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Ericsson Expands Small Cell Solutions PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 September 2017 10:50


Ericsson launched three new scalable small cell solutions designed to help expand the small cell market and meet the growing demand for better mobile coverage and capacity while preparing networks for 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT) applications: the Multi-Operator Dot and the Multi-Dot Enclosure for indoor deployments; and the Strand-Mount Unit for outdoor micro radios.

The Multi-Operator Dot solution delivers a set of Radio Dots that can be shared between multiple operators, with one operator managing the system while others provide radio frequency signals – similar to an active distributed antenna system (DAS). This new architecture allows up to four operators to broadcast over a single Dot solution; combining the multi-operator benefits of an active DAS solution with the performance, agility and cost-effective design of the Radio Dot System. As more and more devices are connected both indoors and outdoors, operators are changing the way they think about (and use) small cell technology. Increased small cell deployments will create an evolution for operators working in densely populated areas.

Many businesses are adopting a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) office policy, where everyone wants excellent indoor connectivity, no matter the platform or operator.

However, research shows people are increasingly displeased with the quality of their coverage indoors.1 Small cells have the power to drastically improve customer satisfaction while delivering cost-effective multi-operator solutions.

As both industrial and consumer IoT grows, devices and machinery need constant, high speed connectivity, both indoors and outside. Small cells provide a cost-effective solution to deliver the connectivity needed for IoT applications.

Operators must also prepare to deliver 5G. Small cells will allow existing networks to be densified quickly and easily, while delivering both licensed and unlicensed frequency bands.

As its name suggests, the Multi-Dot Enclosure combines multiple Dots in a single enclosure. The enclosure has a minimal impact on building aesthetics, is useful for multi-operator deployments, and presents a cost-savings option in buildings that charge per box deployed.

The Ericsson Radio Dot system is designed to address both consumer and business user’s performance expectations indoors and to remove broadband capacity bottlenecks in large buildings. The Radio Dot features an innovative antenna element that, together with a distributed architecture with centralized baseband, enables the provision of high-level mobile broadband coverage for different kinds of users and spaces.

The Strand-Mount Unit for outdoor micro radios makes it easier to install the radios on the existing grid, hung on aerial coax, fiber, or electricity cables. Aerial-strand deployments are critical for scaling outdoor small cells and can be deployed for both single and multi-operator usage. Ericsson’s new Strand-Mount Unit can support up to four micro radios, enabling multiple operators to utilize the same mount for cost-efficient deployments. The Strand-Mount Unit delivers superior outdoor coverage with zero footprint.

Nishant Batra, Head of Product Area Network Infrastructure at Ericsson, says: “We have developed scalable small cell models to meet the current demands of our customers while also preparing for requirements that will be imposed by 5G and the IoT.

“With the Multi-Operator Dot and the Multi-Dot Enclosure, our customers can enhance the inbuilding user experience with excellent connectivity for both smartphones and IoT devices. The Strand-Mount Unit for outdoor micro radios, meanwhile, facilitates the dense deployments that will be required for 5G – enabling operators to deploy small cells in areas where they may not have been able to do so previously.”

Mark Lowenstein, Managing Director, Mobile Ecosystem, says: “The mobile industry is experiencing an evolution in the way we use our devices, the methods in which we design the networks for upcoming 5G technologies, and the way we deploy small cells. Multi-operator solutions will be critical to expanding the market for small cells and the range of possible deployments. Ericsson’s new small cell solutions address these industry changes to enable operators to deliver the needed coverage and capacity in a variety of environments.”

The Multi-Operator Dot and the Multi-Dot Enclosure will enable service providers to offer their customers an aesthetically pleasing full multi-operator solution, capable of extending coverage and capacity indoors using LTE/5G tight interworking. The Strand-Mount Unit creates new opportunities for outdoor deployments for customers such as telecom operators, cable operators and tower companies.

At the same time, 5G readiness requirements and IoT strategies are becoming increasingly important factors in network planning. Non-traditional players are entering the wireless marketplace and operators need to think outside the box and find more cost-effective means of deploying the number of small cells required to meet consumer demand.


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