China Telecom has become the first operator to deploy an Ericsson LTE Radio Dot System in the country, deploying the system in two of the country's coastal provinces, Zhejiang and Guangdong.
The deployment has been made in response to China's fast-growing demand for mobile data, which is exponentially increasing traffic.
Radio Dots, which are small mobile broadband antennas weighing 300 grams that are designed to boost data rates in public venues and the offices of medium-to-large enterprises, provide a cost effective way to provide capacity and boost network performance with a fast installation to tackle indoor coverage challenges, Ericsson said.
China Telecom's Zhejiang and Guangdong branches quickly implemented the LTE Radio Dot Systems in two indoor environments, both new buildings and modified venues.
The operator's Guangdong branch achieved the first carrier aggregation of 20MHz (1.8GHz) + 20MHz (2.1GHz), which is based on LTE Radio Dot Systems and enables 300Mbps speeds for users. It was also able to get strict control over signal leaks and seamless switching between the Radio Dot Systems and the outdoor macro station.
Indoor mobile data traffic now accounts for about 70 per cent of total data traffic globally, according to a research report by Ericsson Consumer Lab. Ericsson stated that this means it is of vital significance that operators meet this increase in mobile data demand from users to improve indoor coverage and increase speeds of mobile networks.
Chris Houghton, head of North East Asian region at Ericsson, commented: "We have received very good feedback from China Telecom on the Ericsson Radio Dot System's excellent performance, ease of deployment and cost efficiency. Ericsson will continue to assist China Telecom and other operators in the country with innovative solutions to provide the best network coverage and speed."
At the end of July, Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) became the first Russian operator to deploy Ericsson's Radio Dot indoor coverage system after the vendor installed a network for the operator in a shopping centre in the city of Astrakhan. The company deployed the indoor coverage equipment in a 50,000 square metre shopping mall and connected it to MTS' 3G network using carrier aggregation technology. The network will provide data rates for MTS' subscribers of 14 Mbps on average.
The Ericsson Radio Dot System has also been deployed worldwide by operators including Claro, SingTel, Telefonica, Verizon and Vodafone.
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