Ericsson says it will now open a 5G R&D site in France

5G development

At the moment there are only two nationwide 5G networks in the world and the Swedish mobile network vendor wants to help change that.

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) is establishing a new R&D site in France with up to 300 employees, “accelerating its 5G momentum in Europe”, it says. The site will focus initially on 5G software development and security.

Ericsson will open the site in “early 2020”, with a progressive ramp-up to 300 staff. An initial unit will be established at Ericsson’s offices in Massy, France, part of the Paris-Saclay innovation zone. “This will provide access to a competence pool and foster industry and academic collaborations”, Ericsson said.

Fredrik Jejdling, executive vice president and head of networks at Ericsson, said: “We recognise the economic and technological importance of the French market and the country’s influence in Europe. The rich technology ecosystem and key competencies that are present in France are conducive to building 5G through a strong R&D presence in the country.”

He said: “This initiative will strengthen Ericsson’s 5G software portfolio, including enhancing security capabilities, especially for the French and European markets. It will also support our continued focus on Europe and bring the latest innovations to our customers.”

Ericsson currently employs 15,000 engineers in Europe – 60% of its total R&D staff. The company has 18 R&D centres in Europe, including those in Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Spain and Sweden.

The only nationwide 5G network in Europe so far is the one switched on in Switzerland by Swisscom last year. The only one in Asia is in South Korea. In fact, those two are the only nationwide 5G networks in the world at this point.