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Having transformed Istanbul into a 'city brand', Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) has signed a cooperation agreement for a smart city consultancy project with Ericsson. Under the umbrella of the Istanbul Informatics and Smart City Technologies (ISBAK AŞ) company, the IMM and Ericsson will work together to achieve Istanbul's smart city vision and 2024 targets.

In 2016, Istanbul improved its standing in the World Global Cities index, rising from 29th to 25th place. By improving the city's services and implementing integrated smart city management, the IMM and İSBAK AŞ aim to build on their momentum and accelerate their efforts to reach the top 5 of the rankings.

Charlotta Sund, Senior Vice President and Head of Customer Group Industry and Society at Ericsson said: "IMM and İSBAK intend to achieve a fast, integrated, people-oriented transformation based on technology and innovation. Ericsson will work on key development areas in metropolitan Istanbul, as well as a number of identified targets related to urbanization, population growth and resource utilization. Assessments conducted together with IMM and İSBAK will guide our work as we aim to maximize this unique city's opportunities."

The IMM is guiding the project by reviewing global best practices; conducting literature searches and current situation analyses; and holding interviews and workshops with hundreds of chief information officers, public- and private-sector entities, universities, citizens, and stakeholders. The data obtained in these studies reveal the city's current scorecard and provide a benchmark from which to work toward achieving Istanbul's smart city vision.

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Ericsson, Qualcomm Technologies and Australia’s Telstra are planning to conduct interoperability testing and an over-the-air field trial based on the expected 5G New Radio (NR) specifications being developed by 3GPP, which will form the basis of the global standards.

The aim is to enable timely commercial network launches based on 3GPP standard compliant 5G NR infrastructure and devices using target 5G spectrum bands. It is expected 3GPP will complete the first release of the official specifications, as part of Release 15.

The trial will highlight new 5G NR technologies that utilize wide bandwidths available at higher frequency bands to increase network capacity and to provide up to multi-gigabit per second data rates. The millimeter Wave (mmWave) and mid-band spectrum technologies being trialed will be critical to meeting the increasing connectivity requirements for emerging consumer mobile broadband experiences, such as Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and connected cloud services.

"This development is a big step forward in 5G readiness," said Mike Wright, group managing director networks, Telstra. "In addition to the ongoing growth in data consumption, customers are starting to use applications that use more data (e.g. virtual reality) and also require lower latency, for example critical industrial and medical applications such as remote surgery."

"This collaboration between Telstra, Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies will help ensure 5G is ready for the Australian environment, including making sure it is able to be scaled up for our vast distance and sparse population, as well as ensuring our customers will be among the first in the world to enjoy the benefits of 5G."

Ulf Ewaldsson, senior vice president and chief strategy and technology officer, Ericsson, says, "We have a long history of driving mobile innovation together with Qualcomm Technologies and Telstra. This important 5G standard-based trial collaboration will demonstrate compliance to 3GPP and support the accelerated commercialization of the global 3GPP 5G standard in Australia. By working with leading operators and ecosystem players in 5G, together we can enable global scale and drive the industry in one common direction."

The trial will employ 3GPP 5G NR technologies such as Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) antenna technology with adaptive beamforming and beam tracking techniques to deliver robust and sustained mobile broadband communications at the higher frequency bands, including non-line-of-sight (NLOS) environments and device mobility.

It will also make use of scalable OFDM-based waveforms and a new flexible framework design that are expected to be part of the 5G NR specifications. The trials are expected to yield valuable insight into the unique challenges of integrating mmWave technologies into mobile networks and devices.

"We've had longstanding success with Telstra and Ericsson with early 4G and 3G testing and deployments, so we are pleased to be continuing that work to accelerate the path to 5G," said Matt Grob, executive vice president and chief technology officer, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

"5G NR trials are essential to ensure a unified global 5G standard through 3GPP, as well as timely commercial deployments of 5G NR networks. Telstra brings a unique environment to test new mobile technologies and our long history of innovation allows us to be in the forefront of the 5G wireless revolution."

