By GlobeNewswire, September 25, 2013, 09:11:00 AM EDT
STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Sept. 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --
* Minimalist small cell radio will fully integrate with macro mobile networks
and leverage existing indoor wiring and outdoor cellular infrastructure
* Elegant, dot-shaped design is unobtrusive in environment but packs a big
punch for coverage and capacity and improves indoor user experience
* 14 patents back the innovative solution
Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) is launching a cellular radio that is small enough to
fit a person's hand, but provides enough indoor network coverage for a crowd.
The disk-shaped, break-through solution, called Ericsson Radio Dot System,
addresses a broad range of scenarios for providing high-quality access to mobile
broadband and voice services indoors.
An in-building environment presents a special set of challenges for mobile
operators, concerning complexity, scalability and service continuity. Current
indoor solutions are built mainly for voice coverage and do not meet the growing
capacity demands of apps. Covering major parts of buildings has been
challenging, for reasons such as high costs and limited scalability.
Ericsson Radio Dot System is compact and offers flexible mounting. The device
weighs 300 grams, is the result of two years of research and development, and
incorporates 14 patents. It introduces a revolutionary antenna element, or
"dot," which delivers mobile broadband access to users. Because of its
convenient size, scalability, and compelling evolution path, this product caters
to different kinds of users in medium to large indoor locations, and aims to
address operators' needs of offering a complete indoor solution.
Dots are connected and powered via standard internet LAN cables (Category
5/6/7) to indoor radio units that link to a base station. Radio Dot System
leverages the same industry-leading features found in Ericsson's macro base
station. Deployments and upgrades are simple, addressing growing capacity and
coverage requirements. Thus the users' experience is consistent wherever they go
and the indoor network evolves in lockstep with the outdoor network. Ericsson
Radio Dot System supports integration with Ericsson's carrier Wi-Fi portfolio
enabling features such as real-time traffic steering to ensure the best user
experience across both Wi-Fi and 3GPP networks.
Johan Wibergh, head of Ericsson Business Unit Networks, says: "With the Radio
Dot System we lower the threshold to building indoor coverage. The dot is the
most cost-effective, no-compromise solution to the indoor coverage challenges
expressed by our customers. It is ultra-small but can scale to virtually
unlimited capacity; it is easy to install, future proof and it is 100 percent
integrated with existing mobile networks."
The product has already been gaining interest from mobile operators in the
United States. Kris Rinne, Senior Vice President, Network and Product Planning,
AT&T Services, Inc., says: "Small cells are a key component of AT&T's Project
VIP network enhancement program as we seek to constantly improve our customers'
mobile Internet experience. Delivering a great wireless experience indoors can
present both technical and logistical challenges. A solution like the Ericsson
Radio Dot System gives AT&T another tool to choose from in its next-generation
Ken Rehbehn, Principal Analyst, Yankee Group,says: "Sleek form factors that
focus radio capability to solve the indoor deployment challenge in a fresh and
compelling way will be welcomed into a wide variety of business and office
venues. Ericsson Radio Dot System leverages existing indoor wire facilities to
reduce installation hurdles and cost, and because it builds on Ericsson standard
radio architecture, it provides an extensive feature set without compromising
The product is expected to be commercially available in late 2014.
Ericsson will webcast the announcement in conjunction with its Analyst Forum in
North America on Sept 25 at 3pm PT/11pmUK time/Sept 26 at 12am CET. Access the
webcast on: www.ericsson.com/press.
An on-demand version will be available shortly afterwards.
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