In partnership with universities and tech firms, the company will have more than 70 “proof points” and demonstrations at Mobile World Congress
Ericsson has opened Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 in Barcelona with three stand-out announcements featuring partners and major customers.
These included network evolution towards 5G; an innovative new business model between content owners and operators to bring media to people more conveniently; and industry transformation in the transport sector.
"We are currently working to set the future direction of Ericsson. It takes grit and grace -- and team spirit -- to succeed on the digital frontier,” said Ericsson president and CEO Börje Ekholm during this morning’s media and analyst briefing. “We will relentlessly push the technology frontier - and always ask ourselves how we can make our customers more successful. We know that it is what our customers expect from us, what they need from us in order for us to be their best partner also in the future.
"At Mobile World Congress 2017, we are showing that our capabilities in 5G and those within media and transport industries, for example, are out front and market-leading. We are ready today. We have the full ecosystem of partners and customers selecting us to deliver high-performance networks, media solutions, and business models in industries such as transport," he continued.
Following up Ericsson’s launch of a suite of 5G products and services coming to market in 2017, Ekholm announced new 5G New Radio (NR) trials in partnership with Qualcomm: NTT DoCoMo, Vodafone and Telstra Australia.
Ekholm said: "5G will transform all industries, and our customers are already gearing up for the future by evolving their current 4G networks. This is the key foundation to enable the automation and business transformation needed for the Internet of Things, as well as data-hungry services like Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality."
In a new study, Ericsson foresees a 1.23 USD trillion market in 2026 to be addressed by 5G. Ekholm said: "This means that industries see the value of 5G and we will be there to grasp that opportunity."
Meanwhile T-Mobile CTO, Neville Ray, talked about his own company’s plans to fortify their current LTE network in readiness for 5G.
Ray said: "T-Mobile’s LTE network is the most advanced in the US and we’ll continue to deploy the latest, global leading technologies that will create the foundation of a powerful 5G network built for mobility. We work closely with strategic partners like Ericsson to deliver the most advanced technologies that enhance our customers’ experience."
5G will be the technology to pioneer transformation across all industries, and one part of Ericsson’s Hall 2 that is impossible to miss is the Scania semi-truck cab. It served as the backdrop to announce a new Connected Vehicle Marketplace with Scania CEO Henrik Henriksson as guest.
In partnership with universities and tech firms announced the networking and telecoms company said it will have more than 70 “proof points” and demonstrations at the four-day event.
In the outer area of Hall 2, Ericsson and King’s College London will unveil the so-called Internet of Skills where visitors can try on a haptic glove connected to sensors on a patient simulating a remote health examination. According to Ericsson this demonstrates how the “tactile internet” can help support “mission-critical tasks”.
Meanwhile, from an IoT perspective Ericsson and China Mobile have jointly developed 5G-enabled smart factory prototype using key 5G core network technology -- network slicing. The demo will simulate the assembly line in the smart factory environment, enabled by the 5G connected industry standard PLC connections.
More cellular IoT use cases for smart cities, fleet management, smart buildings, smart agriculture, and manufacturing enabled by Cat-M1 and NB-IoT technologies will be demonstrated jointly with other operators and ecosystem partners.
Finally, through virtual reality, visitors can experience a 21st century education at a Connect to Learn school in Myanmar. As with previous years and in keeping with the GSMA focus on sustainability, visitors can engage with the United Nations sustainable development goals and learn more about Ericsson’s numerous projects with customers and partners to advance society.
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