The trial will utilize 5G system solutions and devices from Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies to demonstrate real world scenarios across a broad set of use cases and deployment situations.

The 3GPP 5G NR standard-based interoperability testing and trial will start in the second half of 2017, and will follow decisions of Release 15 - the global 5G standard that will make use of both sub-6 GHz and mmWave spectrum bands. Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies have also announced trial plans in the US and Korea, to support operation in millimeter Wave (mmWave) and mid-band spectrum, accelerating commercial deployments in the 28GHz, 39GHz and sub-6GHz bands.

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As part of their collaboration for 5G research, Telefónica and Ericsson, in partnership with KTH and Idiada, showcased the potential of 5G networks to transform industries, such as automotive at MWC 2017. The demo used Telefonica's trial 5G network to drive a car prototyped by KTH at Idiada's race track in Tarragona, Spain, from remote locations at Fira (Telefónica and Ericsson's booths).

Telefónica is making fast progress toward building a network designed with the future in mind. The company believes that the start-up of 5G networks is not tied to a specific single event but rather a process that the company has already begun. The evolution of LTE can bring in advance a good part of these 5G features so that Telefonica can be focused on completing nationwide LTE coverage, simplifying the network and increasing capacity progressively as traffic demands it and devices support it.

Telefónica is also preparing for 5G by testing CloudRAN functionality in lab and field, developing and applying network virtualization (NFV/SDN)  to an extensive number of network functions, working in the Fixed-Mobile convergence in all network layers and trialling new antenna systems.

With some thirty 5G research agreements around the world, Ericsson and its partners are focusing their collaboration on finding and developing real use cases for industries. Ericsson expects that by 2026 there will be a USD 582 billion market opportunity globally as telecom operators leverage 5G technology for industry digitalization. For operators, this represents a potential to add 34 percent growth in revenues in 2026.

This demo shows one of the most advanced applications of the so-called "haptic communications" (also known as "tactile Internet") which has the ability to control machines, including vehicles, by means of wireless connections. In order to cope with the technical challenges behind it, Telefónica and Ericsson have jointly demonstrated the ability of 5G to provide a completely different experience, based on immersive perception of reality rather than the more traditional connectivity concept.

The demo is technically supported by high-frequency spectrum (15GHz), with ultra-narrow beams which follow the car / prototype continuously from the 5G base station - both located at the circuit of Applus Idiada, 70 km from the Fira - in order to ensure the reliability and ultra-low latency required by the whole network that connects the cars with the Fira.  This is needed not only to access 5G but also for the network transport function. Several 4K videos streamed through that network will give the driver located remotely a complete and detailed sensory perception.

Finally, this demo shows the potential of 5G to unlock new and exciting opportunities from markets such as the automotive sector which, properly addressed, can revolutionize traffic control in many ways.

Enrique Blanco, Telefónica's global CTO, has stressed that "5G technology provides the next level of customer experience, as well as the ability to deliver services faster, more flexibly and customized for specific applications. Beyond new radio capabilities, we try to show the new paradigms in network architectures. It is the networks that adapt to the needs of our customers, based on virtualized structures. The 5G demo we bring to this year's MWC along with our partners goes beyond excellent connectivity and anticipates new possibilities that will provide characteristics of 5G going forward."

José Antonio López, Head of Ericsson in Iberia, says: "Partnerships will be key for the success of 5G. Ericsson has launched world's first 5G platform and we have signed 5G collaboration agreements with 30 operators, 20 industry partners and 45 universities and institutes around the world. We are glad to partner with Telefónica to, once again, be ahead of the game and bring an end to end 5G Experience to MWC 2017."

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Ericsson CEO, Borje Ekholm has admitted that momentum towards 5G is now building and that the Swedish telecommunications giant is poised to explore 'unchartered territory' in its attempts to rollout and implement 5G technologies for its customers.

