Ericsson (Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson) is the largest supplier of mobile systems in the world. The world’s 10 largest mobile operators are among Ericsson’s customers and some 40% of all mobile calls are made through Ericsson systems. It also provides managed services to networks serving one billion people. Active worldwide since 1876, Ericsson has today around 100,000 employees in more than 140 countries. It is listed in the Stockholm Stock Exchange and in the NASDAQ. Its headquarters are Stockholm, Sweden.
Ericsson España S.A., founded in 1922, is part of the Ericsson group. With over 3000 employees, its R&D Center, located in Madrid, belongs to the Ericsson network of R&D Centers (about 25,000 employees worldwide). It currently has 500 R&D engineers, focusing on mobile systems, services and applications, and responsibility in user and data management, policy management together with traffic classification and management and software-defined networking. The products developed at Madrid R&D Center are shipped to 150 countries, with more than 450 live deployments.
Ericsson Telecomunicazioni SpA (TEI) is a company in the Ericsson Group (Ericsson). Ericsson is a world leader in communications technology and services and a driving force behind the Networked Society. Ericsson long-term relationships with every major telecom operator in the world allow people, businesses and societies to fulfil their potential and create a more sustainable future. Ericsson services, software and infrastructure – especially in mobility, broadband and the cloud – are enabling the telecom industry and other sectors to do better business, increase efficiency, improve the user experience and capture new opportunities. With more than 100,000 professionals and customers in 180 countries, Ericsson combines global scale with technology and services leadership. Ericsson supports networks that connect more than 2.5 billion subscribers. Forty percent of the world’s mobile traffic is carried over Ericsson networks. And its investments in research and development ensure that Ericsson solutions – and customers – stay in front. Founded in 1876, Ericsson has its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Net sales in 2017 were SEK 201.3 billion. Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ OMX stock exchange in Stockholm and the NASDAQ in New York. Ericsson is operating in Italy since 1918.
TEI has a long-term experience in several EU projects as for example OASE, IDEALIST, 5G CROSSHAUL, 5G TRANSFORMER, 5G EXCHANGE, TERABOARD and IRIS.
The organizations within Ericsson which will be engaged in the project are i) Ericsson Research, which provides Ericsson with system concepts, technology and methodology, to secure long-term competitive product provisioning and ii) Market Area Europe & Latin America, which is the main interface with customers in Europe and Mediterranean area and which coordinates joint programs with industrial partners and operators.
Ericsson Telecomunicazioni SpA (TEI), and in particular the units hosted in Pisa, Rome and Turin, are handling cooperation with industrial partners and academia also in the context of multi-year programs like, for example the “5G for Italy” initiative with TI (Telecom Italia) and the “Torino 5G” initiative.
The research team in Pisa, which will directly contribute to the project, has a proven experience in robotics having showcased cutting-edge solutions in leading conferences and events including Mobile World Congress in 2016, 2017, 2018. Since 2015, Ericsson Research is driving research on Mobile Cloud Robotics (MCR), that aims to merge cloud technologies and mobile solutions to provide innovative 5G services for robotic systems. In this area TEI is working on relevant demonstrator to experiment realistic MCR scenarios where traditional robots, programmed to carry out specific functions are replaced by new robots connected to the cloud. In addition, Ericsson Research, in tight synergy with the mentioned Ericsson MELA department, is also contributing to long-term experiments in cooperation with Comau (also partner in 5Growth consortium) to explore the potential of 5G for smart manufacturing and Industry 4.0 scenarios.