Ericsson makes most of its products in China where it has a manufacturing site and R&D facilities with about 14,000 employees in its North East Asia region, which includes China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.
The US factory was opened in March and will be fully operational by the end of the year. The delivery is an indication that the company is strengthening its US capabilities in 5G research, design, manufacturing and service delivery.
The 5G base station delivered to Verizon is the millimetre-wave Street Macro solution, which is key to Ericsson’s 5G portfolio for North American customers. It produces 5G and Advanced Antenna System radios to boost network capacity.
"Together these types of innovation will accelerate our 5G deployments, as we expand our 5G leadership in technology and continue to rapidly build the ecosystem with our partners.”
Ericsson head of Networks and executive vice-president Fredrik Jejdling said: “As the most advanced platform for innovation, 5G will enable a transformation across enterprises – as we are now experiencing in our own smart factories.
"Automation and remote operations have become more important and we’re working with our customers to make them available for the benefit of industries.
"From producing the first 5G base stations at our 5G US Smart Factory earlier this year, we’ve made our first commercial delivery to Verizon. That’s just the beginning.”