Ericsson demos small cells tech at Dubai smart cities forum

Swedish firm participates as Silver Sponsor at Wi-Fi & Small Cells MENA

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Ericsson demos small cells tech at Dubai smart cities forum Chakour: We are entering a world in which connectivity will power everything that we do.
By  Stephen McBride Published  October 28, 2014

Swedish telecoms vendor, Ericsson, this week demonstrated its small cells technologies at a smart city network technologies event held in Dubai.

Ericsson participated in Wi-Fi & Small Cells MENA, held from 27 to 28 October, as a Silver Sponsor. The technologies demonstrated by the company are designed to "support telecommunications network operators to achieve superior network performance", Ericsson said in a statement.

Wi-Fi & Small Cells MENA brought together 250 specialists from across the region, including developers and operators, to share ideas on how best to create smart cities.

Dory Chakour, mobile broadband engagement manager, Ericsson Middle East, took part in the panel discussion ‘Challenges and Future Road Map of Carrier-Grade Wi-Fi Deployments', today. The discussion covered topics such as the drivers and prospects of the emerging Wi-Fi market; how operators justify the extra cost of Wi-Fi integration; and the challenges faced when creating a broader hotspot footprint.

Chakour said: "We are entering a world in which connectivity will power everything that we do. This is what Ericsson calls the Networked Society, in which everything that can benefit from a connection will be connected. In this world, superior customer experience, anywhere and everywhere, will be critical - not only to achieve smart city status, but for operators to retain and gain new customers and revenue. Especially important is indoor coverage, and operators can use small cells to create a significant differentiation factor. Differentiation, in our competitive region, is the key to success."

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