T-Systems and Ericsson partner on campus network initiative

  • May 8, 2021

BONN, Germany — T-Systems and Ericsson are partnering to offer an integrated set of campus network solutions.

The partnership is based on Ericsson’s campus network infrastructure and T-Systems’ edge computing capabilities, according to the companies.

Ericsson and T-Systems plan to deliver an integrated end-to-end campus network solution that gives customers a "high-quality, seamless service." The offering will be available to clients worldwide.

The alliance comes as the mobile companies are operating in "the age of things," where systems, sensors and algorithms both produce and consume "vast amounts of data" and artificial intelligence (AI) helps transform data into decisions.

This new set of "digitization requirements" is focused on enhanced performance, reliability and security as well as anytime access to information.

As such, client demand for 5G-based campus networks is "growing rapidly" and driven by enterprises requiring connectivity solutions with high throughput and low latency, without compromising on security, according to the partners.

“Enterprise is looking to take advantage of the high level of coverage and capacity of private networks for future-proof solutions," said Arun Bansal, Ericsson's EVP and head of market area for Europe and Latin America.

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Technology partners

The partnership is based on an existing agreement between T-System and Ericsson, focusing on the German market, which will be extended internationally.

The mobile carriers intend to "leverage" their footprints as well as offer joint campus network solutions, particularly to the industrial sector.

As enterprises "look to scale up their digitization and automation," the partners can meet "global business needs quickly and securely," said Adel Al-Saleh, T-Systems' CEO.

The network solutions will be based on each company's related expertise: Ericsson's campus network infrastructure technologies and T-System's edge computing solutions and additional services, built on its scalable EdgAir Computing Platform, ranging from embedded systems to frame solutions.

Al-Saleh called the alliance a "close collaboration."

New client business models

Campus network customers will be able to control and manage their 4G and 5G networks based on their business processes and "react quickly" to exceptions.

The network flexibility ensures bandwidth and prioritized data traffic for the private network during excessive load or critical situations.

The companies believe the high-volume on-site data processing will enable innovative use cases, efficiency improvements and cost reductions, forming the basis for "new digitalized business models."

Ericsson's Bansal said the cloud network solutions will power "the next generation of disruptors and innovators."

5G campus networks

Other mobile carriers such as Nokia and T-Systems are also promoting their 5G campus networks.

For instance, with 5G components from Nokia, Bosch brought its first 5G campus network online last fall at its plant in Feuerbach, Germany.

The Industry 4.0 plant aims to "manufacture under previously unheard-of conditions," with data being transferred "extremely reliably and ultra-fast and machines reacting almost instantaneously," according to Bosch.

For the first time, wireless implementation at the plant will be possible for critical applications that require "absolute precision and safety."

"Without exception, people and machines will be able to cooperate safely and without barriers," Bosch asserted.

“5G strengthens our competitiveness and lets us make even more of Industry 4.0’s potential,” said Dr. Michael Bolle, board of management member and CDO/CTO, Bosch. 

Bosch plans to gradually roll out 5G campus networks to about 250 plants around the world.

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