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Vodafone Idea to Deploy Ericsson’s ‘Cloud Packet Core’

Data consumption in India is growing rapidly and users are looking for new, richer experiences every day. We are confident that Ericsson's vEPC solution will be enable us to meet our strategic goals

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Vodafone to switch on 5G network in UK on July 3. Twitter

Swedish technology major Ericsson on Friday said telecom major Vodafone Idea will deploy its “Cloud Packet Core” to enhance its existing core network.

“As part of this deal, Vodafone Idea would benefit from Ericsson’s market leading core network applications and network functions such as Ericsson virtual Evolved Packet Gateway (vEPG), Service Aware Policy Controller (vSAPC) and Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVi) solution enabling fast introduction of new services and providing full service continuity,” Ericsson said in a statement.

Vodafone Idea is partnering with the global vendors and equipment suppliers like Ericsson to deploy new age technologies with built-in customisations and novel innovations to deliver rich customer experience while building a robust, future-fit network, it said.

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Vishant Vora, Chief Technology Officer, Vodafone Idea, said: “Data consumption in India is growing rapidly and users are looking for new, richer experiences every day. We are confident that Ericsson’s vEPC solution will be enable us to meet our strategic goals.” (IANS)

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Ericsson Unveils Two Latest AI-Driven Network Services To Secure User Experience

Network Intelligence is an AI-driven preemptive support service that allows issues to be identified and resolved before they impact network performance

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The two new portfolio additions -- Network Intelligence and Omni Network Channel -- are part of Ericsson's Network Services offering. Wikimedia Commons

Swedish telecom gear maker Ericsson has launched two new Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered offerings in its Network Services portfolio, enabling communications service providers to secure always-on networks and deliver optimal user experiences.

The two new portfolio additions — Network Intelligence and Omni Network Channel — are part of Ericsson’s Network Services offering, the company said on Thursday.

They employ AI, automation and predictive analytics to address the complex reality faced by communications service providers: exponential data growth and the continuous introduction of new technologies such as 5G, digital transformation, and scattered information sources and insights.

“These new offerings are all about putting the service provider in the centre by enabling self-help as well as smooth collaboration, co-creation, and easy access to data – all of which will help secure an always – on network experience,” Roger O’ Hargan, Head of Service Area Networks, Ericsson, said in a statement.

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Swedish telecom gear maker Ericsson has launched two new Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered offerings in its Network Services portfolio, enabling communications service providers to secure always-on networks and deliver optimal user experiences. Pixabay

Network Intelligence is an AI-driven preemptive support service that allows issues to be identified and resolved before they impact network performance.

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The service is designed to prevent critical outages and delivers the network stability needed for service continuity and optimal end-to-end performance. (IANS)

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Ericsson Joins Hands with Microsoft to Build Next-gen Connected Cars

Connected vehicle Cloud as-a-Service will reduce complexity, enable innovation and simplify the application development in the automotive industry

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Ericsson's Connected Vehicle Cloud connects more than 4 million vehicles across 180 countries worldwide - approximately 10 per cent of the connected vehicle market. Wikimedia Commons

Swedish telecom gear maker Ericsson has teamed up with Microsoft to build the next generation of connected cars.

Ericsson is building its Connected Vehicle Cloud on top of the Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform that is running on the Azure Cloud platform.

The integrated solution allows automakers to deploy and scale global vehicle services such as fleet management, over-the-air software updates and connected safety services much easier and faster while reducing costs, the company said in a statement on Thursday.

Ericsson’s Connected Vehicle Cloud connects more than 4 million vehicles across 180 countries worldwide – approximately 10 per cent of the connected vehicle market.

“Our integrated solutions will help automotive manufacturers accelerate their global connected vehicle solutions and offer a better experience for drivers and passengers,” said Asa Tamsons, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Area Technologies & New Businesses at Ericsson.

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FILE – Microsoft Corp. signage is shown outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Wash. VOA

The Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform (MCVP) empowers automotive companies to accelerate the delivery of safe, comfortable and personalized connected driving experiences.

It combines cloud infrastructure, edge technology as well as AI and IoT services with a diverse partner ecosystem.

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“Together with Ericsson, we intend to simplify the development of connected vehicle services to help car makers focus on their customers’ needs and accelerate the delivery of unique, tailor-made driving experiences,” said Peggy Johnson, Executive Vice President, Business Development at Microsoft.

Connected vehicle Cloud as-a-Service will reduce complexity, enable innovation and simplify the application development in the automotive industry. (IANS)

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Total Mobile Data Traffic Expected To Triple In India By 2025

Mobile data traffic to triple in India by 2025, says a report by Ericsson

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Total mobile data traffic is expected to triple in India, reaching 22 exabytes (EB) per month by 2025. Pixabay

Total mobile data traffic is expected to triple in India, reaching 22 exabytes (EB) per month, driven by high growth in the number of smartphone users and an increase in average usage per smartphone, according to an Ericsson report on Monday.

One EB is equivalent to one billion gigabytes (GB).

In India, the average monthly mobile data usage per smartphone has seen an extraordinary increase in recent years, becoming the highest in the world, according to the latest Ericsson Mobility Report.

“Low prices for mobile broadband services, affordable smartphones and people’s changing video viewing habits have continued to drive monthly usage growth in the region,” Nitin Bansal, Ericsson’s Head of Network Solutions for the market area Southeast Asia, Oceania and India, said in a statement.

As the transformation towards more advanced technologies continues in India, LTE (4G) is forecast to represent 80 per cent of mobile subscriptions by the end of 2025.

LTE subscriptions are forecast to increase by 150 million during 2019 and pass GSM/EDGE as the dominant technology, said the report.

“Modernising existing networks, improving network performance and increasing user experience continue to be at the core of every service provider’s day-to-day business, both in India as well as globally,” Bansal said.

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In India, the average monthly mobile data usage per smartphone has seen an extraordinary increase in recent years. Pixabay

Mobile broadband technologies will account for 57 per cent of mobile subscriptions at the end of the year, and the share of smartphone subscriptions is expected to have increased from 48 percent to 54 per cent. By 2025, 500 million additional smartphone users are expected in India, according to the report.

Fifth generation (5G) subscriptions are expected to become available in India from 2022 and will represent 11 per cent of mobile subscriptions by the end of 2025.

Globally, 5G will cover up to 65 per cent of the world’s population by the end of 2025 and handle 45 per cent of global mobile data traffic, said the report.

Leading communications service providers in Asia, Australia, Europe, Middle East, and North America switched on their 5G networks in 2019.

South Korea has already seen a big 5G uptake since its April 2019 launch. More than three million subscriptions were collectively recorded by the country’s service providers by the end of September 2019.

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China’s launch of 5G in late October has also led to an update of the estimated 5G subscriptions for year-end 2019, from 10 million to 13 million.

“It is encouraging to see that 5G now has broad support from almost all device makers. In 2020, 5G-compatible devices will enter the volume market, which will scale up 5G adoption,” said Fredrik Jejdling, Executive Vice President and Head of Networks, Ericsson. (IANS)