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Ericsson and Verizon team up on LPWAN

Steve Rogerson
January 12, 2016
Ericsson and Verizon have announced joint activities to further the development and deployment of cellular low-power wide-area (LPWA) networking for a diverse range of IoT applications. The two companies have been engaged in IoT trials since 2014 to demonstrate the range of IoT use cases – both consumer and industrial applications – that today's mobile networks can support.
"Verizon's nationwide LTE network provides an ideal platform for the acceleration of IoT applications that benefit consumers, industry and cities,” said Adam Koeppe, vice president at US firm Verizon. “We're committed to simplifying IoT and have introduced a developer platform – ThingSpace – and new network advancements that do just that. Ericsson's new software will enable us to expand our coverage of low-cost IoT devices while supporting years of battery life."
LTE is already suited to support high-capacity, low-latency applications. Ericsson's LPWA will scale Verizon's LTE network to connect a wider variety of IoT use cases by supporting the connectivity requirements of lower power, lower cost and reduced complexity.
"Verizon has been a great partner in the advancement of cellular technologies to address IoT networking requirements,” said Arun Bansal, senior vice president of Swedish company Ericsson. “IoT applications will drive 5G development so it is essential for us to work with leading operators like Verizon to proactively spearhead the industry and ecosystem."
IoT promises to bring new levels of intelligence that link people with the world around them in ways never before possible. This will require connections in orders of magnitude higher than those used by current systems and that work together and scale to meet diverse requirements.
Ericsson's recently launched software called Networks Software 17A that addresses the anticipated massive number of IoT devices and the diversity of their connectivity requirements. The software includes features enabling cellular networks to support smart cities, smart metering and smart agriculture. Ericsson is accelerating the uptake of IoT with the industry's first complete cellular LPWA offering, enabling operators to address the diversity of IoT use cases across their networks.
By leveraging its existing network infrastructure, Verizon says it can achieve a faster time to market with IoT applications that benefit from its LTE network's mobility, reliability, security and reach. Ericsson and Verizon plan to work proactively with ecosystem partners to accelerate the pace of commercialisation of advanced IoT services. Joint trials between Ericsson and Verizon will continue in 2016, focused on live network testing of IoT use cases.