Ericsson and Cisco are extending their strategic partnership to include a new Wi-Fi solution offering, named Evolved Wi-Fi Networks (EWN). EWN combines Ericsson’s 3GPP access, core networks and applications with Cisco’s Wi-Fi portfolio, to provide reliable Wi-Fi with the highest performance to Ericsson’s mobile, cable and other industries customers.
The offering will include pre-integrated and verified solutions and will offer a range of benefits:

  • Indoor Small Cells: Combining indoor Ericsson access networks with Cisco WLAN enables deployment in venues of both Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity.
  • Operator Wi-Fi: Allowing operators who have outdoor Ericsson access networks to use Cisco WLAN to offer access to their subscribers.
  • Traffic Steering: Integrating Cisco WLAN with either Ericsson macro or indoor access networks via Ericsson’s unique Real Time Traffic Steering feature enables operators to steer users between mobile and Wi-Fi access networks, ensuring the best end-user experience.
  • Core Network Integration: Integrating Cisco WLAN into Ericsson packet core using trusted configurations will allow operators to offer all their core network services over Wi-Fi for multimode devices. Ericsson’s highly successful Wi-Fi Calling capabilities already deliver seamless voice mobility over Cisco WLAN.

Rima Qureshi, Head of Region North America with responsibility for the strategic partnership with Cisco, Ericsson, says: “Our strategic partnership brings together the capabilities of two leading players in networking, mobility and cloud, creating the best end-to-end solutions and opportunities for our customers. By adding Wi-Fi solutions into the partnership, we will enable our customers to offer best-in-class Wi-Fi in their networks, complemented by our leading 3GPP portfolio and services organization.”

Yvette Kanouff, SVP & GM of the Service Provider Business Unit, Cisco, says: “With Wi-Fi traffic predicted to grow to 50 percent of the total IP traffic by 2020, a top priority for service providers is to deliver the best possible connected experiences to their customers. Through our extended strategic partnership with Ericsson, we are committed to providing Wi-Fi solutions of the highest quality performance and reliability.”

Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, have completed China’s first end-to-end data call using new cellular Internet of Things (IoT) eMTC/Cat-M1 technology. The test was achieved in the lab of the research division of China Mobile – China Mobile Research Institute (CMRI) – on November 11, 2016, during a data call using Qualcomm Technologies MDM9206 LTE modem, and communicating live over the air to Ericsson’s radio access network.

The call focused on the evaluation of eMTC/Cat-M1, a new cellular IoT technology that was standardized in 3GPP Release 13 for low-power wide-area (LPWA) applications and services. The technology is suited to support many LPWA use cases requiring higher mobility support, including vehicle telematics, consumer wearables, and more. It achieves better performance than the existing 4G technology in terminal cost, standby time and coverage.

Ericsson is working closely with leading companies to accelerate the pace of development and commercialization of the ecosystem for cellular IoT solutions. The commercial software product for eMTC/Cat-M1 will be available at the end of 2016, together with support from the Ericsson Radio System.

Vieri Vanghi, Vice President, Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., says: “We are very pleased with China Mobile’s successful end-to-end data call utilizing cellular IoT eMTC/Cat-M1 technology based on our MDM9206 modem. This is an important milestone that supports the delivery of a new range of IoT services, including smart energy, asset tracking, industrial control and automation, and building security. We look forward to further working with China Mobile and Ericsson to bring these types of services to users in China.”

Chris Houghton, Head of Region North East Asia, Ericsson, says: “Ericsson is pleased to collaborate with China Mobile and Qualcomm to embrace the opportunities of cellular IoT. With our global leadership and experience in IoT, we will work hand in hand with our customers and partners to realize the full potential of the Networked Society.”

The MDM9206 modem represents Qualcomm Technologies’ latest innovation, supporting low-power, low-bandwidth and cost efficient IoT applications and services. It is designed to support LTE category M1, upgradeable to LTE M1+ NB-1 dual mode with an anticipated upcoming software update.

The dual-mode approach combines the best of both technologies and provides a global, scalable solution for IoT products, well suited for a diverse set of operator deployments. The category M1 and NB-1 LTE modes designed in the MDM9206 modem bring many enhancements and optimizations to LTE that will help reduce IoT device complexity. The new technologies can also coexist with today’s LTE infrastructure and spectrum, which offers a superior solution to proprietary technologies for LPWA networks. 

