The new era of 4G IP networking is founded on the creation of a network with the scale and scope required to satisfy the demands of an increasingly connected world. As we get closer to the Networked Society, operators face three fundamental challenges: rising subscriber expectations, a fast-evolving commercial landscape, and exponential growth in data traffic.
As smartphones and tablets became the access devices of choice, mobile user behavior has undergone a fundamental shift from being predominantly voice-centric to data-centric – or, more accurately, app-centric. To provide for this, operators need new ways to assess performance and the quality of the user experience that enables operators to build and manage their networks in the most efficient, targeted and profitable way.
The introduction of smart meters and smart grid sensors demands a cost-effective and easily deployed communications solution. Laboratory and field tests have demonstrated that LTE networks successfully meet the technical requirements for smart grid communications.
5G will enable the long-term Networked Society and realize the vision of unlimited access to information for anyone and anything.
IPv6 is a reality. Network technologies, services and support systems are ready for it, with IPv6 device support widely available and operators already deploying IPv6 in their networks.
WCDMA/HSPA enables hundreds of millions of people to access mobile broadband (MBB) through their smartphones every day as part of their daily lives. Today, new, low-priced WCDMA/HSPA smartphones are entering the market, and they will enable MBB for new hundreds-of-million-sized markets.
The evolution of LTE is key to the realization of Ericsson’s vision of a Networked Society. This vision means that, in the future, anything that benefits from being connected will be connected – from parking meters and house alarms to cars and trash cans.
Building and expanding an LTE network does not usually happen overnight. It tends to be a gradual process where new cells and capacity are added in line with business and subscriber demand. Providing LTE, voice over LTE (VoLTE), and voice handover is a fundamental part of next-generation mobile networks, where voice handover to legacy systems is a key enabler while LTE coverage continues to be spotty.
Many operators have chosen to deploy 4G LTE networks to support the rollout of new services and enhance user experience. The deadlines to deploy LTE networks are very tight and as networks become increasingly complex a need has arisen for a simple and transparent network-performance verification process.