Ericsson deploys critical broadband solutions

07 February 2019 | Natalie Bannerman

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Ericsson has launched its critical communications broadband portfolio for service providers.

The new suite of products will enable service providers to meet the needs of its customers as the digitisation and modernisation of land mobile radio communication increases.

The new portfolio contains three offerings: critical network capabilities, critical broadband applications and flexible deployments for both local private networks and nationwide mission-critical LTE networks.

“We see growth opportunities for service providers and government operators by addressing new segments with LTE/5G networks,” said Per Narvinger (pictured), head of product area networks, Ericsson. “Our critical broadband portfolio will enable our customers to effectively secure the critical communication needs of sectors such as public safety, energy and utilities, transportation, and manufacturing.”

The critical network capabilities part of the offering delivers advanced features for critical network performance and covers: high network availability; multi-network operation with spectrum sharing techniques as well as coverage and capacity for critical applications. It also includes network security capabilities that ensure network services are up and running even when the infrastructure is under attack.

On the critical broadband applications side of things covers Ericsson Group-Radio that provides mission-critical push-to-talk, data and video services.

“The critical communications industry is developing ways to deliver critical mobile broadband solutions for professional users, augmenting today’s critical voice communications,” added Thomas Lynch, executive director at IHS Markit. “Through its new portfolio, Ericsson is empowering service providers to address this growing segment by leveraging their existing LTE infrastructure and operations in an affordable and scalable manner.”

As for the flexible deployments for private networks segment of the portfolio, these solutions range from network slicing to fully dedicated networks, to enabling service providers to offer scalable, critical broadband network solutions and services for critical industries.

In addition, the company also offers managed services for private networks, with solutions based on AI and automation that predict and prevent events while reducing operational expenditure.

Earlier this month, Ericsson joined the O-RAN Alliance, an organisation set up by operators in 2018. The aims of the alliance, which has 19 operator members and 49 vendors, including Ericsson, are to encourage open standards in radio access networks.