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Ericsson gives sneak peek into connected future

Feb 22 2013 12:00AM



STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN -- (Marketwire) -- 02/22/13 --

* During the Mobile World Congress in Fira Gran Via, Barcelona, between February 25-28, Ericsson will show what the Networked Society couldlook like by 2020 and beyond using demos of 5G, the Connected Megacity andWindow of Opportunity

* 5G for the Networked Society beyond 2020 - Ericsson's take on how tomanage 50 billion connections in a sustainable and cost efficient way

* The Connected Megacity - a demo showing how ICT can increase safety, creativity and sustainability in cities that by 2050 will be occupiedby 70 percent of the world population

* Window of Opportunity - an exploration project where Ericsson tests theidea of connecting glass to boost indoor coverage and enable services suchas automated blinds and cloud control for ventilation

5G for the Networked Society beyond 2020

What will the Networked Society look like by 2020 and beyond? That's thequestion that Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) is actively researching and providingpossible answers to by developing the 5G concept.

Beyond 2020, mobile data volumes will be 1000 times higher and user datarateswill be up to 100 times faster than today. In the same time, there will bebetween 10 to 100 times more connected devices.

Therefore, networks will need to be able to handle a massive amount ofconnecteddevices and much more data traffic than today. All this needs to be done inalow cost and sustainable way.

In order to cope with such challenges in the Networked Society, Ericsson isworking to identify new technologies, complementing the evolution ofexistingtechnologies to enable even more efficient, scalable and versatilenetworks.Examples include ultra-dense deployments for public indoor environmentssuch aslibraries and universities where cloud services will be crucial in order tomeetcommunication needs.

Ericsson sees 5G as a way for users to enjoy the ultimate networkexperience.5G is not one, or a few, completely new radio access technologies. Instead,byadopting an experience-centric rather than technology-centric approach,it'sfocusing on offering an ultimate experience by integrating multiple radioaccesstechnologies fulfilling different needs.

With this demo, Ericsson takes visitors on a trip to the world in 2020 andreveals how 5G will help to meet future challenges, fulfilling thecommunicationneeds and enabling the long-term Networked Society.

The Connected Megacity

Another challenge is the increasing urbanization. By the year 2050, 70percentof the world's population will live in cities, compared to 50 percenttoday.Many will live in the largest urban areas - the so called mega cities - andthispopulation boost will dramatically increase the need to manage social,economicand environmental issues more efficiently and in a more sustainable way.Ericsson views ICT and mobile technology as key to meeting these challengesandcritical for future infrastructure and city planning.

In the Connected Megacity demonstration, we bring the networked city tolife andhighlight the benefits of collaborative and proactive practices. With focusontechnology enablers, we look into three main scenarios. The first one, thesafecity, illustrates how ICT solutions can ease traffic congestion after a caraccident has impacted on traffic movement.

The second scenario is the creative city and shows how ICT solutions canensurea quality network user experience for the audience even during denselypopulatedcultural or social events such as concerts. The third scenario, the greenercity, demonstrates a heatwave and how a city can manage such conditions bytaking advantage of smart grids.

These three demos show how patterns of behavior can be identified byanalyzingand combining feeds of data and situational knowledge stemming from thesescenarios.

Experts can then work with the results of the analysis to make intelligentandcontextual recommendations for different scenarios.

Window of Opportunity

Ericsson will also offer a sneak peek into an exploration project calledWindowof Opportunity, in which Ericsson tests what happens when ordinary glasswindowsget connected and act as connectors.

Ericsson will demonstrate how by using a transparent antenna, an ordinarywindowcould easily become part of the mobile broadband network, boosting indoorcoverage and providing a great mobile experience inside buildings or whentakingpublic transportation to work. By connecting the windows on a bus, forexample,the bus can become an extended office or a haven where you can unwind withentertainment. Windows could be used as a whiteboard that capture what youhavewritten and e-mails you the notes and much more.

Connected windows offer a spectrum of new and exciting possibilities suchasautomated blinds and cloud control for ventilation, lights, and more,benefitingpeople, businesses and society. The connected window also presentsopportunitiesto reduce a building's energy consumption. And by adding transparent solarcellsto produce electricity, these applications can power themselves and deliverexcess energy into the smart grid.

During Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona, Ericsson showcases itscombinedtechnology and services leadership for the Information and CommunicationsTechnology industry. Our solutions deliver superior network performance inthefield, enable complete customer experience management, simplify andautomateoperations workflows thereby leading to operational excellence. We show howtheNetworked Society comes to life - what it will mean for the industry andhow itwill enable our customers to capture growth opportunities.



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Ericsson is the world's leading provider of communications technology andservices. We are enabling the Networked Society with efficient real-timesolutions that allow us all to study, work and live our lives more freely,insustainable societies around the world.

Our offering comprises services, software and infrastructure withinInformationand Communications Technology for telecom operators and other industries.Todaymore than 40 percent of the world's mobile traffic goes through Ericssonnetworks and we support customers' networks servicing more than 2.5 billionsubscribers.

We operate in 180 countries and employ more than 100,000 people. Founded in1876, Ericsson is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2011 the company'snetsales were SEK 226.9 billion (USD 35.0 billion). Ericsson is listed onNASDAQOMX, Stockholm and NASDAQ, New York stock exchanges.

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