Ericsson Unboxed innovative new technologies for the future of mobile networks in India

Ericsson showcased innovative new technologies – from concept ‘radios access network’ products called Radio Stripes, to new AI and ML based solutions ready to be introduced in the networks today – at its flagship technology showcase, ‘Barcelona Unboxed’, held in Gurgaon, India today.

Ericsson Radio Stripes come with a nearly invisible form factor but enable truly ubiquitous high capacity radio everywhere. Ericsson Radio stripe is a visionary mobile network design that is super-distributed and has the potential to deliver better quality and robust radio performance while enabling easy and flexible deployment of mobile networks.

The Company also showcased a host of other demonstrations and use cases across 5G and IoT, including Ericsson Spectrum Sharing, Intelligent Managed Services and Communication on Smart Devices.  Ericsson ‘Made for India’ radio solutions including Massive MIMO and indoor solutions comprising of  small cells and micro cells were also showcased at the event. 

Ericsson´s just launched 5G platform, with it service providers can evolve their network from 4G to 5G in a smart and dynamic way and build performance with precision; maximize automation in operations and leverage AI to cope with complexity and monetize both evolving existing use cases as well as develop new ones, across Mobile Broadband, Fixed Wireless Access and IoT.

Enhanced mobile broadband will be the first commercial application of 5G. In the near future, 5G will provide capacity to handle growing data traffic, as well as present opportunities for operators to grow top-line and improve their consumer business. As networks evolve and technologies like Massive MIMO and 5G New Radio are introduced, cost per gigabyte will decrease. This cost efficiency will grow stepwise with the continued capacity improvements in 4G. An Ericsson Study reveals that the evolution to 5G can enable 10 times lower cost per gigabyte than current 4G networks.

Ericsson also demonstrated its just launched Ericsson Operations Engine at the event. Ericsson and Bharti Airtel had announced their collaboration in the first quarter of this year for building intelligent and predictive network operations. Leveraging on its developments in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and automation, Ericsson will support Airtel to proactively address network complexity and boost user experience.

Technology Showcase at Barcelona Unboxed

Ericsson Radio Stripes

It is a visionary concept where Ericsson has done a rethink of antennas and base stations.  This revolutionary new mobile network design is super-distributed.  It has the potential to deliver better quality, easier deployment at a nearly invisible form factor, enabling truly ubiquitous high capacity radio everywhere. In technical terms this is a truly ubiquitous massive MIMO system. It will be an ideal deployment solution for challenging outdoor as well as indoor areas such as dense city squares, malls/offices, stadiums, train stations, factories and warehouses.   It is simply speaking, a base station that is distributed on a flexible tape – and can be deployed at “tailormade” size with a scissor.

Communicate on Smart Devices

The human need for real-time communication is more relevant than ever. This is true, both for how we communicate with each other, and how we communicate with businesses. Service providers could offer their mobile voice services, enabled via their VoLTE enabled network, to consumers on a palette of new devices such as smart watches, smart speakers, smart TVs, smart mirrors and much more. This proof point we will demonstrate how voice services for the multi-device experience improves the consumer experience.

Ericsson Spectrum Sharing

Ericsson Spectrum Sharing is a key network function that will allow a smooth introduction of 5G on existing 4G frequencies in a service provider’s network, securing the best possible use of their spectrum assets and installed base. With a simple software installation, operators will be able to activate 5G on their existing Ericsson Radio System infrastructure (radios and RAN Compute equipment), that we already started to deliver in 2015. This demo will show how simple it is to move from single mode to mixed mode configurations, while also covering Ericsson Spectrum Sharing.

Future of Mixed Reality

This demonstration showcases a “live” augmented reality visualization of the digital twin of an actual city, including animated weather, transportation, and so on. The miniature city highlights several future buildings within the existing cityscape, and you can zoom to street-level at certain locations for a 360° mixed reality experience from the real city.

This will be made possible through ultra-realistic and largescale mixed reality, which is enabled by an emerging multi-industry ecosystem around 5G, edge computing, autonomous vehicles, advanced visual computing (AI) and mobile devices.