Several vendors have suggested that 2020 will be the year it will introduce 5G technologies to market - and at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Ericsson's CEO revealed that his organization was making significant headway.

During his address, Ekholm said that 5G has been a topic branded about for a number of years, but nothing has really happened as of yet. He was adamant, however, that there is now real momentum towards 5G implementation and that Ericsson is at the forefront of this evolution. He said: "Of course 5G has been a buzzword and nothing has really happened, right? But what you are seeing now is the momentum we are building."

Organizations ranging from networks companies to mobile phone makers to semiconductor businesses are united in their efforts to make 5G a reality - and as a result the future of mobile internet has been a key theme and prominent feature of discussions at MWC 2017.

Ericsson's CEO said companies were entering the unknown. He said: "We are entering into a whole new market, in a way (it's) uncharted territory. We are connecting new things, this will require us to enter into new partnerships and new collaborations and new business models basically."

Ericsson endured a difficult number of years with multiple job losses in both Sweden and more recently in Italy - as the organization attempts to reduce costs. In addition to this, Ericsson had to fight a string of bribery allegations which were alleged by former executives. This ultimately led to the appointment of Ekholm as its new CEO in an effort to turn the tide for the Swedish tech colossus.

Ekholm has declared that Ericsson's future will require grit and grace. He said, "At Ericsson we're focused on setting our future direction - but the process will take a lot of grit, grace and huge amount of team work."

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SK Telecom (South Korea Telecom) announced that it, together with Ericsson and BMW Korea, has realized a peak rate of 3.6Gbps for a connected vehicle travelling at a speed of 170 kilometers per hour.

The demonstration took place at BMW driving center located in Yeongjong Island, Incheon, where the three companies have successfully deployed the world’s largest mmWave 5G trial network using the 28GHz band and demonstrated the world’s first 5G-based connected car in November 2016.

Through the application of its advanced beamforming and beam tracking technologies, SK Telecom was able to address the limitations of millimeter wave bands stemming from the fact radio waves in these bands use high gain and high directivity antenna, which causes signals to be often blocked by objects standing in their path and have smaller coverage.

The 3.6Gbps of data rate realized by the three companies significantly enhances the stability of connected car services by improving image recognition and V2X (Vehicle to Everything Communication) technologies. That is, a vehicle will be able to communicate, in real time, with other vehicles, traffic lights and surveillance cameras to understand and respond to unexpected situations and obstacles and remain within the lane in a much shorter time.

Moreover, the ultra-high transmission speed at millimeter waves is expected to have a huge impact on all 5G use cases including augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), drones and robots. For instance, companies will be able to develop innovative 5G services, including a service that allows users to watch VR content within a moving bus or a drone that sends real-time video of a disaster-stricken area to provide a better understanding of the situation.

Furthermore, with much faster transmission speeds over the 5G network, media services including 4K UHD image, VR live broadcast and 3D video services will experience further improvements.

Meanwhile, in January 2017 SK Telecom has announced its plans to build a "New ICT Ecosystem," which encompasses 1) autonomous driving and connected car, 2) AI and big data, 3) smart home, 4) energy management, 5) media, and 6) global content.

"Connected car is regarded as the barometer for 5G as it can only be realized through the combination of all 5G technologies. As ultra-high speed and ultra-low latency are prerequisites for realizing autonomous driving and immersive media services, the 3.6Gbps transmission speed we successfully demonstrated today not only brings us a step closer to realizing autonomous driving, but will also have a great impact on a broader range of industries," said Park Jin-hyo, Senior Vice President and Head of Network Technology R&D Center.

"SK Telecom will continue to work closely with global players to develop 5G technologies and launch innovative 5G trial services."

