Ericsson, América Móvil to deliver 5G test system in Brazil

Ericsson is working with América Móvil to bring the first 5G test system to Brazil in 2016. The two companies also plan to deploy a test system for Internet of Things (IoT) to focus on low battery consumption applications, such as low power sensors for remote areas.

"For 5G, our focus is to understand how the systems will be used by both society and industries," said Hans Vestberg, president and CEO of Ericsson, in a press release. "To be ready with complete commercial networks in 2020, Ericsson is partnering with América Móvil for the first 5G test system in Brazil as a clear demonstration of our competitive advantage, and at the same time we are bringing research out of the labs and into live test networks."

In addition to previously announced 5G radio research with Federal University of Ceará (UFC), Ericsson announced additional programs with the University of São Paulo (USP) and University of Campinas (UNICAMP) to be conducted in 2017. Research will include networks that communicate without human input and autonomous communications systems based on sensors, which could provide the foundation for road systems that communicate with road authorities in case of emergency, weather systems that monitor road conditions and self-driving cars. Release