President of Ericsson in the region commented on the company’s recent report on mobile communications

Jun

19

2017

Ericsson recently launched its mobile communications report globally.
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Ericsson recently launched its Mobile Communications Report globally. On this occasion we had this press interview with Rafea Ibrahim, President of Ericsson Middle East & Africa:

Mobile data traffic is expected to grow by 8 times by the end of 2022. How can we see this, especially with regard to the expected growth of the mobile equipment market and the sales of Ericsson mobile devices?

The development of the mobile handset market is not the only function for the growth of data traffic. Other factors, such as coverage, network efficiency, speed and quality requirements for new devices and applications, also play an important role.

Why have you adjusted your VoLTE forecast to 4.6 billion in 2022, compared with 3.3 billion for the year 2022 that you mentioned in the previous Mobile Telecommunications Report of November 2016?

Based on recent standards in operator networks, strong growth that exceeded previous expectations led to significant adjustments in terms of expectations due to increased data consumption in North America and Northeast Asia, in conjunction with the launch of VoLTE technology in China and India, which led to this phenomenal growth.

Why is data consumption soaring in the US, Canada, Japan and South Korea?

These markets are a leader in LTE, and they have designed large-scale LTE networks for customers as well as the availability of large-scale LTE-enabled smartphones. The operators in these markets are characterized by their development, progress and interest in deploying the latest technology available to the network to enable cost effective network operations and enable high-quality user services to maintain their competitiveness.

Was Wi-Fi voice not possible during the previous years? What’s new with Wi-Fi connection?

Ericsson’s Wi-Fi infrastructure solutions, which will be supported for commercial use, are called “Wi-Fi connectivity from Ericsson”. As well as many other names available in the market such as “voice over Wi-Fi” and the like, but many operators now use the label Wi-Fi connection service.

It is necessary to identify the difference between native and non-native audio over Wi-Fi services:

There are many online voice applications in the market that can be downloaded for making calls via Wi-Fi (CallScape). But these applications are not part of the original Wi-Fi connection, but are considered a high-quality audio service. This type of service does not guarantee high quality customer experience, and users can connect with other users who have the same application installed on their phones.

In addition to the availability of semi-original services, proven by operators in advance through the applications of voice over the Internet on smart phones, provided by many operators to their customers for several years ago on Android phones. However, these services are not supported by 3GPP’s 3GPP 3GPP gateway and do not support voice transmission from LTE to Wi-Fi.

And then there is the original Wi-Fi connection, launched by Apple for phones operating versions 5 and 6 of the system of IOS, and then the main mobile phone companies to add the same functionality by 2016, including Samsung, Microsoft, and HTC Sony, LG and others. Some models of smart phones are equipped with native Wi-Fi connections. This service is based on 3GPP’s advanced 3GPP data package gateway and also supports seamless voice transmission between LTE and Wi-Fi.

Using the original Wi-Fi connection, customers can make phone calls the same way they use their smartphones using the phone number on the operator’s SIM card. They can make calls from the phone’s dial-up software, as customers no longer waste time and trouble installing any special application On the phone, where a Wi-Fi connection is a normal phone call like other calls.

What is a multi-device Wi-Fi connection?

The Wi-Fi connection for multi-function devices allows users to make phone calls using their mobile phone numbers not only via the SIM-enabled smartphone, but also via other personal devices that can be connected to the Wi-Fi network. Tablet PCs and PCs. Apple has launched this function and has supported the service on iPhone, Mac, iPod, iWatch and iPad devices.

Other device manufacturers support similar types of multi-device services. Services depend on operator requirements and are often designed in coordination with handset manufacturers. Therefore, the use cases and supported devices vary by market and operators, and the network capabilities must be fully tested and verified against the brands of the devices enabling the commercial launch service.

For example, a user’s personal devices can be connected to more than one Wi-Fi network around the world. A smartphone can be connected to a cellular network or Wi-Fi network. The user can receive calls on any device, and calls can be transferred between devices Different.
Several multi-device launch trials have been conducted globally, as this service is still in the exploration phase.

The timing of these services will vary depending on the brands of the different devices depending on what these companies decide to develop at the request of the market and operators.

How many devices are currently connected?

The number of devices currently connected is about 16 billion connected devices, including (by sector size) mobile phones, non-cellular Internet devices, desktops, laptops and tablets, fixed phones and cellular Internet devices.

The number of devices connected to the internet in the short and long term is 5.6 billion, and the number is expected to rise to about 18 billion in 2022.

When do you expect the number of connected devices to reach 50 billion?

Our current projections do not exceed 2022. However, the fifth-generation technology has been created based on the creation of many new usage cases of which Internet objects are an important part. With the launch of commercial operations for the fifth generation technology from 2020, demand for the use of connected devices is likely to increase.

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