? We have Ericsson's Strategic Product Manager for Radio with us in the podcast studio and he'll explain all about Active Antennas - antennas with radios built in, and also give us an update on why it was important for Ericsson to acquire the antenna and filter part from our long-time partner Kathrein.
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Episode 38 - Artificial Intelligence in 5G networks

What is AI and what does it have to do in a 5G network? We're joined in the studio by Rickard Cöster, technical expert of data science machine learning at Ericsson Research and Patrik Persson, strategic product manager for "AI in RAN" to give you an overview. You can find out more about the launch here: and contact us on [email protected]
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Episode 37 - 5G at Mobile World Congress Los Angeles

It's the week of Mobile World Congress - this time in Los Angeles, California - and we talk to B2B tech influencer Evan Kirstel who's covering the event for Ericsson on site. What's the highlights he's seen so far? And does he have a 5G phone?
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Episode 36 - 5G in India

We give you a very brief update about what was showing at India Mobile Congress and an interview with Nitin Bansal, Managing Director and Head of Network Solutions for Ericsson in India who talks about what's happening with 5G in the country which GSMA is expecting to have 88 million 5G subscriptions in 2025.
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Episode 35 - 5G business potential - a market compass

What areas can service providers expect to be making money on with their 5G connectivity? We have Martin Ekstrand in the studio guiding us through a new study called "5G for business - a 2030 market compass", looking into potential revenues for 200 use cases across 10 industries - and find that industry digitalization could be a USD 700 billion opportunity by 2030. Download the report here: and register for the live webinar on October 29 here: Music: May the Chords Be With You by Computer Music All-stars, and contact us on [email protected]
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Episode 34 - 5G sustainability and listener questions

As it's #UNGA74 we have a look into our own Technology For Good Impact Report and talk about a couple of cases wher 5G can contribute. We also bring up some 5G news and answer a bunch of listener questions. Download the report here and read the blog Paul mentions here Music: May the Chords Be With You by Computer Music All-stars, and contact us on [email protected]
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Episode 33 - Educational: 5G chipsets and 5G spectrum updates

Focus your multi-array nanometerwave antennas for radio signals on this new episode where we try to make sense of the basics behind the latest 5G news and developments. Then use those 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz lowband receivers and let us entertain you! Music: May the Chords Be With You by Computer Music All-stars, and contact us on [email protected]
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Episode 32 - Analyzing the 5G summer of 2019

We're visited by industry analyst (and influencer) Daryl Schoolar - practice leader of Ovum's Intelligent Networks team, specializing in the mobile access network. He has been vising Ericsson HQ to present their view on what's happening in the telecom industry - and he's also a podcast listener. Now he has the opportunity to tell us what he sees happening in 5G. Follow him on twitter @DHSchoolar and contact us via e-mail on [email protected]
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Episode 31 - 5G news recap to July 10 2019

After a couple of episodes of interviews and events we're recapping what's happened in the last couple of weeks with 5G launches all over the world! Let us know if there's something we've missed by e-mailing us on [email protected] or pinging us on social media - we're on twitter @janinahed & @PaulCowlng. And we'll be back in August! Music: May the Chords Be With You by Computer Music All-stars
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Episode 30 - Drones, ambulances and autonomous vehicles

We're taking our show on the road by visiting Kista Mobility Day where Ericsson and other tech companies and initiatives were showing the latest connected inventions on the streets - right in an area covered by our 5G test networks! We talked drones with Petra Dalunde from Urban ICT Arena, connected ambulances with Ericsson's Kati Öhman and afterwards we also managed to talk to Per Degerman, CTO of Einride, who were showing their T-Pod, an autonomous and fully electric truck. More about Einride here:
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Episode 29 - New deployment solutions for 5G

We're visited by Hannes Ekström, head of product line 5G RAN in Ericsson Networks who tells us all about the latest product additions to Ericsson's 5G Platform, more about that here: Paul also talks about running "the Ragnar" - a 285km race around Mälaren - and we update you on the latest 5G news.
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Episode 28 - New 5G forecasts and launching 5G with Sprint

