XL Axiata taps Ericsson for 5G mobile transport

Ericsson predicts that video traffic on mobile networks will account for 74% of all mobile data traffic globally by 2024. (Ericsson)

Ericsson will provide Indonesia-based wireless carrier XL Axiata with 5G transport products to modernize the company's mobile networks for 5G. Over the next three years, Ericsson will deploy its mobile transport products, including Ericsson’s Router 6000 hardware and software, on XL Axiata’s network. The rollout will start in the second quarter of 2019.

The announcement is the latest in a string of wins for Ericsson in the 5G transport space. In 2018, Ericsson revealed that Swisscom and Scandinavian wireless provider Hi3G had both selected Ericsson’s Router 6000 series to upgrade their respective networks for 5G.

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Wireless operators are facing exponentially increasing data demands as they modernize their networks to support 5G. Ericsson’s latest mobility report, released in November 2018, predicts that video traffic on mobile networks will grow 35% annually over the next five years and will account for 74% of all mobile data traffic globally by 2024.

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The Router 6000 series is Ericsson’s portfolio of mobile transport products for the 5G era. It offers a radio integrated, service provider SDN-enabled IP transport portfolio managed by a single end-to-end management system. It delivers high-performance connectivity for LTE, LTE-Advanced, and 5G applications, according to Ericsson. The Router 6000 is optimized for 10/100G connectivity, high throughput and low latency.