Ericsson’s small cell to be commercially available in 2014

Ericsson is launching a small cell, a cellular radio that is small enough to fit a person’s hand and would be commerically available by late 2014.

The elegant, dot-shaped design is unobtrusive in environment but packs a big punch for coverage and capacity and improves indoor user experience. It fully integrates with macro mobile networks and leverage existing indoor wiring and outdoor cellular infrastructure.

The disk-shaped, break-through solution, called Ericsson Radio Dot System, addresses a broad range of scenarios for providing high-quality access to mobile broadband and voice services indoors.

Ericsson Radio Dot System is compact and offers flexible mounting. The device weighs 300 grams, is the result of two years of research and development, and incorporates 14 patents.

Dots are connected and powered via standard internet LAN cables (Category 5/6/7) to indoor radio units that link to a base station. Radio Dot System leverages the same industry-leading features found in Ericsson’s macro base station. Deployments and upgrades are simple, addressing growing capacity and coverage requirements.

Ericsson Radio Dot System 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.

Johan Wibergh, head of Ericsson Business Unit Networks said, “With the Radio Dot System we lower the threshold to build 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.”

Kris Rinne, senior vice president, Network and Product Planning, AT&T Services said, “Small cells are a key component of AT&T’s Project VIP network enhancement program as we seek to constantly improve our customers’ mobile Internet experience. Delivering a great wireless experience indoors can present both technical and logistical challenges. A solution like the Ericsson Radio Dot System gives AT&T another tool to choose from in its next-generation toolkit.”

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