MWC 2014: Mobile operators trial Ericsson Radio Dot System

Small cell Radio Dot System unveiled in 2013 is designed to ensure seamless indoor/outdoor user experience across LTE and 3G networks

MWC 2014: Mobile operators trial Ericsson Radio Dot System

A number of mobile operators have announced they are trialling Ericsson’s small cell Radio Dot System, which is designed to provide better indoor cellular coverage.

Vodafone, one of the world's largest telecommunications companies, has signed on as a lead customer for the Ericsson Radio Dot System. The Ericsson Radio Dot System is designed to extend Vodafone's 3G and LTE mobile broadband network capacity into enterprise buildings to deliver a high-performance mobile broadband experience to Vodafone customers. 

Australia’s Telstra is extending its LTE and 3G partnership with Ericsson to include a trial of the Radio Dot System to test its low latency, high speeds and a greater user experience in buildings and venues.

MTN, which has a presence in 22 countries in Africa and the Middle East, is to trial the Radio Dot System in public venues and enterprise buildings across South Africa, and later across MTN operations.

Switzerland's leading telecom provider Swisscom is also among the first operators worldwide to trial the Ericsson Radio Dot system in enterprise buildings. The Radio Dot System will integrate seamlessly into the operator's 4G/ LTE and 3G radio access macro-networks. Ericsson and Swisscom have signed a Letter of Intent giving Swisscom access to the new Ericsson Radio Dot System in advance of general availability.

Japan’s SoftBank Mobile will trail the Ericsson Radio Dot System in enterprise buildings and public venues. The Radio Dot will be fully integrated with the operator’s outdoor WCDMA and LTE networks, supported on one dot.

The Ericsson Radio Dot System is compact and offers flexible mounting. It introduces a revolutionary antenna element, or 'Dot', which delivers mobile broadband access to users. Dots are connected and powered via standard internet LAN cables (Category 5/6/7) to indoor radio units that link to a base station.

The Ericsson Radio Dot System leverages the same features found in Ericsson's macro base station, including Carrier Aggregation and Combined Cell for WCDMA and LTE. Deployments and upgrades are simple, addressing growing capacity and coverage requirements.

The user experience is consistent wherever they go and the indoor network evolves in lockstep with the outdoor network. Ericsson Radio Dot System also supports integration with Ericsson's carrier Wi-Fi portfolio enabling features such as real-time traffic steering to ensure the best user experience across both Wi-Fi and 3GPP networks.

Because of its convenient size, scalability, macro feature parity and evolution path, the Ericsson Radio Dot System can be deployed in a broad range of enterprise buildings and public venues, including the medium-to-large indoor locations not addressed by current solutions, to support both Enterprise services and consumers.

The Ericsson Radio Dot System introduces a revolutionary ultra-compact antenna element, or "dot," which delivers mobile broadband access to users. It is compact, weighing 300g / 10.5oz, and easy to mount. It connects to standard LAN cabling and delivers mobile broadband access to users.

Leading operators are focusing on indoor capacity as an opportunity to address mobile data demand as they look to grow their current mobile business and expand their opportunities in the enterprise market. 

An in-building environment presents a special set of challenges for mobile operators, concerning complexity, scalability and service continuity. Current indoor solutions are built mainly for voice coverage and do not meet the growing capacity demands of apps.

Ericsson describes the Radio Dot System is a key differentiator in its Mobile Enterprise strategy to empower mobile and converged operators to deliver integrated cloud, connectivity and communications as-a-service to their enterprise customers.

While Radio Dot System is primarily designed to meet the rapidly growing indoor data demands, where ever it is deployed it will improve coverage and capacity for existing voice services. It will also improve the support of upcoming voice communication services, such as High-Definition, or HD voice and Voice over LTE (VoLTE).


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