October 18, 2016 — Ericsson’s third quarter 2016 results will be significantly lower than company expectations, as profits plummeted 94 percent. An earnings warning last week caused the company’s stock to drop 20 percent, and it has almost been halved in the last 12 months.
Negative industry trends from the first half of the year have further accelerated, primarily in Segment Networks, according to Jan Frykhammar, president and CEO. The sales decline was mainly driven by weak markets, such as Brazil, Russia and the Middle East. In addition, capacity sales in Europe were lower following completion of mobile broadband projects in 2015.
Frykhammer said the current trends are expected to continue short-term, which will lead to more cost cutting at the carrier.
“Continued progress in our cost reduction programs did not offset the lower sales and gross margin,” he said. “We will continue to drive the ongoing cost program and implement further reductions in cost of sales to meet the lower sales volumes.”
EDITORS’ NOTE: This is part two of a four-part series where we deep dive the technology display at the CTIA Super Mobility 2016.
5G had a significant presence during CTIA Super Mobility 2016, considering it is still early in the game. The 5G launch pad really showed off what is beginning to happen in the 5G arena.
Ericsson demonstrated a 5G prototype radio system that showed data rates in excess of 100 Gbps. Intel’s 5G mobile platform integrated components, including an application processor, baseband processor, and other components for devices targeted at frequencies up to 40 GHz. They also showed off their next-generation RFIC, which is spec’d with an integrated 28 GHz antenna system that is capable of both beam steering and beam forming.
Qualcomm had its mobile broadband ecosystem up for demonstration. It presented possible applications in remotely piloted vehicles (RPV); a 5G mmWave system that, like Intel, offers beam forming, a beam-tracking platform; and a 5G NR system that offers multi-Gb data rates with ultra-low latency. They also had a narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) display, which explained emerging technologies such as enhancements for machine-type communications (eMTC) and how they work.
There was also EC-GSM-IoT, which in combination with power saving mode (PSM) and extended discontinuous reception (e-DRX), makes GSM/EDGE markets capable of supporting Internet of Anything (IoX) platforms.
There was a smattering of other 5G offerings from companies such as ZTE, which showed off a high-frequency prototype system that supports adaptive beam tracking in non-line of sight (NLOS) systems capable of offering up to a 500 MHz bandwidth with a peak throughput of 10 Gbps.
Remotely piloted vehicles, i.e. drones, had a notable, although not particularly large presence – and the major focus was consumer. There was some showing of drones in surveillance scattered about, but it was mostly just showing how drones fly. But there was this amazing drone airfield where drone vendors were able to show off drone technology. While there isn’t much new in drones, except for the incremental improvements in efficiency, optics and power, the airfield was the wow factor.
Check back in on Thursday when Ernest will spotlight the smart technologies exhibited at CTIA Super Mobile 2016.
August 9, 2016 — Ericsson will provide Wi-Fi connectivity to Ricoh Arena stadium in Coventry, England, using the Small Cell as a Service business model. As a result, visitors to the stadium will receive carrier-grade Wi-Fi connectivity and value-added services accessible via a mobile app. Under the terms of the 10-year agreement, Ericsson will provide Wasps rugby team and the Ricoh Arena with a complete, managed solution, including planning, design, implementation, integration, optimization and maintenance services.
To ensure fans receive seamless wireless coverage, Ericsson will design, plan, build and optimize a carrier-grade Wi-Fi access network, and then manage it on behalf of the stadium owner – Wasps Holdings Ltd. The Ericsson Networked Event platform will also be used to facilitate the creation of an app that provides location-specific news, information and value-added services.
“We believe Small Cell as a Service is the most efficient, cost-effective means of enhancing connectivity in stadiums,” said Valter D’Avino, head of Region Western & Central Europe at Ericsson. “We’re pleased that Wasps has become the first rugby club to take advantage of Small Cell as a Service, and we have some very exciting ideas about how to evolve our new partnership in the years to come by introducing other innovative solutions from our portfolio. Together we will make the Ricoh Arena one of the most technologically advanced venues in the United Kingdom.”
As part of the agreement, the Ricoh Arena’s exhibition venue – which regularly hosts sports fan villages, concerts for up to 12,000 people, sports events and tradeshows – will be re-branded as the Ericsson Exhibition Hall.
Ericsson and Vodafone have demonstrated a new 5G proof of concept following their joint commitment to 5G innovation announced during Mobile World Congress of this year. The two companies created a 5G Smart Network Edge prototype including a 5G-ready core and demonstrated the benefits of network slicing and distributed cloud technology using the example of a “Machine Vision” application.
Machine Vision can be used for quality assurance within manufacturing and production processes and to measure or recognize objects. In a typical setup, pictures provided by high-speed cameras are processed, analyzed and trigger further actions such as sorting out defective parts. In a live demo shown during the Innovation Days at Ericsson’s R&D Center in Aachen, Germany, both companies showed how the 5G Smart Network Edge enables much greater efficiency for industry.
Because of reduced network latencies, the recognition rate of a cloud-based face detection application was increased. Significantly less video traffic had to be sent over the wide-area network and sensitive data was kept locally and was therefore better protected against unauthorized access.
NTT DoCoMo has completed a network slicing proof of concept with Ericsson and trialed sizzling fast, low-latency video transmission with Nokia. Both achievements are touted giant leaps using “5G” network technology.
Ericsson’s network slicing technology virtually partitions a physical network into multiple co-existing networks, simultaneously enabling varying services to be delivered simultaneously. The PoC will be exhibited as part of an augmented-reality application at 5G World in London, UK on June 28 to June 30.
“Network slicing has the potential to simultaneously deliver diverse cutting-edge 5G services, for enhanced entertainment as well as further effective and secure communication,” said Hiroshi Nakamura, senior vice president and GM of R&D Strategy Department, NTT DoCoMo. “We expect the results of our PoC with Ericsson will play an important role in the realization of highly efficient and secure 5G networking technologies.”
8K Video Achieved Using ‘5G’ Radio Access Technology
In a joint trial with Nokia, NTT DoCoMo reportedly has achieved the world’s first wireless real-time transmission of 8K video with 5G radio access technology, using beam-tracking techniques to transmit millimeter wavelength signals at 70 GHz.
In the trial, 8K video of 48 Gbps was compressed by the encoder into signals ranging from 145 Mbps to 85 Mbps and transmitted. The video technology was demonstrated during the 5G Tokyo Bay Summit 2016, part of the Wireless Technology Park 2016.