Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Ericsson Showcases 5G, Cloud RAN, IoT at #MWC16

Ericsson will be showcasing 5G radio prototypes, cellular IoT and cloud RAN at next week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Ericsson announced 5G partnerships with Vodafone and Telefónica.

Phase 2 of Ericsson's 5G Radio Test Bed, which includes 5G radio prototypes set for operator field trials in 2016, will be running live and with advanced features such as Massive MIMO and beam tracking. 

Ericsson demos for MWC include:

Telehaptic control: a prototype system for semi-autonomous, remote flying of radio-controlled helicopters controlled with haptic feedback

Network slicing:
one network that can support multiple industries 

Cellular IoT:
low power wide area (LPWA) cellular IoT solutions, including Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT), LTE-M (Cat M) and EC-EGPRS/EC-GSM (Extended Coverage) for Massive IoT applications. 
IoT solutions: how to build and efficiently manage IoT networks that combine devices connected directly to a 5G system with devices connected via short-range radio through capillary gateways, as well as live demonstration of Virtual Evolved Packet Core (EPC) for Massive IoT. A related presentation will show how forthcoming Bluetooth low energy mesh technology can be used for capillary connectivity in a smart home.
Evolution to Hyperscale IT infrastructure: The Ericsson Hyperscale Datacenter System 8000 - a new generation of datacenter system using disaggregated hardware architecture for better resource utilization

Cloud RAN:
radio access functionality virtualized on remote COTS servers located in Sweden. 

The journey to NFV:
Ericsson will showcase its end-to-end role in the Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) story, including software-defined networking (SDN) and evolution to the 5G-ready core. Solutions on show include vEPC, vIMS and vUDC, as well as Ericsson Cloud Manager.
Enriched VoLTE and Wi-Fi calling for multi-device: Ericsson and Sony will demonstrate the latest consumer and enterprise communication services based on VoLTE. Ericsson will also demonstrate extension of voice services to tablets, computers and other personal devices in collaboration with its device partners.

Gigabit LTE: Network and device performance of up to 1Gbps will be demonstrated live, using a combination of 3 Component Carrier Aggregation, 4X4 MIMO and 256 QAM, and including interoperability with the latest devices. Ericsson Lean Carrier will also be demonstrated.

Ericsson Radio System: Three new radio access products supporting 4X4 MIMO, as well as new spectrum bands and spectrum refarming, will be demonstrated. New multi-gigabit capacities and multi-band microwave additions that address increasing backhaul requirements, as well as radio transport integration using Router 6000  will be on show.

Indoor small cells: Ericsson will demonstrate a new indoor radio planning tool designed to help operators dramatically reduce time-to-service for indoor solutions including the Ericsson Radio Dot System and Pico RBS.

App Experience Optimization: A new service will be presented that enables operators to understand which factors matter most to consumers, how to measure them and what actions to take to improve network performance where it counts.

3G performance and efficiency: Ericsson will feature 3G WCDMA innovations, including Flow of Users, Zero Touch and Intelligent Antenna Sharing, which make it faster and more cost-effective for operators to bring mobile broadband to everyone.

Accelerating digital transformation: BSS software to support agile digital operating models will be on show.

Time-shifted video: a Cloud DVR solution that enables operators to move media storage and recording processes to a network operation center or the cloud.

Mobile financial services: Ericsson's Interconnect solutions ensure interoperability between mobile wallet providers and established payment networks
Smart and sustainable cities: Industry solutions come together to address key urban agendas of safety, efficiency, resilience, growth and holistic planning.

Ericsson Emergency Response - modern operations center capabilities to support emergency response agencies with efficient incident handling and inter-agency collaboration, across all mission-critical networks.

Solar car: Ericsson will demonstrate how an application based on the Connected Traffic Cloud helped Solar Team Eindhoven's Stella Lux to win the Cruiser Class of the 2015 World Solar Challenge - a 3,000-kilometer race across the Australian outback.

Autonomous driving: Ericsson is supporting Volvo Cars' Concept C26, which explores the media experience in autonomous vehicles, as well as the recently launched Volvo S90 and its infotainment and connected services.

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