Mobility, broadband and the cloud are the three forces coming together to provide the foundation of the networked society, according to Hans Vestberg, president and CEO of Ericsson.
Speaking at Mobile World Congress in February, Vestberg said that combining IT and telecoms into a new ICT industry would produce higher possibilities for innovation and collaboration, where ideas could be exchanged online without limits on time or geography and new business models could be tested continually.
New Ericsson products and solutions designed to support these three forces include: the Ericsson Device Connection Platform, which helps operators launch M2M solutions; antenna integrated radio – described as the first stepping stone towards a heterogeneous network; IP networking portfolio and a PC as a service solution, which will allow operators to bundle software in the cloud on top of mobile broadband subscriptions for consumers.
Ericsson also demonstrated its complete portfolio of 4th generation IP networking equipment, including: a smart services router to help improve the end-user experience; the evolved packet gateway; a next generation serving GPRS support node-mobility management entity; IP transport network management solution; the MINI-LINK smart packet and packet terminal; the smart packet optical 1400 portfolio; and deep fibre access solutions.
The company also announced an exclusive strategic alliance with Akamai Technologies to bring to market mobile cloud acceleration solutions aimed at improving end-user internet experiences, such as mobile e-commerce, enterprise applications and internet content.
The two companies aim to bring together the power of mobile networks and the cloud.