Ericsson has joined forces with Vertiv and NorthStar to form the Ericsson Energy Alliance, a complementary site solution partnership to drive cost-effective and sustainable service provider network evolution towards 5G, within the Ericsson Radio Site System.
The alliance brings Vertiv's power, thermal and infrastructure site management solutions, and NorthStar's battery and energy storage solutions, into the Ericsson Radio Site System to establish a competitive ecosystem and management interface and increase the market share of the Enclosure and Power parts of the system portfolio.
Building on the combined global supply and service delivery footprints, speed and flexibility, unique product competence, local sales support, and easy access to engineering strengths of the partners, the alliance increases competitiveness and cost efficiency through the broadened portfolio and more access to new technology.
Alliance partners are also combining strengths in regional sales support.
They have also established a harmonised ecosystem for energy supply and storage.
Energy and climate systems are also optimised to use the minimum required energy to provide an electronic trusted environment for Ericsson Radio System products, delivering environmental as well as cost-efficiency benefits for service providers.
Future joint-development of products is being considered.
More companies are also expected to join the alliance this year.
Ericsson head of product Nishant Batra says, “Network evolution begins at the site, this is a true complementary partnership.
“The alliance members are combining the best of their radio site technology, skills, and abilities to bring a broadened, more flexible, and competitive portfolio to the table to help service providers in their 5G evolution through the Ericsson Radio System.
“We continue to onboard suppliers for additional product categories with a sharp focus on sustainable energy. Service providers want and demand seamless evolution, the Ericsson Energy Alliance helps to provide that.
Since the alliance was formed in late 2017 it has seen success in customer projects rolled out across the world.