Huawei has unveiled its next generation small cell product, the 5G LampSite, which is the first multi-band indoor 5G Small Cell product to support both 5G NR and 4G LTE.
The 5G LampSite can utilize CAT6A Ethernet or optical fiber cables laid out during 4G LampSite deployments to realize transitioning to 5G without complex engineering implementation or changing radio network planning.
Ritchie Peng, President of Huawei’s Small Cell Product Line released the 5G LampSite
The Release of 3GPP R15 (Phase 1) at the end of 2017 moves Huawei a long way toward the promise of 5G networks. When 5G becomes a reality, indoor locations will contribute up to 70% of the new services. Ubiquitous 100 Mbit/s will be an omnipresent demand for indoor coverage. Forecasts show that the capacity density in indoor locations will increase by as much as eight times over the next five years. Higher bands such as C-Band and 4T4R multiple antenna technology will play a crucial role in improving the experience of indoor 5G users.
Ritchie Peng, President of Huawei’s Small Cell Product Line, said: “Enabling 5G indoor coverage through digital solutions is already accepted as an industry consensus. Our 4G LampSite has been broadly deployed to serve users in airports, shopping malls, and hotels around the world and has received high recognition from operators. Huawei is constantly innovating in the field of indoor coverage. The 5G LampSite supports “four multiples in one” capabilities, which fully reflects the value of digital products and helps operators build indoor coverage in the 5G era more conveniently and efficiently.”
Traditional indoor coverage solutions have been proven difficult to accommodate upcoming 5G networks. Take distributed antenna systems (DAS) for example. Signal attenuation is more severe in both air interface and through feeders on the high-band frequencies introduced to 5G. To use DAS in 5G, a large number of head ends need to be added or more close to signal sources RRUs. To support 4T4R, DAS requires three times as many feeders and other devices as the existing 1T1R systems. This is basically impractical and cannot guarantee stable and reliable network performance.
Huawei 5G LampSite was released to satisfy the exact indoor coverage demands of 5G. It supports C-Band/Sub3GHz multiple bands in one box, LTE/5G multiple modes in one box, CAT6A Ethernet/optical fiber multiple transmissions in one box and eMBB/IoT/Navigation multiple services in one box. 5G LampSite is able to utilize CAT6A Ethernet or optical fiber cables that are laid out during 4G LampSite deployments to realize transitioning to 5G, which makes it a perfect match for the shared needs of global operators.
Huawei 5G LampSite is first in the industry to support 4T4R so as to allow it to make use of the existing 4G LampSite spot for 5G without changing radio network planning.