Swedish network equipment firm Ericsson will showcase at the Mobile World Congress its latest solutions that include a series of world firsts in the areas of operations and business support systems (OSS and BSS), LTE, VoLTE (voice over LTE), and HSPA.
The MWC, telecommunications industry’s most important trade show, starts on Monday, February 25 and will run until February 28, in Barcelona, Spain.
Service Provider SDN
Ericsson will showcase its Service Provider Software Defined Networking (SDN) concept, which ensures operators have the carrier-grade tools to build real-time platforms that will allow them to offer cloud services to consumers and enterprises.
Service Provider SDN means adding control to all domains of the telecom network. It links control of the cloud to the control of the network. It integrates network control and orchestration, cloud management and service exposure.
Ericsson is demonstrating two LTE Advanced carrier aggregation cases, which allow operators to get the most out of fragmented spectrum.
Ericsson is first to demonstrate carrier aggregation with commercial devices and chipsets soon available on the market from Qualcomm. Ericsson’s LTE Advanced Carrier Aggregation will soon be generally available for operators to more efficiently achieve higher peak-data rates, up to 150 Mbps over 20 MHz.
HD voice, video services for LTE smartphones
Ericsson will show the latest advancements in VoLTE and the growing VoLTE device ecosystem.
Demonstrations of the world’s first VoLTE and Rich Communication Services (RCSe) integrated on an LTE smartphone platform will be shown together with Qualcomm.
The company said it will demonstrate HD voice and video calling over commercial LTE smartphones and display the growing VoLTE device ecosystem.
The latest improvements in voice handover from LTE to WCDMA (SRVCC based on R10 commercial Ericsson products) will be demonstrated together with Qualcomm.
Ericsson will also provide LTE and IMS/VoLTE network coverage at the congress venue for ST-Ericsson and device platform partners, Qualcomm and Renesas. Ericsson also provides LTE coverage to platform partners Intel and nVidia.
Ericsson and Qualcomm will demonstrate a concept in which unpaired spectrum bands are used as a complement to existing paired frequency bands to improve downlink performance.
This concept is referred to as supplemental downlink and the demonstration will use the unpaired L-band.
Relying on Ericsson’s commercially available base stations and Qualcomm devices it will be demonstrated that supplemental downlink can increase user speeds by more than 100 percent while increasing network capacity significantly.
The resulting increase in user throughput delivers a better experience for consumers while the increased network capacity allows operators to serve more subscribers in a cost-efficient manner.
Supplemental downlink is one example of multi-band, multi-carrier WCDMA technology. This technology is already supported in Ericsson networks.
Ericsson’s spectrum refarming solution enables successful growth in mobile broadband, shortening time to market for WCDMA and LTE and ensuring maintained quality of service during and after refarming.
Main KPIs are maintained and even improved in some cases, even after a proven average reduction in GSM spectrum usage of 30 percent in 900 band and 38 percent in 1800 band.
Ericsson said it will also show solutions for line-of-sight and non-line-of-sight microwave deployment cases that simplify small cell build-outs.
Using a live camera solution for microwave alignment makes for easier and quicker installations. A new solution for indoor small cells enables reuse of indoor infrastructure, providing flexible installation and lower deployment costs.
Ericsson said it will demonstrate live IP backhaul performance monitoring from the cell site up to the switch site.