KPN selects Ericsson for 5G Core

15 Oct 2020

Ericsson has been selected by Dutch fixed and wireless operator KPN as its mobile core network vendor. Under the five-year agreement, Ericsson will deploy dual-mode 5G Core software with full support services including a systems integration programme. Ericsson says the secure cloud-native 5G Core will deliver a significant upgrade to KPN’s existing 2G/3G/4G packet core and signalling technology and enable it to deploy its first standalone 5G network, meeting increasing data demands in existing consumer markets while pursuing new 5G innovation opportunities in emerging enterprise segments supported by enhanced network slicing capabilities, including critical IoT applications such as smart transport and emerging ultra-low-latency gaming use cases.

KPN’s CTO Babak Fouladi said: ‘By partnering with Ericsson on the latest technologies, gigabit data rates, real-time communication and massive IoT are becoming reality.’ Ericsson’s Europe/Latin America head Arun Bansal added: ‘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.’

Netherlands, Ericsson, KPN