STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN--(Marketwire - Oct 16, 2012) - Stadium-optimized Wi-Fi access point
addresses user density and interference challenges to deliver
coverage for mobile video and data apps
New cellular standard interface Wi-Fi controller simplifies
Wi-Fi integration with mobile networks via a highly
First product launch since acquisition of BelAir Networks enhances
Ericsson's heterogeneous network offering
Attending a sports match, concert or other event in a full stadium is a
great experience that many people instantly want to share with friends and
family, by - for example - uploading videos
and photos to social networking sites. But
interacting via Facebook, Twitter or SMS during such events can sometimes
be tricky - due to the sudden increase in network traffic.
To overcome this issue and offer the most seamless experience for mobile
device users at the stadium, Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has launched a
stadium-optimized Wi-Fi solution. This solution consists of
two products: the AP 5114 stadium-optimized Wi-Fi access point and the WIC
8000 Wi-Fi controller. Together, they
create a Wi-Fi network that is integrated with
the mobile network - in keeping
with Ericsson's unique approach to heterogeneous networks.
In its Traffic and Market Data report, Ericsson
forecasts that mobile data traffic will increase
10-fold between 2011 and 2016, mainly driven by video.
This predicted growth, combined with the
popularity and ubiquity of Wi-Fi on mobile devices,
has created a trend toward operators deploying
their own Wi-Fi networks. Given that social networking
and video apps are used particularly
heavily during major events, mobile traffic in stadiums is especially high.
The result is that, from the operators'
perspective, stadiums are like very dense
metropolitan "villages" that require a wide range
of wireless solutions - such as small cells, distributed
antenna systems (DAS) and Wi-Fi as a complement to
the existing macro network - to address all of the
coverage and capacity requirements.
Dave Park, Head of Wi-Fi Product Line, Ericsson, says: "This Wi-Fi solution
- which represents our first Wi-Fi product launch since our acquisition of
BelAir Networks in April
this year - enables stadium owners and managers to provide
fans with the same options that they have when watching
events at home, including instant replays and multi-view content feeds. Our
solution meets all
of the requirements that operators have
for comprehensive, coordinated and
integrated wireless coverage in stadiums."
Delivering additional radio network capacity and
coverage through the deployment of small cells as
part of a heterogeneous network is central to most mobile
operators' mobile broadband strategies, and Wi-Fi
is a key element. With Wi-Fi fully integrated
into mobile access and core networks, users will enjoy seamless
access to high-performance mobile broadband, whether they are connected
over 3GPP or Wi-Fi, and operators will be able
to choose connectivity to optimize the user experience.
NOTES TO EDITORS
In April this year, Ericsson acquired Canadian
carrier-grade Wi-Fi vendor BelAir Networks and has integrated BelAir's
industry-leading product portfolio into its
heterogeneous network solutions:
Ericsson predicts Mobile Data Traffic to grow 10-fold by 2016
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