Russian mobile operator Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has deployed Ericsson’s Radio Dot small cell system inside a 50,000 sq m shopping mall in Astrakhan. The Radio Dots with carrier aggregation functionality are now running live on MTS’ 3G network providing average data speeds of 14 Mbps.
The Ericsson Radio Dot system comprises an antenna element, or Dot, weighing less than 300g, which distributes the mobile broadband signal around the building. The signal comes either from a macro cell or from a baseband unit installed in the building. It does, however, require dedicated cabling to each of the Dots.
Andrei Ushatskiy, Vice President and Chief Technology and Information Officer, MTS, said: "MTS is continually enhancing and upgrading its networks to deliver the fastest and most consistent mobile services. We are focused on improving customer experience by adopting the latest world-class technologies and pushing the boundaries of innovation.
“Knowing the importance of delivering not only good in-building coverage but also having good data throughput for our customers, we used this project to fully understand all the benefits of this solution for improving our network performance."