Feature articles from Ericsson Mobility Reports

With each edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report we include a number of feature articles, exploring various aspects of the mobile industry. Learn about the latest developments.

Communication needs in times of crisis

Behavioral changes, due to COVID-19 related lockdown restrictions in many countries, caused measurable changes in the usage of both fixed and mobile networks.

Connected consumers getting through the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a substantial impact on people in many countries and their daily lives, but consumers see resilient networks as a vital help in coping with everyday life.

More service offering choices for the consumer

Commercial 5G offerings are on the rise, leading to subtle shifts in service packaging trends.

Verizon is transforming fixed and mobile broadband with 5G

5G in millimeter-wave spectrum redefines user experiences.

Dedicated networks for industrial connectivity

As manufacturers address modernization, dedicated networks offer a way to support multiple use cases, retain control of network resource allocation and ensure critical data remains on-site.

A strategy for differentiating the 5G experience – SK Telecom

SK Telecom’s 5G cluster-based rollout strategy is centred around providing a premium network experience and a variety of high-quality services in specific locations.

Mobile service packaging trends

Buckets of data are the basis of offerings from the vast majority of service providers but differentiated service packages designed for 5G are on the horizon.

Network performance as a lever for business growth

Increasing demand for digital services and financial inclusion are opening doors to new opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa for MTN.

Network evolution strategies towards 5G

Evolving networks today will ensure a smooth 5G switch-on tomorrow. MTS, in Russia, describes how an operator’s preparation for the introduction of 5G technology requires modernization of the existing mobile network infrastructure.

Experiences from smart fixed wireless access deployment

Fixed wireless access (FWA) service deployment in a 4G (LTE) network can pave the way for a successful 5G FWA market introduction. Turkcell, in Turkey, describes how an operator’s digitalization of its FWA service provisioning process can lead to higher customer satisfaction and fewer complaints.

Superior media experiences by broadcasting content

A mobile radio network can switch on a broadcast service, enabling new use cases and improving both user experience and network efficiency. Telstra, in Australia, describes how an operator’s LTE-B solution can be applied to streaming live sports events.

Applying AI to mobile radio site management

Ericsson Research demonstrates that a computer vision application using artificial intelligence (AI) techniques can improve radio tower inspections by detecting and diagnosing cabling problems.

The need for 5G spectrum harmonization - WEF edition

Licensing of the right spectrum in sufficient amounts is fundamental to build momentum for 5G services.

Connecting things in the city - WEF edition

Cities are embracing a wide range of Internet of Things (IoT) services, and for many of these services deep indoor connectivity is a requirement.

Enabling internet for all - WEF edition

Over 40 percent of the world’s population lacks broadband internet access. The most cost-efficient way to bring people online is to leverage existing mobile network infrastructure.

Making manufacturing wireless and smarter - WEF edition

With the new cellular connectivity standards, almost every factory asset can be connected and managed to realize the benefits of smart manufacturing.

Industries’ expectations for 5G - WEF edition

5G will make an impact far beyond the consumer-based mobile broadband market.

Making fixed wireless access a reality

5G networks are now being built out, and performance and capacity gains are available to be tapped by new use cases – one of the first will be fixed wireless access.

Streaming video – from megabits to gigabytes

Smartphone traffic per subscription will continue to grow in the years ahead, driven by increasing video quality and immersive formats.

Developing the smart wireless manufacturing market

By combining cellular networks with Industrial IoT (IIoT), manufacturing will become more effective and flexible – challenging the traditional connectivity paradigm.

Securing the right 5G spectrum

For 5G to be successful in meeting the demands on data speeds and capacities, global harmonization of spectrum is essential.

Applying machine intelligence to network management

Machine intelligence will increasingly be applied to mobile network operations and maintenance, and is allowing systems to expand in size and complexity while improving productivity.

Realizing smart manufacturing through IoT

Almost every asset in a factory can be connected and managed in order to solve operational challenges; we reveal how cellular connectivity can make smart manufacturing a reality.

Network performance through customers’ eyes

A customer survey has found that understanding the relationship between customer satisfaction, experience and network performance is the key to designing networks to drive loyalty.

Millennials’ expectations for 5G

Millennials will most likely set the demands on future digital networks and services due to their technical knowledge and skills, as well as their high expectation levels.

Enhancing the event experience

Data illustrates a growing use of mobile services at large events, presenting an opportunity to provide spectators with ever more engaging digital content.

Shifting mobile data consumption and data plans

Analysis of smartphone data highlights that there is no one-size-fits-all mobile data plan – a broad range is required to address the variety of user demands on the market.

Enabling internet for all

Leveraging existing mobile broadband infrastructure is the most cost-efficient way to bring people online.

Network optimization through analytics

As the need for performance increases, Thai operator, dtac, is using advanced analytics to accelerate network optimization and improvements to user experience.

Massive IoT coverage in the city

Simulation of a realistic large-scale IoT service scenario in a city can be used to show how many devices will be reached using new cellular technologies. 

Remote operation of vehicles with 5G

A key step towards introducing autonomously driven public transport is the development of remote control capabilities, which will help to ensure safety. 

Uplink speed and slow time-to-content

A limited uplink can be a critical factor in causing slow time-to-content on many popular websites, which then has a significant impact on both subscriber loyalty and Net Promoter Score (NPS).

Latest social media trend: live streaming

Browser-centric or social-centric smartphone users find live streaming interesting and intend to use it going forwards, which is set to put new demands on network performance.

Digital transformation and the connected car

Connected cars have been available for a number of years, but mainly as new cars in the premium segment. Now, Swedish telecom operator Telia aims to connect cars up to 15 years old with a cloud-based solution. This exemplifies the opportunity for an operator to expand from data connectivity to offering smart data to an ecosystem of partners – creating innovative service offerings for car owners.

Analyzing IoT device performance

A small number of poorly configured connected devices can cause a signaling storm, degrading an IoT network’s performance and, in the worst case, resulting in a network blackout. Telenor Connexion has combined real-time traffic monitoring with data analytics for IoT devices and networks to reduce the risk of signaling congestion and improve operational performance.

Massive IoT in the city

Cost-effective connectivity is a prime driver for IoT services uptake. Cellular networks are well-suited to enable this due to their ubiquitous deployments worldwide and the ease with which they can be upgraded to handle many potential IoT use cases. Additionally, cellular networks can handle traffic from a massive number of IoT devices in dense urban environments with minimal network capacity impact.