Verizon, Ericsson, and Qualcomm Technologies have reached 953 Mbps (just under 1 gigabit in a joint commercial network deployment in Boca Raton, Florida. While lab tests have shown comparable speeds in recent months, this speed was achieved in a real-world network environment using Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) technology.
The demonstration used all commercially available Verizon network components including a cell site, hardware, software, and backhaul. Riding on Verizon’s network infrastructure, Ericsson provided a remote radio head, the micro Radio 2205 for LAA, designed for unlicensed spectrum use. Qualcomm Technologies provided a Snapdragon 835 mobile platform test device and the integrated Snapdragon X16 LTE modem.
To reach gigabit class speeds, the deployment used a combination of licensed and unlicensed spectrum for the first time. This four-carrier aggregation used LAA to combine Verizon’s spectrum holdings with unlicensed spectrum, which takes advantage of spectrum where home and commercial Wi-Fi technologies exist.
In addition to four-channel carrier aggregation, other technologies used included 4×4 MIMO and 256 QAM.
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.
July 11, 2017 —
Verizon has successfully transmitted its first live Voice over LTE (VoLTE) call over its commercial Category M1 (Cat-M1) network with the help of Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies, which is said to be an important moment in the evolution of IoT connectivity. Cat-M1 is a 3GPP-based technology that is designed to allow low-power Internet of Things devices to communicate over licensed spectrum
Cat-M1 can extend the reach of an IoT device across Verizon’s LTE network, whether it is a data-only or voice-enabled product.
In April of this year, Verizon launched the first nationwide commercial 4G LTE Cat-M1 network, which spans 2.4 million square miles, designed to provide scale, coverage and security for customers seeking wireless access solutions for IoT.
Verizon’s Cat-M1 network is built on a virtualized cloud environment, which enables IoT deployment and nationwide scaling. Cat-M1 is a new class of LTE chipset that is designed for sensors, which requires less power and supports an array of use cases ranging from water meters to asset trackers to consumer electronics.
The low bandwidth use cases for Cat-M1 chipsets demand new types of data plans, including low rate, multi-year plans to match the longer useful life of devices.
In 2016, Verizon launched a limited commercial Cat-M1 network.
AT&T Shows VoLTE Call on Cat-M1/LTE-M Network in Demonstration
At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February of this year, AT&T demonstrated a VoLTE call on Cat-M1/LTE-M technology using technology from Qualcomm Technologies and Ericsson’s radio and core network.
AT&T plans to extend the technology into its mobile network to enhance existing and new IoT use cases requiring voice services. The demonstration shows that the technology is mature and ready for commercial deployment in operator networks.
The demonstration used Qualcomm Technologies’ MDM9206 LTE modem, designed to support Cat-M1/LTE-M, as well as Ericsson LTE Radio Access Network, Ericsson IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), Ericsson Evolved Packet Core (EPC) and Ericsson User Data Management network infrastructure and new software.
July 13, 2017 —
While Verizon was performing its Cat-M1 Voice over LTE (VoLTE) trials, China Unicom, Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies demonstrated the use cases for the new technology early in July at Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2017.
The demonstrations appear to use much of the same technology as Verizon’s Cat-M1 VoLTE call: Ericsson’s IoT and VoLTE capable network infrastructure and Qualcomm’s MDM9206 global multimode LTE IoT modems.
The Cat-M1 VoLTE use cases demonstrated a fire alarm trigger panel and a GPS emergency tracking device.
Fire alarm trigger panels can be configured so that a single press of a button notifies multiple first responders and stakeholders, such as the fire department, the hospital, and the building’s property management office. Using VoLTE capabilities, the person who triggered the alarm can describe the situation to rescuers and get immediate guidance.
The improved coverage and longer battery life offered by Cat-M1 technology can be used to create more reliable GPS emergency tracking devices. Such devices can use data services to send GPS location data while enabling VoLTE calls for coordinated emergency response.
During MWC Shanghai, China Unicom, Ericsson and Qualcomm engineers established a point-to-point Cat-M1 VoLTE call using Meitrack P99 GPS tracking devices powered by Qualcomm MDM9206 global multimode LTE IoT modems. Ericsson products used in the demonstration included an LTE Radio Access Network, Evolved Packet Core, IP Multimedia Subsystem and Unified Data Management.
July 6, 2017 —
China Telecom and Ericsson have launched the China Telecom IoT Open Platform – a global connection management platform that is designed to accelerate the deployment of internet of things (IoT) solutions and services in China.
The China Telecom IoT Open Platform enables enterprises to deploy, control and scale the management of IoT devices through partnerships. With this platform, enterprise customers can integrate their business processes with the managed connectivity service offered by China Telecom to create IoT solutions. China Telecom and its industry customers will use the platform to drive the digital transformation of industries in China and beyond.
The China Telecom IoT Open Platform uses Ericsson’s Device Connection Platform, which offers enterprise customers reliable connectivity based on service-level agreements and a common, unified overview of devices and access networks. The platform was launched in 2012 and now supports more than 25 operators and more than 2,000 enterprise customers as part of Ericsson’s IoT Accelerator platform.