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Ericsson CTO Optimistic About China’s Bright Future in Telecommunications Industry at Mobile World Congress 2024

Barcelona, February 29, 2024, The Europe Today: Magnus Ewerbring, Chief Technology Officer for the Asia Pacific at Ericsson, expressed his optimism for the future of the telecommunications industry in China, citing the continuous provision of top-notch 5G coverage and the vast potential of the domestic market. Ewerbring shared his insights at the ongoing Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain.

“I’m very optimistic for China,” said Ewerbring in an interview with Xinhua at the MWC. He highlighted China’s advanced implementation of 5G technology across various industries, particularly in manufacturing. Ewerbring expressed that operators worldwide could draw inspiration from the innovative strides made in China.

As a long-standing participant in the Chinese telecommunications landscape since the 1890s, the Swedish telecom giant Ericsson operates with headquarters in Beijing and has a presence in Nanjing, Shanghai, Dalian, Xi’an, Guangzhou, and Chengdu. The company holds 5G contracts with China’s three major telecom operators: China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom.

“We will do our best to try to serve the needs of the Chinese market, going on with the evolution of 5G and one day going into 6G,” Ewerbring affirmed.

Addressing the subject of 6G, Ewerbring remained uncertain about the specific timeline and methods for the anticipated technological leap beyond 5G. “Today we really don’t know… It’s too early to say,” he mentioned, emphasizing the time required to assess technologies and develop the right products. “I’d say from 2025 to 2029 that process will continue,” he added.

The MWC 2024 has prominently featured discussions on 5G connectivity, along with a focus on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the mobile industry. Ewerbring stressed the importance of trustworthy and responsible AI contributions, highlighting that AI-based optimization can enhance performance and deliver better experiences for consumers.

“We have on display here many examples of experience we have gained from working with operators in China and elsewhere in the world, and I hope that with that knowledge we can bring good stimuli to the national operators in China,” Ewerbring concluded.