Ericsson to build ‘fully-automated’ 5G factory in the US by early 2020

Ericsson announced recently its plans to build a 5G factory in the US 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. 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.

“With today’s announcement, we conclude months of preparations and can move into execution also in the US,” Ericsson executive vice president and head of networks Fredrik Jejdling said.

“In addition, we are digitalising our entire global production landscape, including establishing this factory in the US. With 5G connectivity we’re accelerating Industry 4.0, enabling automated factories for the future.”

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”.

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