Ericsson Shows Off New Small Cell Product
Ericsson is launching a cellular radio that is small enough to fit a person’s hand, but provides enough indoor network coverage for a crowd. The disk-shaped product is called the Ericsson Radio Dot System.
The device weighs 300 grams, is the result of two years of research and development, and incorporates 14 patents. It introduces what the company says is 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. Ericsson Radio Dot System supports integration with Ericsson’s carrier Wi-Fi portfolio enabling features such as real-time traffic steering.
Ericsson said that the product has already been gaining interest from AT&T in the USA.
Johan Wibergh, head of Ericsson Business Unit Networks, says: “With the Radio Dot System we lower the threshold to building indoor coverage. The dot is the most cost-effective, no-compromise solution to the indoor coverage challenges expressed by our customers. It is ultra-small but can scale to virtually unlimited capacity; it is easy to install, future proof and it is 100 percent integrated with existing mobile networks.”
However, the small cell is not expected to be commercially available until late next year.
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