Ericsson gives sneak peek into connected future

Fri Feb 22, 2013 4:09am EST

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*During the Mobile World Congress in Fira Gran Via, Barcelona, between February 25-28, Ericsson
will show what the Networked Society could look like by 2020 and beyond using demos of 5G, the
Connected Megacity and Window of Opportunity
*5G for the Networked Society beyond 2020 -  Ericsson's take on how to manage 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 occupied by 70 percent of the world population 
*Window of Opportunity - an exploration project where Ericsson tests the idea of connecting glass
to boost indoor coverage and enable services such as 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 the question that Ericsson
(NASDAQ:ERIC) is actively researching and providing possible answers to by developing the 5G
concept. 

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

Therefore, networks will need to be able to handle a massive amount of connected devices and much
more data traffic than today. All this needs to be done in a low cost and sustainable way.

In order to cope with such challenges in the Networked Society, Ericsson is working to identify
new technologies, complementing the evolution of existing technologies to enable even more
efficient, scalable and versatile networks. Examples include ultra-dense deployments for public
indoor environments such as libraries and universities where cloud services will be crucial in
order to meet communication needs. 

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

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

The Connected Megacity

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

In the Connected Megacity demonstration, we bring the networked city to life and highlight the
benefits of collaborative and proactive practices. With focus on technology enablers, we look into
three main scenarios. The first one, the safe city, illustrates how ICT solutions can ease traffic
congestion after a car accident has impacted on traffic movement.  

The second scenario is the creative city and shows how ICT solutions can ensure a quality network
user experience for the audience even during densely populated cultural or social events such as
concerts. The third scenario, the greener city, demonstrates a heatwave and how a city can manage
such conditions by taking advantage of smart grids.

These three demos show how patterns of behavior can be identified by analyzing and combining feeds
of data and situational knowledge stemming from these scenarios.

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

Window of Opportunity

Ericsson will also offer a sneak peek into an exploration project called Window of Opportunity, in
which Ericsson tests what happens when ordinary glass windows get connected and act as connectors.

Ericsson will demonstrate how by using a transparent antenna, an ordinary window could easily
become part of the mobile broadband network, boosting indoor coverage and providing a great mobile
experience inside buildings or when taking public transportation to work. By connecting the
windows on a bus, for example, the bus can become an extended office or a haven where you can
unwind with entertainment. Windows could be used as a whiteboard that capture what you have
written and e-mails you the notes and much more. 

Connected windows offer a spectrum of new and exciting possibilities such as automated blinds and
cloud control for ventilation, lights, and more, benefiting people, businesses and society. The
connected window also presents opportunities to reduce a building's energy consumption. And by
adding transparent solar cells to produce electricity, these applications can power themselves and
deliver excess energy into the smart grid.

During Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona, Ericsson showcases its combined technology and
services leadership for the Information and Communications Technology industry. Our solutions
deliver superior network performance in the field, enable complete customer experience management,
simplify and automate operations workflows thereby leading to operational excellence. We show how
the Networked Society comes to life - what it will mean for the industry and how it will enable
our customers to capture growth opportunities.

NOTES TO EDITORS

RELATED INFORMATION:

City index 1-3:

http://www.ericsson.com/thinkingahead/networked_society/city-life
http://www.ericsson.com/thinkingahead/networked_society/city-life 

City Index interactive tool:

http://www.ericsson.com/thinkingahead/networked_society/city-life/city-index
http://www.ericsson.com/thinkingahead/networked_society/city-life/city-index 

The three ages of Megacities: http://www.ericsson.com/res/docs/2012/ns_megacities_report_4.pdf
http://www.ericsson.com/res/docs/2012/ns_megacities_report_4.pdf 

Window of Opportunity - photos, video and more information:
http://www.ericsson.com/thinkingahead/networked_society/window_of_opportunity
http://www.ericsson.com/thinkingahead/networked_society/window_of_opportunity 

Download high-resolution photos and broadcast-quality video at www.ericsson.com/press
http://www.ericsson.com/press 

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

Our offering comprises services, software and infrastructure within Information and Communications
Technology for telecom operators and other industries. Today more than 40 percent of the world's
mobile traffic goes through Ericsson networks and we support customers' networks servicing more
than 2.5 billion subscribers. 

We operate in 180 countries and employ more than 100,000 people. Founded in 1876, Ericsson is
headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2011 the company's net sales were SEK 226.9 billion (USD
35.0 billion). Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ OMX, Stockholm and NASDAQ, New York stock exchanges.

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