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As IoT grows, PC popularity wanes

Written on Tuesday, 24 January 2017 08:15

Recent preliminary results from Gartner, Inc. shows that worldwide PC (personal computer) shipments totaled 72.6 million units in the fourth quarter of 2016, a 3.7 percent decline from the fourth quarter of 2015. In total, for the year 2016, PC shipments totaled 269.7 million units, a 6.2 percent decline from 2015. The significance of PCs is diminishing as the smartphone trend and popularity of connected devices takes center stage. PC shipments have declined annually since 2012, while mobile broadband subscriptions have been growing by around 25 percent annually, increasing by approximately 190 million in Q3 2016 alone, Ericsson reports.

Mobile subscriptions are growing at around three percent year on year globally and reached 7.5 billion in 2016, according to Ericsson’s recent Mobility Report. The increased efficiency of smartphones is outweighing traditional PCs, making them less necessary to own. While Lenovo holds the position as the world’s biggest PC and laptop maker, it cannot hide from the fact that globally, PC sales in 2016 were down by 6.2 percent. Meanwhile, the number of mobile subscriptions exceeds the population in many countries, according to Ericsson.

"Stagnation in the PC market continued into the fourth quarter of 2016 as holiday sales were generally weak due to the fundamental change in PC buying behavior," said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. "The broad PC market has been static as technology improvements have not been sufficient to drive real market growth. There have been innovative form factors like 2-in-1s and thin and light notebooks, as well as technology improvements, such as longer battery life. This end of the market has grown fast, led by engaged PC users who put high priority on PCs. However, the market driven by PC enthusiasts is not big enough to drive overall market growth."

Ms. Kitagawa continued: "There is the other side of the PC market, where PCs are infrequently used. Consumers in this segment have high dependency on smartphones, so they stretch PC life cycles longer. This side of the market is much bigger than the PC enthusiast segment; thus, steep declines in the infrequent PC user market offset the fast growth of the PC enthusiast market."

In Ericsson’s Mobility Report, it says greater device affordability is encouraging new mobile subscribers in developing regions, while growth in mature markets is largely due to individuals adding more devices; meanwhile, PC sales are declining. What’s more, with 5G on the horizon, smartphones will be able to cater to even higher demands of service. The introduction of 5G, according to Ericsson, will accelerate transformation in many industry verticals, enabling new use cases in areas such as automation, IoT and big data.

Smartphones are becoming more dominant than PCs, but Ms. Kitagawa indicates that there is still hope for the PC market. Although the overall PC market will see stagnation, there are growth opportunities within the market such as the engaged PC user market, the business market and gaming. However, these growth areas will not prevent the overall decline of the PC market, at least in the next year, she says.

Four of the top six PC vendors experienced an increase in worldwide PC shipments in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to Gartner’s research. The top three vendors all increased their global market share in the fourth quarter. Lenovo maintained the number one position, as the company experienced shipment increases in North America and EMEA, while Asia/Pacific and Japan continued to be challenging markets.

In addition, HP remained in the second position and it has recorded three consecutive quarters of shipment growth. HP secured the top position in PC shipments in the US and EMEA, growing faster than the regional averages.

Dell also registered three consecutive quarters of shipment growth in Q4 2016. Dell continued to place PCs as a strategic business segment in commercial and consumer markets during 2016. Asus suffered the steepest decline among the top six vendors in the fourth quarter of 2016. The company has been shifting its PC strategy more toward the high-end market, which will allow it to maintain better profit margins. Gartner analysts said the falling shipment volume could be the cause of this strategy shift.

According to Ericsson’s Mobility Report, North America saw 405 million mobile subscriptions in 2016. Subscriptions associated with smartphones continue to increase, the report says, and have surpassed those for basic mobile phones. Fifty-five percent of all subscriptions are now for smartphones and, in Q3 2016, smartphones accounted for close to 80 percent of all mobile phones sold. In comparison, Gartner’s research says PC shipments in the US totaled just 16.5 million units in Q4 2016, a 1.3 percent decline from Q4 2016.

Five of the top six vendors in the US PC market experienced a shipment increase in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to Gartner. However, this was offset by a 20.9 percent decline in the ‘Others’ category, and a 48.3 percent decline in shipments by Asus.

