SingTel tests Ericsson's Radio Dot System for in-building coverage, capacity boost

SingTel is conducting a trial of Ericsson's (NASDAQ:ERIC) Radio Dot System to improve the in-building mobile broadband experience for its customers in Singapore.

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Ericsson says its Radio Dot System leverages the same features found in its macro base station. (Image source: Ericsson)

The trial is being conducted at Changi Business Park, with the intent to extend SingTel's LTE and 3G network coverage into enterprise buildings and public venues, the companies said in a press release.

Singapore is among the top five in the world when it comes to LTE adoption and smartphone penetration, the release states. As users spend a majority of their time indoors, enhancing network coverage and performance indoors is critical to meet consumer demands.

Ericsson says its Radio Dot System introduces a revolutionary antenna element or "dot" that delivers mobile broadband access to users. Because of its size, scalability and evolution path, the product caters to different kinds of users in medium to large indoor locations.

Dots are connected and powered via standard internet LAN cables (Category 5/6/7) to indoor radio units that link to a base station. The Radio Dot System leverages the same features found in Ericsson's macro base station.  

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, according to the vendor.

Ericsson introduced its Radio Dot System in September 2013, calling it a minimalist small cell radio in an elegant, dot-shaped design. It may be seen as an alternative to distributed antenna systems (DAS), which, according to the company, are built mainly for voice coverage in very large buildings and venues and are expensive to upgrade to meet growing capacity demands for mobile data.

According to Ericsson, its Dot solution can provide coverage scalability as well as interference mitigation and handover capabilities. The company has 14 patents to back the solution.

For more:
- see the press release
- see this RCRWireless News story

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