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Ericsson's first network-wide software launch focuses network performance

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Ericsson has announced what it says is the industry's first coordinated network wide software launch, Networks Software 14B, with over 200 new and enhanced features.

Performance-enhancing highlights include LTE Carrier Aggregation for three carriers, to reach peak data speeds of 450 Mbps; LTE Uplink Coordinated Multi Point (UL CoMP); and Ericsson-unique features for WCDMA, such as Ericsson's Dynamic Power Sharing feature which gives all devices up to 50 percent faster data speed.

Johan Wibergh, Executive Vice President and head of Networks, Ericsson, says: "We promise and deliver proven network quality and industrialized upgradability for any size network. Traffic is growing, but also changing and in order to keep pace network evolution must be driven by software. Nowadays, a network is only as good as the software release it is running and by staying on the latest release operators will benefit from enhanced performance and growth."

One new feature addressing operator growth is the Virtual Home Gateway. It offers personalized service chaining for devices and users while simplifying operator network management.

The enterprise segment is addressed with the external release of IMS software functionality for VisualCom, enabling HD video conferencing that is as easy and reliable as a phone call.

Upgrading to the latest software release means getting all the benefits from previous releases combined with new functionality to further enhance capability in the network.

Ericsson claimed that measurements from live commercial networks show that operators the run the latest release of network software have on average 30 percent better downlink speeds and a staggering 50 percent improvement in uplink speeds compared to operators running on older software.

Release 14B also adds features to further guarantee network robustness. Critical nodes get enhanced redundancy, for example Inter-chassis redundancy in the SSR and Geo-redundancy in the Blade System.

Networks Software 14B will be available for network roll-out later this year, when all features and functionality have been tested and confirmed in live networks.

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