Ericsson, in their latest participation in the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, recently showcased their strategy to create a “Networked Society” which leverage on IT solutions to improve communication in high rise buildings and even public safety. The company also shared their latest initiatives with global names – Facebook and Philips, to name a few.
To address weak mobile signals, the company revealed “Radio Dot”, an integrated radio antenna serving as an extension of a cellular network; that is both cheap and flexible in providing voice and data signals to indoor settings.
The Radio Dot device aims to realign a mobile network to locations where the network is mostly utilized and also where capacity and coverage are often insufficient. Redefining the small cell market, it delivers mobile broadband and voice service access to users wherein most small cells available in the market these days would experience difficulties in an in-building setup, such as scalability, high costing and service continuity.
Its physical attributes being just as impressive as its purpose and functions, the Radio Dot is a small device almost the same size as an average smoke detector, weighing just a meager 300 grams. Small, compact, and light, it fulfills its potential by being readily available to access indoor environments that are normally not suited for other small cell devices.
With its unique features and remarkable potential, Ericsson’s Radio Dot has earned the interest of several mobile operators, who are excited and optimistic for its commercial release and availability, which is expected to happen around late 2014.
Apart from revealing the Radio Dot in the Mobile World Congress, Ericsson also made several important announcements, putting emphasis on several aspects of the industry that affect the way we live our lives in these ever-changing times.
Ericsson, in alliance with Phillips, launched Zero Site, which focuses on the universality of lighting, allowing one hundred times more light poles than what other telecommunications sites all over the world have been able to accomplish so far. This kind of change entails the application of LED lighting and network densification, facilitating better network performance for all, backing up cities and their needs in terms of aesthetics, energy, processes, connectivity and intelligence.
Ericsson showed their LTE Advanced Carrier Aggregation, achieving astounding speeds of 450Mbps, paving the way for companies like SingTel, Etisalat, and Vodafone the opportunity to deploy and do trial LTE upgrades such as LTE Advanced, LTE Broadcast, VoLTE, and LTE Broadcast.
Ericsson and Facebook have created a Web Innovation Lab for Internet.org, their main goal being to make the internet more accessible for more users. Part of this effort is to provide assistance with developing applications and services for mobile networks, as well as provide developers an avenue to test these mobile apps in simulated worldwide settings, all catering to the next five billion internet users. Ericsson also won the telecoms.com industry award for 2014, for “connecting the unconnected”, only proving further that their drive and dedication to excel in the industry has not waned one bit. Apart from this, Italgas of Snam Rete Gas, which is the leading natural gas distributor in Italy have chosen to use and Ericsson’s smart metering solution for its users, being the first advanced meter management and reading system for the gas market in Italy. Volvo has also teamed up with Ericsson by launching cloud-enabled connected car services, conceiving a combination of Ericsson’s systems integration expertise and Volvo’s driver performance knowledge.
Ericsson also released several products such as more affordable smartphones, as well as their wearables, specifically the Gear Fit, Gear 2, and SmartBand, pushing forward the tech revolution wherein it wasn’t even conceivable a few years ago, expanding the tech and connectivity spectrum even further.
Starting a revolution in Pay-TV, Ericsson upped the ante with Pay-TV at Web speed, giving the optimum TV and OTT experience to users, proving that Cloud-based TV-as-a-service can be proficient as well as ground-breaking. As an advantage for consumers, the possibilities are boundless, location and device being non-factors, their TV experience will always be available.
With their new mobile unified communications platform, Ericsson is enabling mobile and converged operators to supply integrated cloud, connectivity and communications as part of their services. Providing key advantages of being able to leverage IMS infrastructure investments, as well as concentrate on key Enterprise CIO pain points of integration and consolidation.