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September 9, 2015

Ericsson, Sony, SK Telecom to trial IoT wearables over LTE networks

Field trials will be undertaken in Korea on SK Telecom's network.

By CBR Staff Writer

Ericsson is working with SK Telecom and Sony Mobile to trial the use of IoT wearables over LTE networks.

The trials will include testing new device and network innovations for wearables that have consumer lifestyle and wellness apps.

The devices will have several sensors offering accelerometre, identification, pulse metre and GPS functionality.

Ericsson, Sony Mobile and SK Telecom recently completed lab testing of key LTE device Category 0 and Category M functionalities. Field trials are planned to be carried out later this year in SK Telecom’s network in Korea.

Ericsson senior vice president and head of business unit radio Arun Bansal said: "The test and trials that we have undertaken, leveraging new Sony Mobile devices and the mobile network technology in our radio labs and in SK Telecom’s live commercial network, focus on lifestyle and wellness applications that really benefit from the secure, ubiquitous mobile connectivity that cellular technologies support."

Ericsson recently unveiled new networking software designed to speed up IoT adoption by taking advantage of the large footprint and ecosystem support of LTE and GSM networks.

IDC projects that the number of wearable devices shipped this year will be 72.1 million, compared to 26.4 million units last year.

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SK Telecom senior vice president and head of network R&D centre Park Jin-hyo said: "We are working with Ericsson and Sony Mobileto trial both mobile network technologies and new IoT devices that improve our customer’s lives, at home and work.

"These latest tests and trials reflect our commitment to establish a stronger IoT ecosystem globally."

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