June 23, 2020
Integrated access and backhaul (IAB) is an advanced concept in 5G that shows significant promise in addressing the challenge of wireless backhaul of street sites. IAB has several advantages compared with other backhaul technologies, and if used properly, it could become an essential backhaul solution for 5G New Radio (NR) networks, especially in high bands (mmWave) where wide spectrum is available. Simulations at Ericsson show that IAB is an attractive complement to fiber, with the ability to provide backhaul for street sites in urban and suburban areas.
June 2, 2020
Critical IoT connectivity is ideal for a wide range of Internet of Things use cases across most industry verticals. Mobile network operators (MNOs) are uniquely positioned to address time-critical use cases by leveraging their existing assets and new technologies in a systematic fashion. Critical IoT addresses the time-critical communication needs of individual users, enterprises and public institutions. It is intended for time-critical applications that demand data delivery within a specified time duration with required guarantee (reliability) levels, such as data delivery within 50ms with 99.9 percent likelihood (reliability).
May 12, 2020
The future of cloud computing is being shaped by the combination of the growing popularity of distributed solutions and increased reliance on heterogeneous hardware capabilities. As the role of distributed compute and storage capabilities in cloud computing continues to expand, network operators, who have large, distributed systems already in place, have a golden opportunity to become major cloud players. However, operators must overcome a few technical challenges – most notably in relation to heterogeneous compute and storage capabilities – to deliver best-in-class application performance.
April 14, 2020
The ability to deliver low-cost Internet of Things (IoT) devices on a mass scale is at risk of being hampered by the high cost of the universal integrated circuit cards (UICC) currently required to provide connectivity. The work to develop a less sophisticated – and therefore less costly – alternative is underway, but in the meantime, the IoT requires workarounds that either lower device cost or justify the price of UICCs by leveraging more of their capabilities. Ericsson proposes a number of options that either reduce the complexity of using UICCs or leverage them to provide additional value.