SoftBank Corp. selected Ericsson, one of the leading Information and Communication Technology (ICT) provider, to deliver cloud-native 5G Core for its 5G Standalone Network. Ericsson’s new solution comprises of Cloud Packet Core, Ericsson Cloud Unified Data Management and Policy, and Ericsson NFVI, which will support SoftBank’s operational transformation. Container-based microservice architecture and its automation capabilities have made it possible to continuously deliver and integrate processes (CI/CD) with the zero-touch operation.

Ericsson’s dual-mode 5G Core enables SoftBank to develop new 5G use cases for mobile broadband users, enterprises, and industry partners. 5G technologies, including 5G, RAN, and 5G EPC has been the result of the continuous collaboration between Ericsson and SoftBank, developing and deploying 5G technologies throughout the Japanese market.

According to Keiichi Makizono, Senior Vice President, CIO of SoftBank, Japan is a leading 5G telecom market, and in collaboration with Ericsson, they are building a new innovative platform for the country. The company is extending its long-term partnership with Ericsson under this new contract, enabling a new wave of innovation for Japanese society.

Ericsson was also selected by SoftBank as its 5G radio access network (RAN) vendor in May 2019. The company currently has 99 commercial 5G agreements or contacts with unique operators and supports 54 live 5G networks worldwide.

Luca Orsini, Head of Ericsson Japan, states that Ericsson’s cloud-native dual-mode 5G Core provides the cutting-edge container-based microservice architecture. This will help SoftBank to develop new business models for consumers, enterprise and industry partners, also to move forward with network operational efficiency.

About Ericsson

Ericsson, a Swedish multinational networking and telecommunications company that aims at shaping the future of mobile broadband Internet communications through its continuous technology leadership. The company is headquartered in Stockholm, provides hardware, software, and services to enable the full value of connectivity.

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About SoftBank Group Corp.

 Headquartered in Tokyo, SoftBank Corp. is a Japanese multinational conglomerate holding company that owns stakes in many energy, technology, and financial companies. The company also runs Vision Fund with over $100 billion in the capital, which is the world’s largest technology-focused venture capital fund.

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