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Ericsson has announced a partnership with China Telecom and China Unicom to deploy 5G radio system products and systems, including spectrum-sharing technology, as the operators roll out 5G across China.
As an established technology and strategic partner for China Telecom and China Unicom, Ericsson will support the communications service providers (CSPs) in their shared efforts to swiftly make 5G services a reality.
Ericsson currently has 91 commercial 5G agreements and contracts with unique operators, including 36 live 5G networks on four continents. Supporting the push for 5G is Ericsson’s new US 5G Smart Factory in Lewisville, Texas, which began operations in early March 2020, producing 5G base stations for the North American market.
Ericsson has now released details of how the site got up to speed, training its engineering professionals with almost no face-to-face interaction. By utilising virtual reality (VR) in the months before opening, new Ericsson employees were able to learn directly from peers in the company’s smart factory in Tallinn, Estonia, 8,000km away.
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This approach enabled Ericsson to staff and open the complex to the target timeline and be operational from day one – without needing new US factory staff to travel to other Ericsson locations for face-to-face onboarding. “The challenge lay in how to onboard new colleagues to a factory that had yet to open,” said Anna Cau, head of people, group supply at Ericsson.
“We have a 5G-enabled smart factory in Tallinn, which has been operational for quite some time. We realised that the most efficient and productive onboarding of our colleagues in the new US facility could be done through virtual collaboration and knowledge-sharing with our peers in Tallinn. It was time to put VR-enabled onboarding into action.”
To date, more than 60 professionals have been onboarded in this way. Plans are in place to develop the collaboration and knowledge-sharing through 5G connectivity. VR is also being used for collaboration and knowledge-sharing among other Ericsson smart factories.