Ericsson will also provide automation services and network orchestration, which will enable the introduction of ultra-reliable, low-latency network slicing and communications solutions
Italian telecommunications firm Gruppo TIM has selected Ericsson’s core technology for its 5G standalone network.
Gruppo TIM will leverage Ericsson’s dual-mode 5G Core to modernise its current Evolved Packet Core and to offer the new 5G standalone in a single cloud-native solution.
The 5G standalone network will allow increased data transfer speeds, reduced latency, and broader coverage, said Ericsson.
Under the terms of the agreement, Ericsson will also provide automation services and network orchestration. These are said to enable the introduction of ultra-reliable, low-latency network slicing and communications (URLLC) solutions, said the Swedish networking and telecommunications company.
With URLLC solutions, new services for consumers and businesses are expected to be rolled out rapidly.
The shift to 5G standalone is claimed to be a significant step in the continued expansion of the Italian telecom operator’s 5G infrastructure with higher data transfer rates, ultra-low latency, and deployment of equipment across Italy.
Ericsson Italy president Andrea Missori said: “This new partnership with TIM will allow to take full advantage of 5G, benefitting both consumers and businesses, and will contribute to accelerate the country’s digital transformation.
“With 5G standalone it will be possible to activate a series of innovative services that require high performance, low latency and maximum security, as well as the network slicing functionality that will allow mobile operators to monetise network quality.”
In October 2022, Ericsson signed a multi-year 5G contract with Reliance Jio Infocomm (Jio), an Indian communications service provider.
Under the contract, Ericsson will supply energy efficient 5G RAN products and solutions from the Ericsson Radio System portfolio in addition to E-band microwave mobile transport solutions for the Jio 5G network.