Ericsson unveils novel small cell technologies
The company’s latest launches comprise of the Multi-Operator Dot, Multi-Dot Enclosure, and Strand-Mount Unit
Targeting the global small cell market, Ericsson has just unveiled three novel small cell solutions designed to enhance mobile coverage and capacity. The units are also designed to support the deployment of 5G, and also boast a use in IoT applications.
The company's latest launches comprise of the Multi-Operator Dot, Multi-Dot Enclosure, and Strand-Mount Unit.
The Multi-Dot Enclosure utilises multiples Dots in a single enclosure, an ideal arrangement for multi-operator deployments as its impact on the building is minimal and is effective a cost-savings alternative.
The Multi-Operator Dot solution combines a set of Radio Dots that can be shared between multiple operators. Similar to an active distributed antenna system (DAS), the solution can be managed by a single operator, while the rest carry radio frequency signals.
Designed for micro radios, the Strand-Mount Unit streamlines the installation process for radio units on a grid. This in turn is critical for scaling outdoor small cells.
Nishant Batra, head of Product Area Network Infrastructure at Ericsson, says: "We have developed scalable small cell models to meet the current demands of our customers while also preparing for requirements that will be imposed by 5G and the IoT.
"With the Multi-Operator Dot and the Multi-Dot Enclosure, our customers can enhance the in building user experience with excellent connectivity for both smartphones and IoT devices. The Strand-Mount Unit for outdoor micro radios, meanwhile, facilitates the dense deployments that will be required for 5G - enabling operators to deploy small cells in areas where they may not have been able to do so previously."
Mark Lowenstein, managing director, Mobile Ecosystem, shared: "The mobile industry is experiencing an evolution in the way we use our devices, the methods in which we design the networks for upcoming 5G technologies, and the way we deploy small cells.
"Multi-operator solutions will be critical to expanding the market for small cells and the range of possible deployments. Ericsson's new small cell solutions address these industry changes to enable operators to deliver the needed coverage and capacity in a variety of environments."