To improve indoor app coverage for mobile consumer and business customers, leading operators around the world have adopted the Ericsson Radio Dot System, an indoor small cell solution commercially introduced in the last quarter of 2014. Recently, Sichuan Mobile, the largest mobile communications operator in western China, became the 100th mobile operator worldwide to adopt the Ericsson Dot System.
Chen Ke, General Manager of Ziyang branch of Sichuan Mobile, says: "We are committed to delivering a great mobile broadband experience for our customers wherever they are, and with the Ericsson Radio Dot System, we bring that great experience indoors. We like the Radio Dot System because it is fast and easy to deploy, and enables us to address both current and future indoor capacity requirements by just updating the software. And it looks very nice, so our enterprise and public venue customers are proud to have it in their buildings."
The Ericsson Radio Dot System delivers improved app coverage in the office buildings, shopping malls, college campuses and hospitals that Sichuan Mobile serves. Ericsson claims that in Radio Dot System deployments around the world, mobile data throughput has improved by up to five times, dropped calls have been reduced to zero and installation times are as low as four minutes per Dot.
Dots support LTE (both TDD and FDD), WCDMA and dual-mode combinations. In live Radio Dot System deployments, 77% support LTE, with almost 10% of those running dual-mode LTE and WCDMA on the same Dots.
The Radio Dot System is designed to enable mobile operators to deliver consistently high-performance voice and data coverage and capacity in the broadest range of buildings. The system features the Radio Dot, a ceiling-mounted antenna element that provides high-performance app coverage throughout the building and seamless mobility with the outdoor mobile network.
The system is remote software-upgradable, with recent commercial software upgrades, Networks Software 16A, supporting up to 600Mbps peak rates using LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation, while reducing power consumption of the already-energy-efficient system. Ericsson Radio Dot System supports the same software as the operator's outdoor macrocell network, ensuring a seamless user experience and faster time to market for new performance and efficiency-enhancing capabilities.