July 11, 2017 —
The number commercial Internet of Things (IoT) devices is expected to pass the number of mobile phones sometime in 2018 and, according to Ericsson’s latest Mobility Report, and 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,” Peter Laurin, Head of Business Area Managed Services, Ericsson.
To meet the needs of the burgeoning IoT network market, Ericsson has added network services to enable service providers to address the deployment and operation of the massive number of IoT devices being introduced to LTE networks. Applicable for Cat-M1 (also called LTE-M) and Narrow Band IoT (NB-IoT) technologies, these services include IoT network design and optimization, deployment, operation and management.
Ericsson is also introducing new IoT software features, such as Voice over LTE (VoLTE) support for Cat-M1. This will enable operators to explore new use cases in which it can be advantageous for IoT devices to support voice services, opening up opportunities to expand enterprise services to areas such as security alarm panels, remote first-aid kits, wearables, digital locks, disposable security garments, and other types of IoT-enabled applications and services.
Heterogeneous IoT networks and diverse use cases with varying needs will require a different approach to network planning and design, according the Ericsson. To support this, the OEM is introducing scenario assessment, network modeling, design development, and developmental appraisal for massive IoT networks.