Telstra Selects Ericsson Solution To Enhance 4G Coverage

Will deploy Ericsson’s indoor and outdoor small cell solutions including Ericsson Radio Dot system for its 5G network

Telstra has entered into a partnership with Ericsson. It will deploy Ericsson’s indoor and outdoor small cells in the Telstra’s 4G LTE network, including the Ericsson Radio Dot System and Pico Cell RBS 6402. This move will help increase coverage and enhance user experience in Telstra’s 4G LTE network, enabling Telstra to continue providing a high quality and reliable mobile broadband service to its customers.

Calling this as its latest step in its ongoing strategic partnership with Ericsson, Mike Wright, Group Managing Director of Networks in Telstra Operations, shared, “Telstra has already deployed small cells in 50 rural towns across Australia. The result has been greater coverage and improved broadband experience for residents and business in these towns. With this new agreement, Telstra can increase the small cell rollout across Australia. In urban areas we are looking forward to delivering better indoor coverage not only for individual customers in office buildings, but also to our enterprise customers in shopping centers and large indoor venues.”

One must note, small cells are complementary to macro sites and a great way to solve capacity and coverage problems in hotspots such as busy city squares, commercial streets, railway stations, hotels, shopping malls, offices and airports.

“By integrating small cells as part of the macro mobile network, operators can cost-effectively provide improved coverage,” shared Thomas Norén, Head of Product Area Network Products, Ericsson.

He further added, ” Coordinated, embedded small cells improve performance through frequency reuse, increasing both network data capacity and throughput without the need to split the available spectrum. Small cells also provide full-service transparency in the network, ensuring that Voice over LTE, Voice over WiFi and video calls work seamlessly in the network for a consistent user experience.”

By leveraging both Ericsson’s macro and small cell solutions, Telstra will be able to achieve a highly coordinated elastic radio access network architecture, providing significant additional carrier aggregation and coordinated multi point gains.

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