"Similar to low-key back to school sales in 3Q16, big sales events, such as Black Friday, Cyber Monday and holiday sales are no longer effective marketing opportunities for PCs since PC purchases are generally driven by a 'need,' rather than 'want,' motivation," Ms. Kitagawa said. "PCs are not a preferred gift item any longer, as consumers gravitate toward other consumer electronics, such as virtual personal assistant (VPA) speakers, virtual reality (VR) head-mounted devices and wearables. Vendors and channels did not have high expectations for the holiday PC sales, so the marketing campaigns remained relatively quiet."

The consumer items that Ms. Kitagawa refers to – such as virtual reality headwear and wearables – fall under the IoT (internet of things) umbrella. Ericsson predicts that the number of projected IoT devices will reach 1.5 billion in 2022. This growth, according to the report, is due to increased industry focus and 3GPP standardization of cellular IoT technologies.

Europe, the Middle East and Africa saw a decline in PC shipments in 2016. PC shipments in EMEA surpassed 21.9 million units in the fourth quarter of 2016, a 3.4 percent decline year over year, according to Gartner. PC shipments to the consumer market were driven by good Black Friday sales in Western European countries, such as the UK and France, especially on traditional notebooks, ultramobile clamshells, the hybrid form factor and gaming PCs. Gartner's early estimates also show PC shipment growth in the business segment, led by Windows 10 deployments during the fourth quarter.

In addition, the Asia/Pacific PC market totaled 24.8 million units in the fourth quarter of 2016, a 3.9 percent decline from the fourth quarter of 2015, according to Gartner. The PC market was affected by two major events. First, the demonetization of the Indian currency in India led to weaker-than-expected consumer PC demand. Second, the success of China's 11.11 (Singles Day on 11 November) online shopping event gave a boost to consumer notebook sales.

Ultimately, growth in the number of connected devices is driven by emerging applications and business models, and supported by standardization and falling device costs, Ericsson reports. The traditional PC market is being swamped by the growing needs consumers have for mobility and convenience, which can be provided by smartphones and other connected devices under the umbrella of IoT.

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Ericsson and Australian mobile operator Telstra have successfully demonstrated the ability to encrypt data securely while in transit between Los Angeles and Melbourne at 10Gbps, using Ciena’s ultra-low latency 10G wire-speed encryption solution. While encryption solutions exist today to protect data when it is ‘at rest’ (at the start and end points), this trial demonstrates the advanced security that can be delivered while data is ‘in transit’; that is, being transmitted beyond the walls of a datacenter across large networks, without any impact to performance.

With the digitalization of business processes and data consumption rising at a rapid rate, the need to keep data secure without compromising integrity or increasing latency is essential at both the application and network layers.

“Our market-leading subsea cable network is the largest in the Asia-Pacific region and this innovation continues our commitment to providing customers with a world-class network experience,” said Darrin Webb, Executive Director of International Operations and Services, Telstra. “The outcome of this test shows that data can now be encrypted while in transit across a long distance, while maintaining the speed and reliability our customers have come to expect from our international network. We will continue to work with Ericsson and Ciena to take this trial to the next level with a 100Gbps encryption test.”

Emilio Romeo, Head of Customer Unit Australia and New Zealand, Ericsson, added: “This time last year Telstra and Ericsson achieved an encryption trial between Melbourne and Sydney. We have now extended the distance from Melbourne to Los Angeles with data in transit encryption at 10Gbps, which is the typical speed used today over these distances without encryption. Ericsson brings our optical network systems expertise to progress these tests and support Telstra’s path toward commercialization of this enhanced security capability.”

Ericsson and Telstra will next demonstrate 100Gbps encryption between Los Angeles and Melbourne in the first half of 2017.

