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Millions of IoT connections per cell site supported with Ericsson Networks Software

Software enhancements to today’s ubiquitous mobile networks can ensure that the extensive footprint, high reliability, and security of cellular technology will be platform for Internet of Things (IoT) growth in Smart Cities, Utilities and other industries.

As Arun Bansal, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Unit Radio, Ericsson explains “...we are expanding on our promise to remove the barriers to IoT with the industry’s first complete cellular LPWA offerings over cellular, enabling operators to address the full diversity of IoT use cases across their networks.”

Today’s cellular networks, covering the globe with standardized mobile access, provide the ideal platform for a proliferation of IoT devices and applications.

Ericsson Networks Software 17A includes a range of features targeting applications where a massive number of IoT devices must be cost-effectively supported over a broad area – including Smart Cities, Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and Smart Metering for Utilities. The software enables support for millions of device connections in each mobile network cell site. It also introduces support for the new low-complexity IoT device category known as Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT). NB-IoT continues to cut device cost up to 90% while improving on 10-plus years of battery life and extending coverage – delivering a 20 dB advantage over existing solutions. These improvements enable operators to leverage their current LTE infrastructure to deliver a wide range of new IoT applications through a simple software upgrade.

Ericsson offers a complete cellular LPWA solution, along with end to end solutions for IoT analytics, device management and global service support. Ericsson also works with key IoT partners to ensure a broad and robust IoT module and device eco-system.

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