Swedish technology giant Ericsson and French telecommunications company Orange, along with the US technology giant Intel successfully carried out the trial for Internet of Things (IoT) using EC-GSM-IoT (Extended Coverage-GSM-IoT) technology in Paris.
The trial that happened from November 2015 to February 2016 tested the enhanced networking capabilities of cellular IoT for affordable, low-complexity devices. The trial used the 900MHz band on the Orange network demonstrated the viability of IoT applications to coexist with legacy mobile devices on the same network technology in the same spectrum. It also showed that EC-GSM-IoT technology can be activated by activating the new software on existing GSM infrastructure.
An improved indoor coverage was witnessed, which was extended by 20dB beyond regular GSM boundaries. “Improved indoor coverage is key when it comes to IoT, so we are very pleased with the results achieved during the trial. We are in a position to help our customers meet their IoT solution requirements,” said Asha Keddy, Vice President and General Manager of Intel’s Next Generation and Standards Group.
In MWC 2016, Ericsson has introduced an ‘IoT Transformation’ suite that would help the operators turn into the creators of IoT services. According to Ericsson, there are many opportunities for the operators to expand in IoT. The company estimated that the number of IoT devices will be more than triple to 15 billion by 2021.
“IoT represents a very significant opportunity. By providing connectivity, operators can address approximately 15% of the potential revenues on offer. But they can do more,” said Jean-Philippe Poirault, Head of Consulting and Systems Integration, Ericsson.
“We would like to help operators move higher up in the value chain to become IoT service enablers and service creators. They have the assets required to do so, and we have the capabilities and the expertise to help them complete the necessary transformation,” he said.