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Verizon and Ericsson LTE and Path to 5G Technology at 2017 MWCA

By Ken Briodagh September 14, 2017

Mobile World Congress of the Americas has been going on all week, and visitors to Verizon’s booth have seen first-hand the new CBRS spectrum at work, and new concepts and use cases including 5G enhanced intelligent video surveillance and drone powered by edge compute.

Experts from both Ericsson and Verizon are on hand to personally walk visitors through the demonstrations.

The joint Verizon and Ericsson demonstrations include:

LTE on CBRS: Verizon, Ericsson, Qualcomm and Federated Wireless demonstrate the first use of CBRS band 48 spectrum for LTE with carrier aggregation using a true band 48 radio in the Ericsson Radio Dot System, Qualcomm MTP, Federated Wireless Spectrum Access System (SAS) and domain proxy in the Ericsson Network Manager. This group was the first to use this newly authorized spectrum an innovative spectrum sharing scheme, and will allow cellular systems to tap into 150 MHz of new spectrum in buildings and small cell clusters.

5G enhanced intelligent video surveillance: 4G LTE is used to connect surveillance cameras across cities in the US. With 5G, there will be significantly more capacity to stream the captured video back to the network and support large numbers of cameras, enabling new levels of intelligence.

Drone powered by edge compute: The Verizon and Ericsson Distributed Edge Cloud amplifies the power of simple drones to match or exceed the capabilities of complex drones, which are much more expensive. This proof of concept demonstration shows that as intelligence and processing are moved to the 5G core and the very edge of the network, existing device constraints will be lifted, enabling advanced applications with low cost devices. 

“Verizon has led the charge in deploying the latest technologies and harnessing unlicensed spectrum with our pioneering work on LTE-U/LAA and 3.5 GHz—putting us in a great position to continue providing the best network experience and to further extend our lead through 4G LTE Advanced features,” said Nicola Palmer, chief network officer, Verizon Wireless.


Ken Briodagh is a writer and editor with more than a decade of experience under his belt. He is in love with technology and if he had his druthers would beta test everything from shoe phones to flying cars.

Edited by Ken Briodagh

Editorial Director

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