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Saudi Arabia introduces the world's first 'Zero Site'

Zero Site will use street light poles as mobile masts with support infrastructure hidden in the ground

Saudi Arabia introduces the world's first 'Zero Site'
Saudi Telecom Company and Ericsson KSA celebrate their collaboration

Saudi Telecom Company and Ericsson KSA have come together to set up the world's first 'Zero Site'.

Launching in Riyadh, the brand new sites will mean seamless network coverage in even the most built up and congested areas of the city, without the need for new mobile masts.

In keeping with its name, the Zero site will mean that there is no physical new site above ground, but instead equipment will be installed underground while light poles (street lamps) will act as masts, resulting in improved service, but minimum visual impact and disturbance.

"Ericsson Zero Site is a new and exciting site solution that Ericsson has developed for network densification in outdoor city environments. The general concept is to integrate small cell solutions with street light poles, which enables mass deployment of complete solutions with optimal urban coverage but minimum visual impact. It is a fully encapsulated solution for outdoor site deployments. mRRUs /RRUs and antennas (or AIR-units) are placed in the top of the light pole while other equipment, such as multi base-band units, power, battery, cooling and remote site controller etc  are placed in an underground equipment chamber."

Dr. Khaled Al Biyari, Senior Vice President Technology & Operations, STC said: "At STC, one of our primary business goals is to acquire the most suitable, innovative infrastructure technology that affords our customers with top-of-the-line connectivity. Our partnership with Ericsson has allowed us to deploy high quality solutions within the context of our objectives. This innovative solution will allow us to overcome site acquisition issues in order to improve the coverage in dense areas inside the cities." He continues by adding: "Ericsson's solution allows STC to address the needs of dense and busy areas and enable seamless communication throughout Riyadh.

Ali Eid, President of Ericsson, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, said: "Ericsson has always striven to redefine the telecommunications landscape with its innovative technology and designs. As the Networked Society takes shape and urbanization shapes consumer demands, new challenges come with increasing consumer demands on data, and Ericsson believes those demands can be met, even in highly congested areas with innovative solutions. Ericsson's Zero Site is a successful example from our special site solutions product family that can help enhance network coverage in the urban areas."

Ericsson says that the Zero Site, which can be set up in just one day, addresses two major issues facing cities across the world, population growth, requiring more basic services such as lighting and also the key issue of network site acquisition in dense urban environments.

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