Intelligent CIO Europe Issue 49 - Page 14


Ericsson pledges to support 1 million young people by 2025 with access to digital skills

The members , including Ericsson , are committed to prioritising digital inclusion as foundational to the achievement of the United Nations ’ Sustainable Development Goals ( SDGs ) so that every person can fully participate in the digital economy and society .
The 1 Billion Lives Challenge brings together digital inclusion commitments from governments , companies and other organisations globally .

Ericsson has announced a major new commitment to empower 1 million children and young people by 2025 through access to digital learning , tools , content and development programs .

This commitment forms part of the World Economic Forum-aligned EDISON Alliance 1 Billion Lives Challenge – a global movement of 45 champions from the public and private sectors .
Ericsson President and CEO , Börje Ekholm , said : “ At the heart of Ericsson ’ s purpose is the belief that connectivity creates possibilities for all people . We believe it is a responsibility of government and business to work together to build a more equitable future for children and young people – digital connection is a critical enabler of this , ensuring that every young person has access to a quality Internet connection and can acquire the necessary skills to thrive in a digital economy .”

Scotland 5G Centre wins bid for future RAN : Diversifying the 5G supply chain funding

The Scotland 5G Centre ( S5GC ) has successfully bid for the

UK Government ’ s Future Radio Access Network Competition , awarded by the Department for Digital , Culture , Media & Sport .
The Scotland 5G Centre , as part of 5G DU-Volution consortium , has been successful in applying for funding to support the UK Government ’ s Future Radio Access Network : Diversifying the 5G Supply Chain ( FRANC ) programme .
The 5G DU-Volution project will address the key aims of the FRANC programme by promoting the integration of RAN suppliers ’ products at all levels of the architecture , ( both software and hardware ), into one of the most challenging RAN components – the Distribution Unit ( DU ).
Working with lead-partner , ADVA and other consortia members : BT , AccelerComm , ComAgility and the University of York , the two-year programme will support the development of a new innovative Open RAN enabled Distribution Unit . The aim is to open up the means for UK-based vendors to access the market through deploying their hardware in the DU unit . Importantly , the 5G DU-Volution project will evolve DU devices to meet key industry requirements such as : reduced power , smaller form factors , improved spectrum efficiency and reduced latency .
The Scotland 5G Centre ’ s role in the partnership is to provide the overall project management and promote dissemination , ensuring the smooth running and delivery of the programme . The centre will work together with the consortia to deliver the innovative new DU and support the O-RAN opportunity , which in time will enable the entry of new players into the market .
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