Ericsson has launched a complete set of network services to enable service providers efficiently address the deployment and operation of the massive number of IoT devices.
Applicable for Cat-M1 (also called LTE-M) and Narrow Band IoT (NB-IoT) technologies, these services include IoT network design and optimisation, deployment, operation and management, and are supported by the recently expanded support services offering.
Peter Laurin, head of business area managed services, Ericsson, said: “We anticipate IoT devices will surpass mobile phones as the largest category of connected devices as early as 2018 and, according to Ericsson’s latest Mobility Report, there will be 18 billion connected IoT devices in 2022. This massive uptake requires a different approach to network planning, design, operations and capabilities than traditional mobile broadband networks.”
Ericsson plans to deploy over 40 massive IoT networks in 30+ countries (including UAE, Iran and South Africa) by end of year 2017.
Jamie Moss, principal analyst, consumer technology and IoT at Ovum, said: “Operators need partners that can help them to introduce new technologies smoothly and quickly. This is especially true in the case of LTE-M and NB-IoT. As enhancements to LTE, they appear to represent the operators’ core competency. But LTE-M and NB-IoT will be used, and will be required to perform, in ways that are completely new. Their rollout, the handling of the traffic they generate and the management of the services they exist to enable require network services that offer a comprehensive portfolio of abilities. Machine learning and artificial intelligence are not just buzzwords, but are vital and exciting tools being employed by Ericsson for use within a network to help operators manage the many new devices they will need to serve in the future.”
The Ericsson network services and VoLTE for IoT software support in radio and core networks are commercially available now.
More info on the services can be found here.