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Ericsson’s newly appointed CEO, Borje Ekholm, has pledged to guide the beleaguered company through what he has labeled a “period of intense change”. The Swedish telecoms giant has endured some major setbacks, and was forced to lay off more than 3,000 of its Swedish staff last year. What’s more, the company has been forced to fight off bribery allegations after former executives of Ericsson told the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that they had engaged in multiple counts of bribery in different regions all over the world in an effort to secure major contracts.

However, incoming Borje Ekholm has insisted that under his tenure the company will come through this intensely difficult period, and will emerge as an “even stronger leader” in the industry. In a statement, Ekholm pointed to Ericsson’s position in the development of 5G as a reason to be optimistic for the future, and reiterated his desire to return the company to success.

Ekholm said: “As a company and an industry we are going through a period of intense change. Our job is to ensure that Ericsson emerges as an even stronger leader, providing the industry and our customers with superior products, services and solutions. We will ensure that Ericsson remains at the forefront of technological development – across all parts of our portfolio and markets. Our task is to make our customers successful, which in turn will make us successful.”

In addition to the 3,000 job losses in Sweden, Ericsson was also forced to lay-off over 1,000 of its staff in Italy. Ekholm’s appointment brings an end to the six month tenure of interim boss Jan Frykhammar, who took over following the resignation of long-term CEO Hans Vestberg in July last year.

To coincide with Ekholm’s first day as CEO, Ericsson announced it had signed a deal with Vodafone Hutchinson Australia (VHA) with hardware and software to virtualize the operator’s core and IP network. The collaboration between the two is a result of its high-profile Cisco partnership and Ericsson believes it represents the first time the two companies have worked together on telecoms cloud infrastructure for an operator.

VHA CTO Kevin Millroy said the new infrastructure “opens the door to new business models and markets,” citing the development of Internet of Things technologies as a particular aim for the company.

But this is just a small taste of success for a company facing a tough road ahead. Ekholm is a long-time board member at Ericsson, and is taking on the role of CEO at a time when the company saw its share price plummet 35 percent last year amidst steep revenue declines, competition from Chinese competitors, and a slowdown in carrier spending as large investments in fourth-generation wireless gear vastly wound down.

Industrivarden AB and Investor, Ericsson’s two largest investors, pushed former CEO Hans Vestberg out of the company last year after he failed to predict the company’s downturn, missed financial targets, and didn’t react sufficiently to a collapsing market.

Caretaker CEO Frykhammar has done his best to cut costs, but hasn’t offered much clarity for the future of the company. That leaves Ekholm to lead Ericsson to a brighter future. There is hope, seeing as Ekholm once led Investor, the Wallenberg family’s investment company, during a 10-year period when the stock returned almost 300 percent.

At Investor, Ekholm, who is a trained engineer with Swedish and U.S. citizenship, generated impressive returns by updating the portfolio with wholly-owned, unlisted companies that helped to triple the stock price. The man is seen as an impressive executive, but he also sat on the board of Ericsson during the years when it declined, which has led some investors to doubt him, and prefer an outsider option.

In a recent phone interview with Bloomberg, Neil Campling, head of technology research at Northern Trust Securities, shared his opinion of the new Ericsson CEO: “First and foremost he has to rebuild the credibility of the company,” he said. “He has to do that by setting out a clear strategy and clear financial targets, and delivering on those targets.”

In a statement released on January 16, Ekholm said: “We are only at the beginning of the mobility journey as we in coming years will see massive transformation across industries. “Ericsson has shaped an entire industry and led technology developments.”

Ekholm was praised by Ericsson Chairman Leif Johansson in a statement: “Borje has a deep understanding of the business and the challenges Ericsson currently faces,” he said, adding that the CEO “will be able to guide Ericsson on the next steps of the company’s development.”

The most important thing for Ekholm to focus on as the new CEO of Ericsson, is evaluating the company’s costs, product offerings, and competitiveness against rising Chinese market rivals such as ZTE Corp. and Huawei Technologies. As China experiences an economic slowdown, these companies are getting more aggressive in their approach to pursuing business in Europe, which Ericsson will need to watch out for.

