Posted by: APO | 1 November 2011

Impact of the Networked society shown at AfricaCom


Impact of the Networked society shown at AfricaCom

CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa, November 1, 2011/African Press Organization (APO)/ — In the Networked Society people, business and society are using connected devices to their benefit.

  • Ericsson demonstrates benefits for Africa in four main areas: Broadband For All, The Cloud, Rural Connectivity, and Connected Devices
  • Speakers include head of Ericsson Sub-Saharan Africa and experts on cloud technology and network transformation

At AfricaCom between November 9 and 10 2011, Ericsson (http://www.ericsson.com) will present the latest in technology solutions that are redefining the way Africa embraces economic growth and wealth potential. At the same time, Ericsson will demonstrate its strength in providing a sustainable solution for development.

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Lars Lindén, head of Ericsson Sub-Saharan Africa, will present the role of mobile broadband in Networking Africa on the first day of the main conference at 12.20 pm. In addition, Ericsson will focus on four areas at its demonstration booth. Those are:

Broadband For All

More people in sub-Saharan Africa today connect to Internet using a mobile device than those using a fixed connection; this implies that future access to broadband Internet in the region will be driven by wireless broadband services.

Ericsson will demonstrate the latest 4G LTE and various products and services which enable mobile operators to deploy a network and related service solutions to ensure a profitable data business. Earlier this year Ericsson launched a pilot LTE network in South Africa for a leading mobile operator in the country.

The Cloud

The Cloud means a multitude of things to telecom operators, a way to buy services from the Cloud rather than building them in-house; through a business opportunity for offering cloud services to enterprises via alliances and/or bundles to a business opportunity for building their own clouds, even federated ones and potentially including their own application offerings.

Ericsson’s Cloud Services demonstration will explore the relevance of cloud based solutions and demonstrate how operators can address the opportunity to provide mobile broadband enabled computing to the next billion users through solutions such as PC as a Service, Education Suite and e Health.

In addition, Ericsson’s cloud expert Konstantinos Tzingakis will offer a master class as part of the main conference at 11 am on the first day of AfricaCom.

Rural Connectivity

Unique opportunities exist in Africa for mobile applications that do not exist in more developed markets, for example banking and basic information services. Innovative ways to cut the cost of building and operating networks is making it increasingly viable for operators to implement mobile networks in rural areas. Some of these solutions include Ericsson’s Managed Rural Coverage, a new offering that bundles a managed service with a cost-efficient GSM mini-site solution. This will be showcased in Ericsson’s rural connectivity demonstration.

Connected Devices relevant to Africa

According to published research, there are already more than 72 million Machine to Machine (M2M) connections globally a number which is expected to increase almost fourfold by 2016, to 282 million. This is equivalent to 1.4% of all mobile subscriptions in 2010, increasing to 3.6% in 2016. In other words, almost 9% of new mobile connections between 2010 and 2016 will be M2M subscriptions (Pyramid Research, The machine-to-machine market: a high-growth opportunity for MNOs (Oct, 2011).

Ericsson’s connected devices demonstration will showcase how mobile communication will efficiently support M2M and person-to-machine communication and tools for operators to manage M2M communication.

The Ericsson exhibition is located at Stand D8 in the Main Hall of the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

Distributed by the African Press Organization on behalf of Ericsson.

Notes to editors:

Our multimedia content is available at the broadcast room: http://www.ericsson.com/broadcast_room

Ericsson (http://www.ericsson.com) is the world’s leading provider of technology and services to telecom operators. Ericsson is the leader in 2G, 3G and 4G mobile technologies, and provides support for networks with over 2 billion subscribers and has the leading position in managed services. The company’s portfolio comprises mobile and fixed network infrastructure, telecom services, software, broadband and multimedia solutions for operators, enterprises and the media industry. The Sony Ericsson and ST-Ericsson joint ventures provide consumers with feature-rich personal mobile devices.

Ericsson is advancing its vision of being the “prime driver in an all-communicating world” through innovation, technology, and sustainable business solutions. Working in 180 countries, more than 90,000 employees generated revenue of SEK 203.3 billion (USD 28.2 billion) in 2010. Founded in 1876 with the headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ OMX, Stockholm and NASDAQ New York.

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