Ericsson has announced the launch of a full set of network services for large-scale commercial IoT networks.
The suite of services for Cat-M1 and NB-IoT networks includes network design and optimization, deployment, operation and management.
Ericsson said it is introducing new IoT software features including VoLTE support for Cat-M1, to allow operators to offer features including voice communications for connected security alarm panels, remote first-aid kits, wearables, digital locks, disposable security garments and other applications and services.
In terms of network design and optimization, Ericsson is introducing scenario assessment, network modelling, design development, and developmental appraisal for massive IoT networks.
For operation and management, the company is introducing automated machine learning to its NOCs to help operators manage delivery cost and take a proactive approach to event and incident management.
The new network service complement Ericsson's new cellular IoT and IoT accelerator offerings.
“Operators need partners that can help them to introduce new technologies smoothly and quickly. This is especially true in the case of LTE-M and NB-IoT [which] will be used, and will be required to perform, in ways that are completely new,” Ovum principal analyst for consumer technology and IoT Jamie Moss said.
“Their rollout, the handling of the traffic they generate and the management of the services they exist to enable require network services that offer a comprehensive portfolio of abilities. Machine learning and artificial intelligence are not just buzzwords, but are vital and exciting tools being employed by Ericsson for use within a network to help operators manage the many new devices they will need to serve in the future.”