Optus uses Ericsson’s 5G interference sensing software

  • 5G interference sensing technology improves network performance by dynamically sensing and mitigating interference between cells in real time.
  • Interference sensing can provide capacity gains of up to 40% over existing massive MIMO hardware with just a software upgrade.

The successful pilot of interference sensing technology, which is part of Ericsson’s 5G Advanced portfolio, not only validates the technology’s effectiveness, but also lays a solid foundation for 5G networks to support more diverse and higher quality applications and services in the future.
–Zora Lin, BTW reporter

What happened

Australian telecom operator Optus has completed a pilot of Ericsson‘s 5G interference sensing technology from Swedish equipment supplier Ericsson, which aims to improve network performance and provide customers with a better data experience through real-time dynamic perception and mitigation of inter-cell interference.

With interference sensing enabled, in pilot tests across multiple users and cells deployed in commercial networks, user throughput improves by an average of 22%.

Interference sensing technology is a software feature in Ericsson’s Massive MIMO 5G Advanced product portfolio that uses unique algorithms developed by Ericsson to detect and reduce cellular interference. According to Sibel Tombaz, head of product at Ericsson Networks, interference sensing can provide capacity gains of up to 40% over existing massive MIMO hardware with just a software upgrade.

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Why it’s important

As 5G traffic loads continue to increase, interference between cells is also expected to increase, meaning that reducing the impact of interference is critical to unlocking the full potential of 5G networks. Doing so can improve the level of service mobile customers receive from 5G, including seamless connectivity, fast download speeds, and more stable data transfer speeds will also increase user satisfaction and loyalty.

Interference sensing technology can improve the capacity gain of existing hardware with only a software upgrade, meaning that operators can improve network performance without replacing hardware equipment, greatly reducing upgrade costs and time.

Other operators and equipment suppliers may refer to this case to promote the development and application of more new technologies and new products, thus promoting the continuous progress of the entire communications industry.


Zora Lin

Zora Lin is an intern news reporter at Blue Tech Wave specialising in Products and AI. She graduated from Chang’an University. Send tips to z.lin@btw.media.

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