Business analysis firm IHS Markit claims Huawei took over Ericsson as the world’s largest supplier of mobile infrastructure in the third quarter of 2016 for the first time. In addition, CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd and VimpelCom Ltd have selected ZTE, not Ericsson, to merge and manage their Italian mobile networks. The deal represents evidence of Chinese suppliers scaling up Chinese operations, and also represents a big blow to Ericsson, which has business with both carriers.

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China Mobile have officially announced a partnership with Swedish telecommunications colossus Ericsson as part of their collective ambition on the Internet of Things (IoT) – which will see them attempt to serve 200 million connected devices by the end of the year.

In a joint statement, the companies announced they penned a strategic agreement during a China Mobile Global Partner Conference in December. The statement further disclosed that an in-depth cooperation to manage connections efficiently, provide a consistent service to global enterprise customers and explore new IoT markets were shared by both organizations during the event.

The make-up of the partnership will see the Chinese operator use Ericsson’s Device Connectivity Platform to improve the process of connecting devices, while also deploying services to help drive new revenue. Ericsson’s IoT platform was launched in 2008 and today supports more than 1,500 industry customers through 24 operators.

A spokesman for China Mobile said it will be able to integrate resources of its roaming partners and offer global enterprise customers connectivity based on its service level agreements. They added that it will further benefit “from a common and unified approach to customer portals and selection of access networks.”

For Ericsson, the deal marks another step in its push around IoT as it continues to diversify amid a downturn in its core networks business. In addition to its Device Connection Platform, Ericsson also works with the global M2M association and the Bridge Alliance.

Head of Region North East Asia at Ericsson, Chris Houghton said that IoT applications will help promote the development and deployment of 5G technology. He said: “We look forward to supporting China Mobile and developing this business while accelerating large-scale deployments of Internet of Things across the world.”

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Singtel has launched Singapore’s fastest mobile network with the nationwide deployment of a 450Mbps 4G LTE-Advanced service. Delivering up to 50% faster download speeds than prevailing LTE services, this enhanced peak speed will allow customers to download a full length HD movie in less than two minutes over mobile data. The 450Mbps service is available to all Singtel 4G customers at no additional charge.

“Singtel is investing ahead to deliver faster speeds and wider connections with the steady deployment of innovative technologies on our live network,” said Mr. Yuen Kuan Moon, Chief Executive Officer, Consumer Singapore, Singtel. “With more customers consuming and sharing mobile videos, 450Mbps speeds will enable them to download movies in a flash and give them a better entertainment experience while on the go.” 

This speed enhancement is made possible by Singtel’s nationwide LTE network upgrade to support 256 Quadrature Amplitude Modulation, or 256 QAM. A pre-5G technology, 256 QAM increases the number of unique radio waveform shapes to carry up to 33.33% higher data and elevates spectral efficiency.

Singtel and Ericsson have also demonstrated download speeds of up to 1Gbps in a live 4G network pilot at two sites in Pasir Ris. This ultra-fast download speed was achieved by deploying 256 QAM downlink, 4x4 Multiple Input Multiple Output (4x4 MIMO) and triple carrier aggregation technologies. 4x4 MIMO doubles the number of data paths between a cellular base station and mobile phones, delivering a speed boost of up to two times normal speeds.

Singtel will progressively rollout 4x4 MIMO technology on its network starting next year to deliver up to 1Gbps speeds at selected high-traffic locations. Supporting mobile devices are expected to be ready by end 2017.

Mr. Yuen added, “Achieving 1Gbps speeds on our live network marks a significant milestone in our journey to 5G. We're focused on driving further network innovation to extend our leadership and deliver the benefits of the latest technological advances to meet our customers' digital lifestyle needs.”  

 Singtel and Ericsson are leading the way for 4G and 5G in the country, in support of Singapore’s “Smart Nation” vision and the anticipated four-fold growth in connected devices.

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