Leading ICT solutions provider, Ericsson today announced its plans and Outlined the evolution of cellular IoT in four segments leveraging new capabilities with 4G and 5G to tap growth opportunities from industry digitalization. Ericsson introduced Broadband IoT and Industrial Automation IoT as new segments in addition to Massive IoT and Critical IoT.
Ericsson also launched solutions for IoT enhancements and new Broadband IoT solutions on existing LTE networks to enable more advanced use cases. These solutions are expected to help the evolution of cellular IoT and will enable service providers to address a larger part of the IoT market with diverse use cases across verticals including automotive, manufacturing, and utilities.
What is Cellular IoT?
Cellular IoT is the technology to connect physical things to the Internet. A common internet point can serve to multiple physical things. With the introduction of 5G, Cellular
What are the applications of Cellular IoT?
A few examples below;
– Factory automation by applying the latest cellular IoT technology improves efficiency and results.
– Enables Low-Power Wide-Area Network – LPWAN applications (massive IoT).
– Remote environmental sensors to measure temperature, wind, pressure
– Asset tracker with condition monitoring through several sensors
5G will be the Game-changer
Seamless high-speed wireless connectivity is what 5G is offering. 5G is yet to make its impact in our society. With the introduction of 5G, IoT technology will get a boost. More applications will be added to the cellular IoT.
In line with its cellular IoT vision, Ericsson is launching enhanced functionalities for Massive IoT* and new solutions for Broadband IoT. One example of Massive IoT enhancement is the NB-IoT Extended Cell Range 100km, which stretches the standards-based limit from around 40km to 100km through software updates without changes to existing NB-IoT devices. This opens huge opportunities in IoT connectivity in rural and remote areas, particularly for logistics, agriculture and environmental monitoring. Ericsson has deployed NB-IoT data connections up to 100km with Telstra and DISH.
The Broadband IoT solutions being launched include drone detection and link control, radio access network (RAN) slicing, Advanced Subscriber Group Handling, and Multi-Gigabit LTE for 2Gbps data throughput and around 10-millisecond latency. The new solutions will enable a wide range of use cases in automotive, drones, AR/VR, advanced wearables, smart manufacturing, and smart utilities.
A promising and guarantying factor behind all these developments is that to deliver seamless high-speed wireless from the access point, optical fibers are required until the access point. Developments in IoT offers hope to the fiber optic industry.