Ericsson on Tuesday launched its network services for massive IoT that includes the complete design, planning and deployment solutions required by operators who plan to roll out IoT services and integrate huge number of IoT devices in their LTE network.
The services include IoT network design and optimization, deployment, operation and management.
“We are expecting IoT devices will compliment mobile phones as the largest and vastly spread category of connected devices, as early as 2018 and, according to Ericsson’s latest Mobility Report, there will be 18 billion connected IoT devices in 2022,” said Peter Laurin, Head of Business Area Managed Services, Ericsson, in a statement.
“This big action requires a different sort of approach to network planning, design, operations and capabilities than traditional mobile broadband networks,” Laurin added.
The company introduced internet of things with advanced features such as Voice over LTE (VoLTE) support for the “Cat-M1” (an IoT-friendly version of LTE) technology.
This will facilitate operators with a good range of opportunities to expand voice and connection services to areas such as security alarm panels, remote first-aid kits, wearables, digital locks, disposable security garments over all other IoT-enabled applications and services.
With its operation and management capabilities in the IoT business, besides network services for massive IoT, Ericsson is also planning of introducing automatic machine learning to its Network Operations Centers (NOCs) to assist operators into managing delivery cost and take a proactive approach to both event and incident management. Supposedly, the company completed a trial recently in which 80 percent of all incidents were recognised by machine learning only with no human assistance, with the root cause identified correctly in 77 percent of cases.
“Operators need partners that can help them to introduce new technologies smoothly and quickly. This is especially true in the case of LTE-M and NB-IoT. As enhancements to LTE, they appear to represent the operators’ core competency,” says Jamie Moss, Principal Analyst, Consumer Technology and IoT at Ovum.