Never lose a signal again: Philips Lighting and Ericsson launch new connected street light for Europe with built-in 4G/LTE broadband connectivity

 

With Philips lightpole site, cities will benefit from energy efficient LED lighting and high speed LTE/4G broadband connectivity without cluttering the cityscape

February 23, 2017

Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, Spain – Philips Lighting (Euronext Amsterdam ticker: LIGHT), a global leader in lighting, and Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) jointly introduced today a new smart pole, Philips lightpole site slim, targeted initially at European cities. Philips lightpole site combines Philips’ energy efficient LED lighting with Ericsson’s leading small cell technology for high-speed broadband connectivity.

 

The Philips lightpole site resembles the familiar street lightpole shape used across Europe, making it an unobtrusive addition to the cityscape, which increases LTE1/ 4G network coverage. The compact size was made possible by co-developed integrated antennas in the lightpoles and Ericsson’s small cell outdoor radios.

 

With cellular data traffic expected to grow 9 times by 20202, mobile network operators are struggling to acquire new cell sites in public areas to provide the best possible mobile broadband coverage and capacity for their customers. By renting space in the smart poles, they are able to densify their networks so that citizens can enjoy both safely lit streets and better smartphone data capacity.

 

Nishant Batra, Head of Network Infrastructure Products at Ericsson says: “Philips lightpole site, with fully integrated Ericsson small cells, enables mobile operators to deploy dozens or hundreds of cell sites quickly and easily, making it possible to upgrade large areas with minimal disruption while delivering superior outdoor connectivity and app coverage to their subscribers.”

 

The Philips lightpole site integrates into any streetscape with minimal visual impact and is available in various heights, colors and styles. Different types of luminaires can be placed at different positions and heights on the pole in order to maintain a consistent illumination pattern on the streets. This also means it can be added to complement existing lightpoles without having to renew the whole area. The lighting can also be controlled remotely using the cloud-based Philips CityTouch street lighting management system, which helps drive further energy efficiencies. 

 

“The digital transformation of public spaces is accelerating rapidly – from historic town centers to neighborhoods to large urban areas. Today’s civic leaders want to meet the needs of the people they serve by creating connected, protected environments that are smart and efficient today, and that take advantage of all emerging technologies in the future,” said Christoph Herzig, Head of Venture at Philips Lighting. “Street lighting has the potential to become a ubiquitous, high-performing wireless network that is essential for any city’s digital transformation. Think of it as digital real estate that can be rented out.”

 

In addition to broadband network services, the light poles can accommodate other equipment for a wide range of Internet of Things (IoT) applications. This allows cities and network providers to provide smart, advanced capabilities that go beyond illumination, including sensors. 

 

The first two showcases of Philips lightpole site slim are installed nearby Fira Barcelona in cooperation with the municipality of L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, hosting mobile services from Orange and Telefonica. In 2016, the US cities of Los Angeles and San Jose  deployed smart poles from Philips Lighting and Ericsson to deliver new services and value to residents, businesses and visitors. 

 

Philips lightpole site slim is showcased during Mobile World Congress 27 February – 2 March in Barcelona, Spain; please visit Philips Lighting booth 8.0E09, hall 8.0. To attend our speaker session “Empowering Cities Through Connected Light”, please sign up here

 

1 LTE, Long Term Evolution network

2 According to the Ericsson Mobility Report 2016

For further information, please contact:

Philips Lighting, Global 

Eeva Raaijmakers

Tel: +31612350597

E-mail: eeva.raaijmakers@philips.com 

 

Ericsson

Media Relations

Tel: +46107196992

E-mail: media.relations@ericsson.com

About Philips Lighting

Philips Lighting (Euronext Amsterdam ticker: LIGHT), a global leader in lighting products, systems and services, delivers innovations that unlock business value, providing rich user experiences that help improve lives. Serving professional and consumer markets, we lead the industry in leveraging the Internet of Things to transform homes, buildings and urban spaces. With 2016 sales of EUR 7.1 billion, we have approximately 34,000 employees in over 70 countries. News from Philips Lighting is located at http://www.newsroom.lighting.philips.com 

About Ericsson

Ericsson is a world leader in communications technology and services with headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden. Our organization consists of more than 111,000 experts who provide customers in 180 countries with innovative solutions and services. Together we are building a more connected future where anyone and any industry is empowered to reach their full potential. Net sales in 2016 were SEK 222.6 billion (USD 24.5 billion). The Ericsson stock is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm and on NASDAQ in New York. Read more on www.ericsson.com