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By Rich Handley

Ericsson Intros Cellular IoT Solutions, Identifies Industry Market Segments

Ericsson has announced new cellular Internet of Things (IoT) solutions designed to enable service providers to address a larger part of the IoT market with use cases across such vertical markets as automotive, manufacturing and utilities. The firm has outlined cellular IoT evolution in four market segments: massive IoT, broadband IoT, critical IoT and industrial automation IoT. Broadband IoT adopts mobile broadband capabilities for the IoT and supports higher data rates and lower latencies than massive IoT, the company explains, while industrial automation IoT will enable advanced industrial automation applications with demanding connectivity requirements.

The firm is launching enhanced functionalities for massive IoT, along with new solutions for broadband IoT. One massive IoT enhancement is the NB-IoT Extended Cell Range 100km, which stretches the standards-based limit from around 40km to 100km through software updates, without changes to existing NB-IoT devices. According to Ericsson, this opens opportunities in IoT connectivity in rural and remote areas, particularly for logistics, agriculture and environment monitoring. The company has deployed NB-IoT data connections of up to 100km with Telstra and DISH.

The broadband IoT solutions being launched include drone detection and link control, radio access network (RAN) slicing, advanced subscriber group handling and Multi-Gigabit LTE for 2Gbps data throughput and around 10-millisecond latency. According to the company, the solutions are intended to enable use cases in automotive, drones, AR/VR, advanced wearables, smart manufacturing and smart utilities.

"Cellular IoT is moving from early adoption with Massive IoT to global rollout," said Fredrik Jejdling, Ericsson's executive VP and head of networks, in a prepared statement. "We are now describing 'what's next?' for our customers and how they can make the most out of their 4G and 5G investments on the same network and address more advanced IoT use cases across industries."

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