MTN, Swisscom and Telstra to trial Ericsson’s small cell

Ericsson today announced that MTN, Swisscom and Telstra will trial Ericsson’s small cell called as Radio Dot system.

MTN is planning to trial Radio Dot system in public venues and enterprise buildings across South Africa, and later across MTN operations. Telstra will trial Ericsson Radio Dot System, a new small cell architecture to deliver low latency, high speeds and a great user experience in buildings and venues.

MTN South Africa, pioneers of LTE deployment in the region, have further demonstrated their commitment to delivering consistently high quality end user experience and innovation by being the first operator in Africa to trial the Ericsson Radio Dot System. This deployment will address indoor coverage and capacity needs of their individual and enterprise mobile broadband subscribers.

Fredrik Jejdling, head, Ericsson sub-Saharan Africa said, “Our research predicts mobile data traffic will grow 17 times over the next 5 years driven by app culture and video. As such leading operators like MTN are focused on improving indoor network performance and coverage. The Radio Dot System is a game changer, designed to empower mobile and converged operators to seamlessly deliver integrated cloud and mobile broadband services to their customers.”

The Ericsson Radio Dot System introduces a revolutionary antenna element, or “dot,” which delivers mobile broadband access to users. Because of its convenient size, scalability, and compelling evolution path, the Radio Dot System caters to both business and consumer users in a broad range of enterprise buildings and public venues. The Ericsson Radio Dot System is fully integrated with the operators’ network.

Jyoti Desai, group chief technology and information officer, MTN said, Ericsson has enabled MTN to meet the needs of our customers by providing a high quality and consistent experience everywhere, while also extending MTN’s brand promise to the enterprise segment which is one of our fastest growing segments.”

Mike Wright, executive director Networks, Telstra said,  “Through the trial of the Ericsson Radio Dot System, we are looking to see how it can effectively and economically enhance that experience for our customers and to provide operational feedback to Ericsson on the design.”

Switzerland’s leading telecom provider Swisscom will trial Ericsson Radio Dot system, in enterprise buildings.

Patrick Weibel, senior architect Wireless Strategy Swisscom said, “Our customers are used to always receiving the best possible network quality for their mobile phone, tablet or notebook user experience. By integrating it with our 4G/LTE and 3G networks, the Ericsson Radio Dot System can deliver a seamless mobile broadband user experience for our consumer and business services inside enterprise buildings and public venues.”

Valter D’Avino, head of Ericsson Region Western and Central Europe said, “Swisscom has been awarded best quality mobile operator in Switzerland for the past several years in a row. As sole supplier to their 4G/LTE and 3G radio and core network we are also committed to support Swisscom with best possible indoor experience for their customers. The Ericsson Radio Dot system can complement the pico and micro base station outdoor and indoor deployment Swisscom has already started.”

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