Ericsson’s first 5G manufacturing factory in Malaysia

In support of Malaysia’s ambition to be a digital leader, technology titan Ericsson has opened a manufacturing plant for 5G radio equipment in Penang

Ericsson has advanced its work in Malaysia by manufacturing its 5G radio equipment in Penang, the company’s first 5G manufacturing plant in Southeast Asia.


Energy efficient 5G radio equipment

Ericsson is one of the world’s leading providers of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to Communication Service Providers. The company works hard to ensure that consumers and enterprises experience the full potential and value of connectivity through the creation of technology and services that are both adoptable and scalable. 

Since 1965, Ericsson has been working in Malaysia. Now, its 5G network is being rolled out across the country, for faster data transfer rates. 

“The production of Ericsson’s global 5G radio equipment in Malaysia is our additional socio economic contribution to Malaysia and marks the latest in a broad range of initiatives to bring our global experiences, expertise and insights to Malaysia in support of the government’s ambition to be a digital leader,” said David Hägerbro, Head of Ericsson Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. “Malaysia is an important market for Ericsson and domestic manufacturing in Malaysia will contribute to the local economy through employment and the transfer of technical knowledge to the local workforce in areas such as manufacturing, product engineering and equipment testing.”

Ericsson’s energy-efficient Massive MIMO antenna-integrated radios will be manufactured in Penang, in partnership with Flex. Hooi Tan, President of Global Operations and Supply Chain at Flex, recently shared how Flex is building a more resilient supply chain. 

“Companies must take decisive steps to adopt advanced technologies, streamline processes, and secure a dependable, well-trained workforce,” Tan said. 


5G and Ericsson’s net-zero commitment

Jens Erler is a IoT Client Principal at Ericsson. He spoke to Manufacturing Digital about his expertise in cellular connectivity, digital industry transformation and 5G.

“Through predominately automated processes, we give enterprise customers across all industries the capability to optimise processes for both efficiency and sustainability. Deploying technology that is scalable and predictive is paramount,” says Erler. 

From an internal perspective at Ericsson, the company prides itself on its commitment to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2030. 

“The more that renewable energy is deployed and the more we deploy connectivity-driven solutions that improve energy efficiency, the closer we will come to achieving that goal. Limiting the risk of triggering climatic tipping points within the ecosystem is a primary goal to achieve a sustainable future and a liveable planet for all.”

One example is the Lewisville, Texas 5G Smart Factory which runs 100% on renewable electricity. 

“This factory is a full-scale operation, demonstrating the potential of connectivity while fully embracing Industry 4.0,” explains Erler.


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