Improving American networks today and tomorrow through public and private collaborations

At Ericsson, our goal has long been to empower a smart, sustainable and connected world. Most recently, our Group Function and Ericsson Research team in Silicon Valley worked with the US National Science Foundation (NSF) and industry partners to deliver on this promise by turning to the next generation of cellular networks, Current Wi-Fi and satellite. NextG Systems.

NextG systems will connect billions of sensors, billions of people through devices and cloud services, and will improve data streaming, communications, analytics and automation. Just as 5G is emerging as a platform for the new digital economy, these future networks and systems will serve as a catalyst for major advancements in education, transportation, public health and safety. , defense and associated critical infrastructure.

Ericsson is partnering with the NSF, the Department of Defense (DoD), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and eight technology leaders in the private sector to form the Resilient and Intelligent Next-Generation Systems – RINGS program, in abbreviated – which aims to accelerate research on NextG systems. The program was announced on April 27 by the White House Office of Science and Technology as “NSF’s largest effort to date to engage public and private partners to jointly support a research program.”

NextG networks will improve the ‘handshake’ between users’ end devices, cloud and cloud services, improve data streaming, communications, detection, analysis and automation, and focus also on the advancement of underlying technologies to ensure global availability, security and reliability.

Resilience and reliability will be essential for the networks of the future. By strengthening security from the start, ensuring that the right policies are in place to foster the innovations and economic development that these systems will bring, and building on our decades of experience in public-private partnerships, we can accelerate development faster and more efficiently. research results on new technologies and solutions.

In addition to RINGS, Ericsson is engaged in ongoing sponsorship of the NSF PAWR Industry Consortium. Ericsson provides end-to-end 4G / 5G network equipment and services to support application testing in a real environment. Specifically, Ericsson provides 4G and 5G radios, antennas, site infrastructure, front-haul infrastructure, 4G and 5G core network and services to integrate, test and deploy the network. The fully programmable system allows researchers to adjust network parameters in ways that were not previously possible, and it is unique to have an operational, production-level network specifically available for research and experimentation.

As part of the PAWR program, Ericsson recently supplied advanced equipment to the aerial research and experimentation platform for the AERPAW (Advanced Wireless) advanced wireless test bench platform for testing. 5G applications. The AERPAW platform is designed for experimentation with wireless communications and unmanned aerial vehicles, including a terrestrial network. This work will accelerate research and commercialization of wireless technologies.

Why are these projects important? Together, Ericsson’s efforts through RINGS and AERPAW represent a substantial commitment by the company as one of the world’s leading providers of wireless technology to help shape the networks of the future. NextG systems will be essential to tackle major societal challenges, such as climate change and the digital divide, in order to create a better and more sustainable world. We are committed to continuing this work to help connect people and transform industries.

The convergence of “communications, computing and control (AI / ML) will change the way networks are built. This exciting research program examines what resilience means and what technologies are available to achieve convergence with four Research vectors: 1) Security, 2) Network intelligence / adaptability, 3) Autonomy, and 4) Exploratory resilience components, as well as four enabling technologies: 1) Radio, 2) Spectrum, 3) Peripheral-edge-cloud continuum , and 4) Digital, physical and virtual worlds fusion.

Please see the NSF RINGS program solicitation:

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