Two great guests visits us! First the executive editor of Ericsson Mobility Report, Patrik Cerwall, who talks about how wrong he was in Episode 4. Second, Ajit Bhatia, who's been working together with Ericsson's customer Sprint to launch 5G across four cities in the US, gives us an update on that launch. If you want to know more about what Sprint is doing - listen to Ivo Rook, Senior Vice President of IoT at Sprint, you can find that interview on the IoT podcast here:
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Episode 27 - 5G meets data science

Not everyone in Ericsson works with Networks ? today we are talking to Anne Bezancon and Paul McLachlan from Emodo, part of Ericsson's Technology and New Businesses area. They have another perspective of the use of 5G and explain their vision of what happens when 5G meets data science. The podcast they mention is called FIVE, and more about Emodo here: And of course we have the usual roundup of all the latest 5G news. Enjoy!
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Episode 26 - 5G for Industries

In episode 24 we talked about 5G for Consumers, but of course we also need to talk about 5G for Industries. What's in 5G for enterprises - manufacturing - healthcare and other areas? We're joined via Skype from London by Peter Marshall to talk about this important topic. Here's the report Peter mentions in the podcast: and remember to e-mail us your questions, suggestions and comments on [email protected]
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Episode 25 - Live from 5G Transport Summit

We have two of Ericsson's customers visiting the podcast - Klaus Liechti of Swisscom, Switzerland, and Glenn Landgren from Hi3G, Denmark, and we're recording live from the 5G Transport Summit in Gothenburg. For questions, comments and suggestions e-mail us on [email protected]
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Episode 24 - 5G for Consumers

What's in 5G for consumers? And what's the business potential for communication service providers (ie mobile operators)? We talk to Head of Ericsson's ConsumerLab, Jasmeet Singh Sethi, about their latest study "5G Consumer Potential" and wonder what will be the next "killer app". Download the report here, it's free: Music: May the Chords Be With You by Computer Music All-stars
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Episode 23 - 5G Core

What are core networks and what's so different with 5G Core that it's not launched until 2020? We have Ericsson's head of 5G Core, Erwin van Rijssen, with us in the studio to explain Stand Alone (SA) versus Non-Stand Alone (NSA) 5G, EPC vs 5GC and the user benefits of Network Slicing. Last week Erwin participated in a webinar about Network Slicing, and if you want to know more you can see it here: Music: May the Chords Be With You by Computer Music All-stars
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Episode 22 - 5G networks launched

Faster than we imagined and a bit of the race to launch the first 5G networks for enhanced mobile broadband for consumers with smartphones! Ericsson's Janina Hedberg and Paul Cowling spends this week's episode on topics like what's happening in South Korea, US and Switzerland, what about the 5Groeningen winners, the development of micro processors - and Dogglas the dog turning 13.
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Episode 21 - 5G history and future

Ericsson's Head of Research, Magnus Frodigh, and Head of Technology Strategy, Håkan "Mr 5G" Andersson joins us in the studio to talk about how 5G came to be, what it is now, and what it will be in the future - and will there be a 6G? Music: May the Chords Be With You by Computer Music All-stars
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Episode 20 - 5G Chipsets & Devices

Come with us as we do a deep-dive into the world of interoperability tests, 5G chipsets and 5G devices ? smartphones! ? together with our Global Partner Director, Lisa Englund. And we also talk a bit about 5G Transport ? will it be microwave or fiber? This is where you can find the Microwave Outlook mentioned in the podcast: Here?s the blog by Kevin Murphy And just out - Mobile Transport Evolution available for download here:
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Episode 19 - 5G Operations & Maintenance

5G networks are getting closer and closer to being available for the general public - what does network service providers need to think about when it comes to operating and maintaining networks - and in particular when it comes to 5G? We have Gillian Leetch in the studio to explain. Music: May the Chords Be With You by Computer Music All-stars
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