After successful pilots with operators in both developed and emerging markets, Ericsson has launched Accelerated Network Build, a new solution to accelerate and streamline the network build process for operators to deliver a faster time to market with quicker return on investment.

The new solution delivers the increased speed by cutting build time 50 percent, improved quality by reducing number of site visits by 70 percent and better predictability with 99 percent first-time right delivery. It provides minimal impact to operators’ customers during build out or introducing new technologies, while improving coverage and capacity.

Fredrik Jejdling, Head of Business Unit Network Services, Ericsson, says: "Results from the pilots show that Accelerated Network Build makes a difference to our customers. By combining technology innovation, cloud-based tools with streamlined processes, our solution will revolutionize how networks are built and set a new standard in the industry."

Michael Sullivan-Trainor, Executive Analyst at Technology Business Research (TBR)
Telecom Practice, says: “Fast time to revenue and reduced cost is a must have right now – it’s a pain point for operators that needs to be solved with innovation. New technologies are going to make things even more complex and it’s very timely that Ericsson is addressing how to fix the infrastructure deployment model now, both for today and for tomorrow when 5G and the Internet of Things will come.”

According to the Ericsson Mobility Report, 5G subscription uptake is projected to be faster than previous generations with over half a billion 5G subscriptions by the end of 2022.
Internet of Things (IoT) devices are also set to skyrocket, passing mobile phones as the largest category of connected devices as early as 2018.

This provides operators with the need to build the networks of the future quicker than ever before, with minimal impact to the business operations during build. Current solutions and traditional methods of network build have multiple handovers between activities and parties resulting in lengthy deployments.

Based on a proprietary cloud-based toolkit that delivers streamlined process improvements and a host of technical innovations, Ericsson Accelerated Network Build delivers a solution that meets the ever-growing demands of both operators and their customers.

Part of the solution is Ericsson’s Network Deployment Delivery Platform, an industry-first cloud-based delivery platform for build services that was released in September 2016.
Building on the delivery platform is a more streamlined two-phased deployment approach, including an offsite preparation phase and a single execution phase where activities are conducted concurrently on site.

Optimized supply flow reduces the time needed on site and remote tools and activities can take real-time control of the rollout. This facilitates a faster build and removes the need for additional site visits to meet quality compliance.

The program, which first began in 2015, now covers 15 countries across the Middle East and is a gateway for students in the region to explore opportunities in the ICT industry.

The two-month course aims to bridge the gap between academia and the ICT industry for students looking to join companies like Ericsson. The online nature of the course enables Ericsson to target a large group of students at once, and is efficient in terms of cost and logistics. The course supports building a great pipeline of candidates for internship and graduate programs.

In the UAE, Ericsson has cooperated with the Zayed University, the American University of Sharjah and the Khalifa University of Science Technology & Research for the initiative.

"In the UAE, we are all about nurturing talent on an educational level so that the youth can soar high above their competition when they enter the job market. We are excited to continue with Ericsson's ICT Professional Foundation Program so that our students gain a fresh perspective on industry best practice standards in order to achieve the UAE Smart City Vision." said Dr. Andrew Marrington, Acting Dean of the College of Technological Innovation at Zayed University.

"It is our responsibility to motivate our students to become innovative thinkers to thrive in the competitive world of ICT. The ICT Professional Foundation Program will teach our students to think and to implement the latest technologies to lead the UAE into a vibrant smart future." Said Dr Björn Kjerve, Chancellor, American University of Sharjah.

Rafiah Ibrahim, Ericsson's Head of Region Middle East and East Africa asserted that: "Ericsson is honored to cooperate with top universities across the region to launch the ICT Professional Foundation Program. We aim to prepare the ambitious young students by inspiring them and cultivating their capabilities helping them grow into outstanding professionals and lead in the Networked Society of the future."

Girish Johar, Head of Human Resources, Ericsson Middle East added: "We completed the first successful year of the ICT professional program with about 450 students. We are excited to commence the second phase, confident in the value that the program will bring for youth interested in the ICT industry. Like last year, diversity will remain a focus, so we broaden the talent pool for the ICT industry in the region."

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