In its bid to drive transformation towards a ‘Networked Society’ global telecoms equipment manufacturer Ericsson has unveiled its latest products in the form of Radio Dot System and Picocell in India. The company unveiled these products as part of its annual ‘Ericsson CONNECT’ event.
At Ericsson CONNECT, Mikael Bäck, Global Head of Strategy Development & Portfolio Management, shared case studies to show how the Networked Society – widespread internet connectivity – is driving change for individuals and communities and enabling innovation and business transformation. He cited real life examples of goods tracking, connected cars, and e-learning as examples of how the Networked Society is coming alive in different parts of the world.
The newly released White Paper titled “India 2020: Bringing the Networked Society to Life,” highlights factors that will contribute towards creating a Digital India by 2020 and achieving the objectives and targets of the National Telecom Policy-2012 (NTP-2012) to extend the reach of broadband in the country.
Chris Houghton, Head of Region India, says: “Broadband has the potential to help bring about inclusive growth in India by extending education, healthcare and financial inclusion to rural areas and lower income groups. In order to achieve and deliver on this vision, government and industry need to actively partner to tackle the constraints of limited spectrum availability, device affordability and network performance gaps indoors while at the same time meeting the pent-up demand for mobile broadband and stimulating interest in and uptake of services in new markets with new revenue models.”
In the Networked Society, where connectivity is the starting point for new ways of innovating, collaborating and socializing, indoor coverage is increasingly becoming important for Indian mobile broadband users. At least half of all issues encountered today in dense urban centers by mobile broadband users are faced indoors. To address the challenges of ensuring high quality mobile voice and data services within buildings, Ericsson has introduced its innovative small cell portfolio in India.
Ericsson’s comprehensive small cell portfolio comprises a full range of indoor and outdoor small cells and Carrier Wi-Fi access points including the Ericsson Radio Dot System and RBS 6402 picocell both of which are compact, cost-effective solutions that enable operators to deliver high-performance network coverage and capacity indoors while allowing for faster deployment. With the Radio Dot System, Ericsson is redefining the concept of indoor small cells with the industry’s most cost-effective and modular high performance indoor radio system, enabling operators to address a wide range of in-building environments with a common solution, including the underserved, high growth, medium-to-large building and venue category.
Optimized for indoor environments up to 5,000 square meters (roughly 54,000 square feet), RBS 6402 is the first picocell to support LTE speeds of up to 300 Mbps with carrier aggregation. Flexible and future proof, it’s the only multi-carrier, concurrent multi-standard (LTE, WCDMA and Wi-Fi), and mixed-mode small cell to support 10 different bands, with two 3GPP bands (LTE and WCDMA) plus 802.11ac Wi-Fi operating simultaneously to deliver higher peak rates and capacity. The Ericsson small cell portfolio also meets the needs of operators as they seek to expand their enterprise opportunities.
Christian Hedelin, Head of Radio Strategy at Ericsson, says “As people, businesses and industry transform through mobility, the performance of mobile networks becomes a critical factor, so Ericsson is always focused on innovative ways to help mobile operators improve their networks. By bringing high performance mobile broadband indoors with the Ericsson Radio Dot System and RBS 6402 Picocell, Ericsson enables operators to satisfy their consumer and business customers, grow in mobile enterprise and expand into new industries.”