KPN opts for Ericsson standalone in 5G core network

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Deployment of the Swedish vendor’s standalone core technology will start underway later this year.

As part of a five-year agreement, Ericsson will deploy dual-mode 5G Core software with support services, including an accompanying systems integration programme with third-line support services.

Ericsson 5G Core will upgrade to KPN’s 2G, 3G and 4G packet core and signalling technology so the operator can deploy its first standalone 5G network. 

Cloud-native

Ericsson says its secure, cloud-native, dual-mode Ericsson 5G Core will allow KPN to meet increasing data demands of consumers and pursue new 5G opportunities in enterprise segments using network slicing capabilities.

The opportunities include IoT applications with critical demands such as smart transport and emerging ultra-low-latency gaming use cases.

Babak Fouladi, Chief Technology and Digital Officer and Member of the Board of Management, KPN, says, “With our new 5G core network, we are entering the next era of mobile technology. By partnering with Ericsson on the latest technologies, gigabit data rates, real-time communication and massive IoT are becoming reality.

“This will enable new functionalities and capabilities for our customers and society and confirms KPN is truly delivering on its promise to be the network of the Netherlands.”

Dutch digitalisation

Arun Bansal, President of Europe and Latin America, Ericsson, commented, ”We are pleased to expand our 100-year partnership with …We will work closely with KPN to ensure that consumers and enterprises in the Netherlands can benefit from the emerging opportunities of 5G as it embraces digitalization.

“Ericsson’s cloud-native dual-mode 5G Core provides the cutting-edge, container-based, microservice architecture that will help KPN to both develop new business models as well as move onto the next level of network operational efficiency.”