Ericsson, RED Technologies and Qualcomm Inc. conduct the first Licensed Shared Access (LSA) pilot in France

Enabling 5G through licensed shared spectrum

PARIS, FRANCE: The most technically extensive pilot worldwide of the recently devised spectrum sharing solution Licensed Shared Access (LSA) was launched in Paris today by French Digital Affairs Minister, Axelle Lemaire, at the office of the award-winning French start-up, RED Technologies. Under the pilot, spectrum allocated to the French Ministry of Defence in the 2.3-2.4 GHz band will be shared using Ericsson’s radio access network. Pioneering technology from RED Technologies, Ericsson and Qualcomm Inc. underpin this pilot.

The success of the French LSA pilot should lead to the release of high volumes of licensed spectrum in France within the next 24 months, further enabling market growth, competition and innovation. On a wider scale, the application of LSA to the 2.3-2.4 GHz band across Europe will release enough spectrum to enable innovative 5G services for all EU citizens.

The combination of Ericsson’s latest Carrier Aggregation technology with RED Technologies’ leading spectrum assessment and management technologies is unique to this pilot. These solutions, combined within a unique state-of-the art LSA user framework enabled by Qualcomm Technologies and applicable to 5G, are a powerful world first.

The roles of the project participants are as follows:

?         Ericsson: Radio Access solution including new Carrier Aggregation technology and Radio Dot System, enabling innovative small cell deployments for high performance indoor voice and data coverage and capacity.

?         RED Technologies: provided a dynamic spectrum management platform based on live radio environment maps and self-organising networking engines.

?         Qualcomm Technologies provided 4G devices powered by a Qualcomm ®SnapdragonTM processor

 

The French regulatory authority ARCEP and the Ministry of Defence authorised the use of the 2.3-2.4 Ghz band for the pilot.

“This initiative touches the core of the French telecoms industry and has the potential to considerably enhance the consumer mobile experience in France as well as generate significant economic return. The participants involved are demonstrating commendable foresight and inventive strength,” French Minister for Digital Affairs, Axelle Lemaire.

“Spectrum availability is a core condition for flourishing technology adoption and innovation. This LSA pilot is therefore a vital step towards the realisation of Europe’s Digital Single Market,” said Wassim Chourbaji, Vice-President of Government Affairs at Qualcomm Communications s.a.r.l.

“This collaboration will maintain French leadership in LSA. RED Technologies is proud to enable this and sees the pilot as an opportunity to keep on innovating in dynamic spectrum management,” Michael Abitbol, Managing Director of RED Technologies.

“Sufficient availability of licensed spectrum will be a key asset to allow the deployment of 5G services, with the expected capacity and QoS requirements. LSA is an agile technology approach to boost capacity. The combination of licensed and unlicensed bands is a key 5G technology development area” said Thomas Noren, Vice President, Head of Radio Product Management, Ericsson.

 

About Ericsson

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) 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, business and society to fulfill 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 approximately 115,000 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 2014 were SEK 228.0 billion (USD 33.1 billion). Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ OMX stock exchange in Stockholm and the NASDAQ in New York.

 

About RED Technologies

RED Technologies is a leading developer of innovative new spectrum management and advanced self-organizing network solutions needed for the implementation of the Licensed Shared Access (LSA) approach to spectrum sharing in Europe, the Spectrum Access System (SAS) in the United States and zero touch Radio Access Network (RAN) installations.

RED Technologies’ end to end dynamic spectrum sharing solutions have the potential to radically and rapidly secure further wireless market growth worldwide, supporting positive change at many levels of our economy and society.

The company supported by BPI France and Cap Décisif Management was founded in 2012 in synergy with the development of LSA. French Minister for Digital, Axelle Lemaire, presented RED Technologies with the prestigious La French Tech, Best Telecom Innovation Award 2015 at Mobile World Congress.

 

About Qualcomm

Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) is a world leader in 3G, 4G and next-generation wireless technologies. Qualcomm Incorporated includes Qualcomm’s licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of its patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, substantially all of Qualcomm’s engineering, research and development functions, and substantially all of its products and services businesses, including its semiconductor business, QCT. For more than 30 years, Qualcomm ideas and inventions have driven the evolution of digital communications, linking people everywhere more closely to information, entertainment and each other. For more information, visit Qualcomm’s website, OnQ blog, Twitter and Facebook pages.

 

About Licenced Shared Access

Recent industry and government collaboration on the issue of spectrum shortage has resulted in the development of the Licensed Shared Access (LSA) approach to sharing licensed spectrum securely. Some large incumbent holders of licensed spectrum (e.g. military, satellite, some commercial users) do not use all of their frequencies, all of the time, everywhere. The LSA model enables these incumbents to sub-let their unused spectrum – without interfering with incumbent usage – to mobile operators through multi-lateral agreements overseen by regulators. Incumbents can share their spectrum in time, frequency and/or geography.