MWC 2016: Ericsson gearing up with new product demos

Ericsson 5G radio prototype
Telecom network vendor Ericsson is gearing up with a slew of product launched at the Mobile World Congress (MWC 2016) in Barcelona this month.

The main focus areas of Ericsson at MWC 2016 will be 5G,

Phase 2 of Ericsson’s 5G Radio Test Bed includes 5G radio prototypes set for operator field trials in 2016. Advanced features such as Massive MIMO and beam tracking will be part of the live demo at Ericsson booth.

At MWC 2016, Ericsson will also present the results of 5G collaborations with partners, along with concepts and prototypes supporting the ICT transformation of the manufacturing and automotive industries.

Visitors at MWC 2016 can try out a prototype system for semi-autonomous, remote flying of radio-controlled helicopters. By adding haptic feedback to video and audio, users can feel the helicopter moving and interacting with its environment. The demo is part of Ericsson’s research into industry transformation opportunities enabled by 5G networks.

Ericsson will showcase network slicing. As part of this demo, Ericsson will create one network that can support multiple industries. Ericsson’s client SK Telecom aims to create a 5G ready core at MWC 2016.

Ericsson will demo its low power wide area (LPWA) cellular IoT solutions, including Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT), LTE-M (Cat M) and EC-EGPRS/EC-GSM (Extended Coverage) for Massive IoT applications — targeting utilities, transport and agriculture.

Ericsson will demo how to build and manage IoT networks that combine devices connected directly to a 5G system with devices connected via short-range radio through capillary gateways, as well as live demonstration of Virtual Evolved Packet Core (EPC) for Massive IoT. A related presentation will show how forthcoming Bluetooth low energy mesh technology can be used for capillary connectivity in a smart home.

The company will showcase Ericsson Hyperscale Datacenter System 8000 – a new generation of datacenter system using disaggregated hardware architecture for better resource utilization with the latest Ericsson cloud offerings.

Ericsson says its live Cloud RAN demo will include radio access functionality virtualized on remote COTS servers located in Sweden. Ericsson will feature Elastic RAN architecture, which enables virtually limitless baseband interconnections.

Ericsson will showcase its role in the Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) story, including software-defined networking (SDN) and evolution to the 5G-ready core. Solutions on show include vEPC, vIMS and vUDC, as well as Ericsson Cloud Manager.

Ericsson and Sony will demo the latest consumer and enterprise communication services based on VoLTE. Ericsson will also demo extension of voice services to tablets, computers and other personal devices in collaboration with its device partners.

The company will showcase Gigabit LTE — offering device performance of up to 1Gbps, using a combination of 3 Component Carrier Aggregation, 4X4 MIMO and 256 QAM, and including interoperability with the latest devices. Ericsson will also demo Lean Carrier.

Ericsson will showcase advanced Radio System. Its new radio access products support 4X4 MIMO, as well as new spectrum bands and spectrum refarming. It will showcase new multi-gigabit capacities and multi-band microwave additions to address increasing backhaul requirements, as well as radio transport integration using Router 6000.

Ericsson will demo a new indoor radio planning tool to help operators reduce time-to-service for indoor solutions including the Ericsson Radio Dot System and Pico RBS.

Ericsson will feature 3G WCDMA innovations, including Flow of Users, Zero Touch and Intelligent Antenna Sharing, which make it faster and more cost-effective for operators to bring mobile broadband to everyone.

Baburajan K
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