Ericsson boosts indoor coverage with 5G Radio Dot

Ericsson boosts indoor coverage with 5G Radio Dot
According to Ericsson ConsumerLab reports, 60 percent of mobile subscribers are unhappy with their indoor cellular connectivity.
Published: 17 January 2018 - 4:44 a.m.
By: CommsMEA staff writer

Ericsson has introduced the 5G Radio Dot in order to meet advanced advanced indoor mobile broadband performance requirements demanded by 5G. 

Nishant Batra, head of product area network infrastructure at Ericsson, said: “ Enterprises have been asking for first-rate connectivity indoors, as well as higher speeds and capacity to serve advanced use cases that cannot be addressed by traditional indoor systems. Our 5G portfolio, bolstered by small cells, will enable operators to meet these demands.”

In an official statement, Ericsson has said that the the 5G Radio Dot takes less than half the time to install compared to other indoor solutions, and will support the new 5G mid-bands (3-6GHz) with speeds up to 2Gbps. 

Daryl Schoolar, practice leader, Ovum, said: "Now that first 5G standards are here, vendors are going to need multiple radio solutions to help operators roll out their new 5G networks. This new indoor solution from Ericsson is going to be attractive for operators wanting to offer enterprises good indoor performance for enhanced mobile broadband and new industrial applications that can’t be met by Wi-Fi or 5G base stations deployed outdoors.”

The 5G Radio Dot will undergo trials in late 2018 and will be commercially available in 2019.

With mobile data traffic surging by eight times and 1 billion 5G subscriptions expected by the end of 2023, mobile operators must meet consumer and enterprise demand for applications such as 4K/8K video streaming, virtual reality/augmented reality, and immersive media. This puts out a strong call for indoor coverage.

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