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Ericsson To Build 'Fully-Automated' 5G Factory In the US By Early 2020

Thursday June 27, 2019. 12:00 PM , from Slashdot
Ericsson announced its plans to build a 5G factory in the U.S. sometime early next year. 'The factory will be the Swedish telco equipment maker's first fully-automated factory, the company said, and will be used to produce 5G radios designed for urban areas,' reports ZDNet. 'It will also make Advanced Antenna System radios that it said are components for large-scale deployments of 4G and 5G networks for both rural and urban coverage.' From the report: Ericsson did not provide details about where the factory will be located, but the company has plans to initially employ around 100 people at the factory, which will have 'highly automated operations.' Ericsson is currently signed on by T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, US Cellular, and GCI to help build out their respective 5G mobile networks. According to the Ericsson's latest mobility report, North America is expected to lead in the adoption of 5G, with the company predicting that 63% of North American mobile subscriptions will be 5G-based in 2024. Fierce Wireless says the company has made a direct investment of about $100 million, 'which will kick in during the third quarter of this year.'

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