Visitors can see proof points for future technologies and have in-depth discussions with Ericsson strategists and technology experts.
Harald Kallin, expert in radio network performance, will be presenting Ericsson’s 5G vision at MWC. "We are looking forward to some great discussions with our customers and other visitors, so we will have some of our best researchers on site in Barcelona to demonstrate our research results in several key areas," he says. "We hope for a dialog both about the details of technology and the opportunities and challenges that the Networked Society is creating."
5G refers to the mobile communication solutions that will support the connectivity demands of the Networked Society.
"Our 5G concept is an integrated solution that includes evolved 4G – LTE and other existing technologies – integrated seamlessly with new, complementary technologies," Kallin says. He and colleague Yngve Selén will explain and discuss Ericsson’s view of 5G networks and demonstrate details of some key 5G technology components. They will also highlight Ericsson’s driving role in the 5G industry alignment process through initiatives such as the METIS project.
Tiny devices communicating directly with each other – part of what is known as the Internet of Things – will account for much of the world’s communications traffic in the future. By creating what we refer to as Capillary Networks, we connect these devices using short-range radio technologies, and then via gateways using 3GPP networks for backhaul between the gateways and the mobile network. We will show how mobile networks can create added value such as security, ease of deployment and load balancing.
Mobile Network Remote Control
Our Mobile Network Remote Control project looks at the development of future mobile networks and systems by approaching the technology from a user-experience perspective. Using remote control over the mobile network as a 5G use case, our hands-on demonstration allows visitors to identify both challenges and opportunities that Ericsson Research will address over coming years.
Future City Coordination Center
What might a coordination center of the future look like? How can technologies work together to make operations faster and more efficient than they are today?
Senior researcher Farjola Peco explains: "Today’s network operation centers give you an overview of mobile networks – how they are working and where they might need service. In the future, an evolved telecom NOC could become an overall coordination center for a city, with a full view of a city’s health and the status of its resources and needs.
"The center would enable the authorities to coordinate actions between different services such as fire, police and utility providers, and even monitor water and air quality around major events.
"In collaboration with Australian operator Telstra, we are exploring how new capabilities such as real-time analytics, knowledge management and the Internet of Things could transform these existing network operation centers."
Real-time analytics is an expanding area for Ericsson Research. András Veres, expert in mobile broadband performance management, is leading a team that has developed a fully functional real-time analytics prototype.
He gives an example of how this could be used: "Say a customer experiences a degraded video service. That event is examined in combination with possible root causes, customer databases and terminal profiles. Then a decision is made to push the information to the customer care system or network operations center for instant action.
"All that can be done within a fraction of a second, for any customer, any event, from any possible source."
New analytics use cases can be created as needed, in a matter of minutes, says Péter Mátray, a fellow researcher working with Veres in Barcelona to demonstrate the system. "What you see at MWC is a real system built up in the server room behind the curtains. The system is continuously fed by data representing 40 million customers, and runs dozens of complex logics simultaneously."
Evolved cloud collaboration
Imagine a future where the cloud extends everywhere. Everything in the network becomes virtualized and capable of executing third-party applications. Now, imagine what endless opportunities this could provide to operators and their customers, such as optimized delivery of multimedia services.
Security monitoring and protection
Security is hotter than ever. Ericsson Research is looking at ways to anticipate and counter emerging security threats, and will demonstrate proofs of concept for research done into innovative security functions.
One looks at how to protect the mobile network control plane against attacks from modified terminals, while another uses information from the network to detect malware on subscriber devices. Both cases are visualized through an experimental dashboard that could be used in a security operations center.
Cloudy but fine
As an extra treat, at the entrance to the Ericsson hall, Ericsson Research is showcasing Micro Weather, a system that uses microwave links as a local weather radar. The way rain can have an effect on microwave backhaul from mobile sites offers a new and exciting opportunity to provide an extremely accurate and precise local weather service.
The concept shows how the real-world clouds can be predicted using analytics provided by the digital cloud.
At Ericsson Research, we are constantly looking into the future, and turning the opportunities we see there into reality, says Harald Kallin. "The concepts and technology proof points we are bringing to Barcelona are signposts on the way to the Networked Society, where people, information, devices and knowledge are all connected and networked in real time," he says.