Sweden’s Ericsson is opening a lab in Ottawa, Canada, to work on new 5G radio access networks (RAN) technologies.
Ericsson Open Lab is a virtual and physical space for collaboration and co-creation with communications service providers and ecosystem partners.
The telecoms equipment maker said the technologies would include Open RAN, which would allow mobile operators to build networks that are not tied to a vendor.
The company is working with service providers such as KDDI, Orange, Softbank Corp and Turkcell, as well as partners such as Intel and Nvidia.
“This initiative will help to test the limits of 5G connectivity, working closely with operators and enterprise customers globally, as the industry continues to adopt more open architectures,” said executive vice president Fredrik Jejdling.
The Open Lab follows Ericsson's announcement of its Cloud RAN product portfolio development. The lab enables further development of Ericsson Cloud RAN solutions.
For the full year 2020, Ericsson reported organic top-line growth of 5.1 per cent, a gross margin of 40.3 per cent and operating margin of 12 per cent.
It also announced 44 5G contracts in 2020 and closed the year with 122 commercial agreements and 79 live 5G networks globally.
Last year, Nokia became the first major telecoms equipment maker to add open interfaces in its products that allow mobile operators to build networks not linked to a vendor.