The largest mobile operator in the US, Verizon has extended its partnership with Ericsson to further the development and deployment of cellular low-power wide-area (LPWA) networking with focus on live network testing of Internet-of-Things(IoT) use case this year. Both companies have been engaged in IoT trials since 2014 to demonstrate the range of IoT use cases - both consumer and industrial applications.
Ericsson recently launched a new software, called Networks Software 17A to address the anticipated massive number IoT devices and the diversity of their connectivity requirements. The software includes key features enabling cellular networks to support Smart Cities, Smart Metering, and Smart Agriculture. By leveraging its existing network infrastructure, Verizon achieves a faster time to market with new IoT applications that benefit from its LTE network's mobility, reliability, security and reach, said Ericsson.