Ericsson improves 5G capabilities with launch of Time-Critical Communication

New Software Toolkit Solves Mobile Network Delays and Interruptions
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On October 25, at a high-profile event at the Swedish Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, Ericsson showcased the next wave of 5G innovation. The ICT leader has launched an end-to-end solution that will ensure the consistent low latency and high reliability demanded by time-critical applications and services for consumers, businesses and the public sector.

Ericsson’s Time-Critical Communication is a software toolkit for resolving delays and interruptions in mobile networks. It combines the Ultra-Reliable, Low Latency Communication (URLLC) standard specified by 3GPP with innovations from Ericsson to mitigate the main causes of latency. Leveraging Ericsson’s expertise in radio access network, transport, 5G core, service management and orchestration, BSS, and support services, this software product offers low End-to-end constant latency (50ms to 1ms) at specified assurance levels (99.9% to 99.999%) – enabling critical use cases at scale.

Many emerging use cases are critical in nature, demanding constant low latency and highly reliable performance, currently not possible in today’s 4G and 5G networks. The new solution is designed to meet this need and deliver on all the promises of 5G. Critical IoT is the third addition to Ericsson’s cellular IoT portfolio which also includes massive IoT, broadband IoT and industrial automation IoT. It will be introduced with 5G networks, enabling a variety of urgent services for consumers, businesses and public institutions in all sectors using public and private 5G networks.

Why now?

Ongoing deployments of stand-alone 5G networks with massive multiple input and output (MIMO), quality of service (QoS) differentiation, edge computing and network slicing provide a solid foundation for delivering urgent services in coexistence with mobile. broadband, targeting innovative consumer-centric applications such as real-time media.

Chafic Traboulsi, Vice President and Head of Networks at Ericsson Middle East and Africa
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With the reliability and consistency of an end-to-end solution capable of supporting time-critical applications and services, Ericsson is now taking a critical step towards unlocking the full potential of 5G and delivering feedback on investment in communication service providers.

Another critical business driver for IoT is the emergence of a non-public network for industrial use, which requires specific functionality such as the integration of 5G with real-time Ethernet.

Respond to market and customer needs

Ericsson’s end-to-end mission-critical IoT solution addresses four categories of critical time-critical use cases that are common to various verticals: real-time media, remote control, industrial control and automation of mobility.

The solution also addresses three main network deployment scenarios: general public network infrastructure, dedicated wide area network infrastructure, and dedicated local area network infrastructure. It also addresses critical use cases in the extended domain by adding support for critical IoT connectivity to NR carriers through software upgrades.

Critical IoT is for time-critical applications and services that require data delivery within a specified time frame with a certain guarantee; for example, data delivery within 50 ms with 99.9% certainty (reliability). This is fundamentally different from enhanced mobile broadband connectivity, which maximizes data rates without any guarantee of latency. The rapid adoption of Ericsson’s time-critical communications solution is expected for remote control and real-time multimedia applications over public and dedicated networks.

The first critical IoT-related products (as part of Ericsson’s e2e C-IoT solution) will be available on the market in the first quarter of 2022. Other products and features will be added to the portfolio in future releases software.

The Critical IoT offering will be available for Ericsson Private 5G within six months of its general availability.

This content is sourced from Reach by Gulf News, which is GN Media’s branded content team.

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