08 May, 2014

Ericsson demonstrates transformation to smart cities at LTE MENA 2014

Ericsson demonstrates transformation to smart cities at LTE MENA 2014

8th May 2014

During LTE MENA 2014 Ericsson will show what the Networked Society could look like using demos of LTE advanced, Machine to Machine, the cloud and other leading technologies that will fuel the transformation to smart cities

How will people’s lives in the smart city look like?  What technologies will power the transformation to the Networked Society in the region? As a leading provider of LTE technology, Ericsson will participate in the upcoming LTE MENA 2014 event, to be held from May 11-13 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

At Ericsson’s booth in LTE MENA 2014, the routes to Future Smart Cities are expected to be key discussion topics for the experts in attendance, as the company will demonstrate to visitors the interesting journey towards smart city life, through functions powered by connectivity – such as M2M (Machine to Machine) demo focusing on industry transformation, expected to be the highest growth area in the wireless arena in the next decade.

In a smart city, networks will need to be able to handle a massive amount of connected devices and much more data traffic than today. All this needs to be done in a low cost and sustainable way. In order to cope with such challenges in the smart city, Ericsson is working to support mobile operators with clear strategies to complement the evolution of existing technologies with the latest LTE innovative products and solutions that will enable even more efficient, scalable and versatile networks.

“We are glad to participate again in LTE MENA in its fourth consecutive year, to showcase our combined technology and services leadership. This year, we are guiding the visitors into the smart city life by showing how the Networked Society comes to life, what it will mean for the industry and how it will enable our customers to capture growth opportunities,” said Anders Lindblad, President of Ericsson Region Middle East.

According to the latest Ericsson Mobility Report, the LTE Market is growing hugely and will reach 9.3 billion mobile subscriptions in 2019, with 65% of the world’s population enjoying LTE coverage by the same year. More than 60% of these subscriptions – 5.6 billion – will be for smartphones driven by the uptake of smartphones in region Middle East and Africa as people will likely exchange their basic phones for smartphones which will consist of 50% of total handsets in the region.

Ericsson has 191,000 LTE RBS in Commercial Operation globally; 150 Commercial LTE RAN Contracts globally in 65 countries, and already more than 10 LTE contracts in the GCC region only.


Ericsson is the driving force behind the Networked Society – a world leader in communications technology and services. Our long-term relationships with every major telecom operator in the world allow people, businesses and societies to fulfil their potential and create a more sustainable future.

Our services, software and infrastructure – especially in mobility, broadband and the cloud – are enabling the telecom industry and other sectors to do better business, increase efficiency, improve the user experience and capture new opportunities.

With more than 110,000 professionals and customers in 180 countries, we combine global scale with technology and services leadership. We support networks that connect more than 2.5 billion subscribers. Forty percent of the world’s mobile traffic is carried over Ericsson networks. And our investments in research and development ensure that our solutions – and our customers – stay in front.   

Founded in 1876, Ericsson has its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Net sales in 2013 were SEK 227.8 billion (USD 34.9 billion). Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ OMX stock exchange in Stockholm and the NASDAQ in New York.

Ericsson External Communications, Region Middle East

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