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2015-09-01

Ericsson: Ericsson innovations expedite adoption of "Internet of Things"

* Enhancements to global cellular networks support mass-market adoption of
Internet of Things (IoT)
* New software supports low-cost devices, extends battery life, improves deep
indoor and rural coverage and offers service prioritization
* Live demonstrations with leading ecosystem partners to be featured at CTIA
Super Mobility 2015 in Las Vegas from September 9 to 11

A globe-spanning network for the Internet of Things (IoT) has been built over
the past 20 years that provides the coverage, security and reliability needed
to connect us and bring intelligence to the things that surround us. Cellular
networks already cover 90 percent of the world's population, but even with
the networks in place, a number of roadblocks to supporting mass-market
adoption of IoT have remained. That's why Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) is
addressing these challenges with a targeted new suite of software upgrades
and ecosystem advances that will accelerate the uptake of IoT for the benefit
of both industry and consumers.

Alain Maloberti, Senior Vice President Orange Labs Networks, Orange, says:
"The Internet of Things has so much potential. We are committed to working
with key IoT companies to support innovations that enhance the day-to-day
lives of our consumer and business customers. We are really pleased to see
Ericsson working with leading ecosystem players to address the cost, coverage
and battery life issues that have hindered broader mass uptake of IoT
applications. We see that the best is yet to come."

Park Jin-hyo, Senior Vice President and Head of Network R&D Center, SK
Telecom, says: "Our ambition is to set the pace for mobile networks, so we
are already proactively building toward 5G technology, which will include an
evolution of today's LTE and innovations driven by new IoT use cases.
Connectivity underlies everything we do and Ericsson's latest innovations
enhance both networks and devices so that we can develop new IoT
opportunities in Korea. This is sure to accelerate uptake of IoT and allow us
to quickly reach our customers with useful IoT services."

There are already more than 230 million cellular machine-to-machine (M2M)
subscriptions for IoT devices, but certain challenges have limited the
potential for large-scale adoption across a variety of use cases, namely: the
cost of IoT devices, device battery life, and cellular coverage in both
remote areas and deep inside buildings.

Matt Hatton, Founder&CEO, Machina Research, says: "For IoT to truly erupt,
standardization is vital and interoperability is key. By working with big
names like Intel and other IoT ecosystem players like Altair, Sequans and
Telit, Ericsson is ensuring that opportunities for efficiencies are not
missed and that the device and network ecosystem develop in synch."

Working with its ecosystem partners, advances in Ericsson's new IoT Networks
Software 16B delivers:

Reduced IoT device cost-
The new software supports LTE Category 0 with half-duplex operation in FDD,
which effectively limits functionality and capability to those specifically
required for IoT applications, such as large-scale sensor and smart meter
deployments. This reduced complexity cuts device cost by 60 percent compared
to Category 4.

Extended battery life -
10-year battery life is one of the goals for 5G and Ericsson is introducing
two new software upgrades for energy efficiency that achieve that goal on
today's IoT devices.
Device Power-saving Mode for LTE&GSM is a new device power-saving capability
that introduces a deep sleep state, while Extended Discontinuous Reception
(DRX) for GSM extends the sleep cycles in inactive mode.

Improved indoor coverage -
Extended coverage software for GSM delivers a 20 dB improvement leading to a
seven-fold extension in the range of low-rate applications. This enables the
usage of IoT applications in remote locations and deep within buildings
underground.

Ken Stewart, Chief Wireless Technologist and Fellow, Intel Corporation, says:
"Connectivity is critical to mass adoption of new IoT applications for smart
cities and industries. Intel is helping clear the path for IoT's rapid growth
through its research and development of cutting-edge new technologies, and by
working closely with ecosystem partners. We are pleased to collaborate with
Ericsson to jointly drive standards adoption of solutions that can be used
immediately on existing operator networks."

An additional capability included in this software release is the enablement
of service prioritization to optimize network resources while addressing the
diversity of IoT use cases.
As more IoT devices connect to the network, it is important that they and the
services they provide can be prioritized, especially during times of heavy
traffic.

IoT QoS Admission Control for GSM enables the prioritization of devices trying
to access the network, such as giving medical equipment priority over a
utility meter, and it can even disconnect low-priority devices temporarily to
mitigate any capacity limitations. This functionality is already supported in
LTE.

Arun Bansal, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Unit Radio, Ericsson,
says: "We are accelerating IoT growth on existing LTE and GSM networks to
ensure a global foundation for a vast range of new consumer, industry and
government applications, from Smart Cities to connected farms.

"With our leading national and multi-national operator customers, like SK
Telecom and Orange, and ecosystem partners like Intel, we are co-creating
end-to-end IoT network and device solutions that harness the power of
reliable, globally scalable, standards-based systems and services. These
innovations put our mobile operator customers solidly on the road to 5G."

Gartner predicts that IoT will provide a USD1.9 trillion increase in value
across sectors in 2020. Ericsson plays a role in all levels of IoT
transformation, from rollout to enterprise and business processes, platforms
and cloud and radio connectivity.

A vibrant ecosystem that spans devices, services and the network is the key to
success for IoT mass market adoption. Ericsson, together with leading
ecosystem players, is driving key functionality for standardization and
helping to bring IoT devices to the market faster by interoperability testing
(IoDT). Ericsson and key device ecosystem partners will showcase IoT
solutions enabled by Ericsson's new software upgrades at Ericsson Booth #4322
at CTIA Super Mobility 2015 in Las Vegas, from September 9 to11. The
demonstrations include:

* Extended Coverage for GSM, in partnership with Intel
* Extended battery life with Power Saving Mode on a commercial LTE
chipset/module, in partnership with Altair and Telit
* LTE Category 0 prototype with Half Duplex support for low cost device, in
partnership with Sequans

Ericsson Network Software 16B leverages existing LTE and 3G networks while
addressing IoT-specific requirements.
NOTES TO EDITORS

Launch: Accelerating IoT

SKT, Ericsson team up for small IoT strengthen collaboration to develop 5G and
IoT technologies

Ericsson, Telefónica Germany and RWTH Aachen University demonstrate LTE
optimization for smart meters

Verizon Wireless, Ericsson and Sequans Complete LTE Category 1 Device and
Network Trial

MoU signed between KT and Ericsson for IoT collaboration

Ericsson provides SaskTel with M2M connectivity management platform, entering
the space of IoT

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atwww.ericsson.com/press

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