Johan Wibergh, executive vice president and head of business unit networks at Ericsson speaking at the Broadband World Forum in Paris

Current networks are not up to the challenge of meeting the pressure of the future networked society and will need to be replaced, Johan Wibergh, executive vice president and head of business unit networks at Ericsson has said.

Wibergh, making his comments at the opening keynote speech at the Broadband World Forum in Paris, said that Ericsson expects up to 50 billion devices to be connected to the internet by 2020 and that it would be necessary to move to a fourth generation network to be able to deliver the services required.

“Today’s networks are not up to it, they won’t scale. We will need to move to fourth generation of IP networks.”

Wibergh said that the 4GIP network, as he described it, will have to seamlessly integrate between HSPA, LTE and wifi and be much simpler in its architecture.  He stated that the emphasis will need to be on lowering the cost per bit in order to enable the network to scale. “We need to bring the internet to five billion people and it won’t happen unless we simplify things,” he said.

He also noted that networks would have to realise the potential of cloud services. “There are enormous possibilities around cloud, but it’s not easy to get working—this is the task we have ahead of us in the coming years.”

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  • Johan Wibergh is leaving out the key element for service providers to feed bandwidth to the masses; and 4G IP networks aren’t enough on their own. They require innovative Diameter protocol signaling solutions for unlimited scalability, failover management, and seamless connectivity to legacy elements and protocols. Diameter was chosen by 3GPP and ETSI for it’s flexibility for networks in which signaling is constantly on and will cause havoc if not intelligently routed according to business and policy decisions.

    Reply to Susan Becker on “Today’s networks are not up to it” says Ericsson’s Wibergh
  • with this news, can I think that E/// will be mainly development the transport networks 4GIP? Apart from the others product lines for instance: Movil access equipment BTS and BSC/RNC, leaving HUAWEI and ZTE the way free???

    Reply to Marcel on “Today’s networks are not up to it” says Ericsson’s Wibergh
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