Ericsson launches Time-Critical Communication for real-time 5G

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Ericsson has today announced the launch of an end-to-end solution that will guarantee the consistent low latency and high reliability demanded by time-critical applications and services for consumers, enterprises, and public sector. The company is enabling Time-Critical Communication through its new critical IoT product, which is easily deployable as a software upgrade on public and private 5G networks, in wide and local areas, on any 5G frequency band. 

The new solution will allow communications service providers to further enhance experiences in real-time media use cases like cloud gaming and AR/VR, and unlock possibilities in remote control, mobility automation, and industrial control. Aswell as the estimated 2.5 billion mobile gamers across the world, who will enjoy lag-free gaming experience, the new solution will benefit all 5G users looking for immersive XR experiences. It will also be incredibly useful to enterprises, industries, and public agencies where production processes or mission-critical services depend heavily on high-performance reliable connectivity.

“Now we are taking 5G to the next level with Time-Critical Communication.”

Per Narvinger, Ericsson.

“Ericsson continues to introduce innovative 5G solutions that fuel the global uptake of 5G. Now we are taking 5G to the next level with Time-Critical Communication, a solution that will give our customers the tools to expand their offerings for the consumer, enterprise, and public sectors and further monetise 5G effectively,” said Per Narvinger, Head of Product Area Networks, Ericsson.

5G software toolbox

Time-Critical Communication is a software toolbox for resolving lags and interruptions in mobile networks. It combines the 3GPP-specified ultra-reliable, low latency communication standard with Ericsson innovations to mitigate major causes of latency. Built on Ericsson’s expertise in Radio Access Network, Transport, 5G Core, Service Management & Orchestration, BSS, and support services, this software product delivers consistent low latency – 50ms to 1ms – end to-end at specified guaranteed levels – 99.9 percent to 99.999 percent – enabling time-critical use cases at scale.

As many emerging use cases are time-critical in nature, demanding the guarantee of consistent low latency and highly reliable performance, currently not possible in today’s 4G and 5G networks, Ericsson’s new solution is designed to address that need and deliver on the full promise of 5G.

Pioneering 5G for time-critical use cases

Ericsson has been piloting 5G for time-critical use cases with customers and industry partners such as BT and Hyperbat, Einride and Telia, Boliden, ABB, Audi, Fraunhofer IPT, DT and Rockwell Automation.

“Boosting productivity and efficiency of industrial operations.”

Dave Vasko, Rockwell Automation.

“Time-Critical Communication with 5G can change the industrial automation sector by reducing cables, increasing flexibility and agility, enhancing visibility, and enabling new digital applications with mobility. The ability to deliver consistent low latency with high reliability will be crucial for wirelessly connecting XR, sensors, controllers, and actuators – boosting productivity and efficiency of industrial operations,” said Dave Vasko, Director, Advanced Technology at Rockwell Automation. 

In a recent partnership with Deutsche Telekom and Telstra, Ericsson showed the benefits of L4S (Low Latency Low Loss Scalable throughput) technology in reducing lag in an interactive cloud game. Indeed, L4S is one of the new features in the Time-Critical Communication toolbox. Ericsson has also reached a new milestone with MediaTek by proving that 5G can deliver 1ms consistent low latency with 99.99 percent reliability in both uplink and downlink on mm Wave band. 

“5G can enable the most demanding, time-critical applications such as real-time control of industrial automation systems.”

JS Pan, MediaTek.

“Together with Ericsson we have shown what 5G can deliver in terms of consistent low latency and high reliability in both uplink and downlink. This key milestone proves that 5G can enable the most demanding, time-critical applications such as real-time control of industrial automation systems,” said JS Pan, General Manager, Wireless Communication System and Partnerships, MediaTek. 

Rachael Sharpe

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