Ericsson and Microsoft simplify mobile broadband in Windows 8


A new protocol led by Ericsson with Microsoft has
simplified adoption of mobile broadband for notebooks and tablets on Windows 8
to meet consumer expectations of always-on connectivity.


The collaborative development of the protocol is an
industry effort within USB Implementers Forum.


Device manufacturers who implement the protocol will no
longer need to install drivers for embedded mobile broadband connectivity or a
connection manager – support for the protocol will be included in Windows 8.
The new generation of mobile broadband modules from Ericsson
supports this protocol, which is being demonstrated this week at the Microsoft
BUILD conference in the United States.


“This open communication protocol helps to save both
time and cost for notebook and tablet makers. This is true also for the end
user, enabling constant connectivity and simpler updates rather than separate
downloads from manufacturer web sites,” said Mats Norin, head of Ericsson
Mobile Broadband Modules.


Ericsson also worked with silicon partners like AMD,
Intel,, NVIDIA and Texas Instruments. The result is that Ericsson’s mobile
broadband modules supporting the protocol help make the adoption of mobile
broadband for the Windows 8- based PC ecosystem smooth.


As consumers are buying notebooks, netbooks, tablets and
other consumer electronics, their expectations on connectivity go up. Ericsson
believes in embedded connectivity to help consumers get what they want faster
and in the simplest possible way.


The new feature will be available on all Ericsson modules
starting with the F5321gw, H5321gw and C5621gw and beyond after the final
release of Windows 8.


Ericsson recently announced the launch
of its SSR 8000 family of Smart Services Routers (SSR), a key component of
Ericsson’s 4(th) generation of IP networking launched earlier this year.


The solution provides operators with a simple, smart and
scalable solution for converged networks. As a consolidated platform for both
fixed and mobile network applications, the SSR enables complete network
convergence so subscribers can access services from any device or location.


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