Another step to Ericsson's vision of 50 billion connected devices

Published February 16th, 2010 - 10:40 GMT

 World record speed
•    Another step to Ericsson's vision of 50 billion connected devices
At the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Ericsson (NADAQ:ERIC) set a world record by showcasing LTE/4G with a speed of 1 gigabit per second in the downlink.

Johan Wibergh, head of Networks and Executive Vice President, said: "We envision 50 billion connected devices by 2020. Every device and every situation that benefits from a connection should have one. Patients will remotely connect to hospitals; students from rural areas will connect to universities anywhere in the world; rescue workers will send live videos from disaster areas for efficient response."

Johan Wibergh continued: "The use of mobile broadband is growing quickly, driven by consumers powered with smartphones and connected laptops. With the combination of our technology leadership and services capabilities, we are equipped to support our customers in building networks that manage the increased usage while providing consumers with the best experience.

To date, Ericsson has signed commercial LTE contracts with five major global operators; AT&T in the US, Verizon in the US, TeliaSonera in Norway and Sweden, MetroPCS in the US and DoCoMo in Japan.

This world first demonstration is utilizing Multi Carrier technology and Multiple-Input-Multiple-Output, MIMO, and runs on Ericsson commercial LTE hardware.  By combining these technologies, speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second are possible. The demonstration uses four carriers of 20MHz each, totally 80MHz and 4x4 MIMO, data is sent over the air-interface on four independent bit-streams.

LTE, the next generation of mobile communication technology, enables the fast transfer of huge amounts of data in an efficient and cost-effective way, optimizing the use of the frequency spectrum. With increased speed and decreased latency, consumers can enjoy a wide range of applications (real-time web, online gaming, social media collaboration and video conferencing) effortlessly and while on the move. LTE will meet the demands of new and enhanced mobile internet applications of the future.

Ericsson has been driving open standards and has had the highest impact on the released LTE specifications. Ericsson expects to hold 25 percent of all essential patents for LTE, making it the largest patent holder in the industry.

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