Light Reading
Vodafone says it will buy Ericsson's Dot Radio, and SoftBank says it will test the small cells, which are expected to go into trials in Q2.

Ericsson Dials Up Operator Support for Radio Dot

Dan Jones
2/24/2014
50%
50%

BARCELONA -- Mobile World Congress -- Ericsson is tuning and hyping up its Radio Dot small cell system as the massive mobile show kicks off here in Spain Monday.

Operator Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) says that it has signed on as a "lead customer" for the forthcoming 3G WCDMA and 4G LTE indoor distributed small cell system. Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) says that the Dot is designed for both enterprise and public access small cell applications. (See Know Your Small Cell: Home, Enterprise, or Public Access?)

Vodafone is already a customer for SpiderCloud Wireless enterprise 3G and 4G small cells in the UK and the Netherlands. (See Vodafone Launches Small Cell Service in UK.)

Massive Japanese operator SoftBank Mobile Corp. also committed to indoor testing of the small cells Sunday. Verizon Wireless said in 2013 that it will test the tiny radios, and AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) threw in its support at the launch. (See Ericsson's Radio Dot Receives Mixed Reception.)

The Ericsson Dot system includes tiny radio disks that are intended to increase radio capacity and data speeds indoors. Ericsson is stressing that -- as many other established vendors have started to -- the Dot runs the same software as its macro network infrastructure. (See Ericsson Boasts Small Cell Breakthrough.)

Timing is key though, particularly as the enterprise small cell market is actually starting to gain some traction. The Ericsson Dot is not yet commercially available, but trials are expected to start in the second quarter of this year, with availability coming in the second half.

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

(5)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
McCray
50%
50%
McCray,
User Rank: Light Weight
2/25/2014 | 7:38:21 AM
Re: criticism and support
Sarah,

 

you raise such as valid comment regarding the criticism that Ericsson has received. I think the jury is still out and really comes down to which solution best fits the various applications and/or venues.

As we all know and have heard it over and over again; it depends upon which model makes most sense for the various solutions be it DAS or Small Cell. Many models make sense for a enterprise small cell solution then the question becomes which enterprise small cell solution makes sense.

SpiderCloud's E-RAN seems to address addres many areas of concern such as the management of interference between APs, inter-small cell handovers, and has a local controller within the enterprise enabling operators to manage the radio's via a single interface

The Ericsson Radio Dot provides multiple years of macro and micro cell support via it's eNodeB architecture.

I would like to hear more from Cisco and ip.access regarding this small cell segment (enterprise) to see if the BTS OEMs such as ALU, Ericsson, and Huawei are going to capture the majority of the actual deployments at the end of the day.

 

 
DanJones
50%
50%
DanJones,
User Rank: Blogger
2/24/2014 | 2:40:06 PM
Re: criticism and support
I may have some more data on this soon...
chechaco
50%
50%
chechaco,
User Rank: Light Beer
2/24/2014 | 2:36:54 PM
Re: criticism and support
You can add MTN, Telstra, Swisscom and SingTel to the list of providers in trials with Ericsson Radio Dot System. Then, after the trials, will see whether critisim was founded or just sour grape thing.
DanJones
50%
50%
DanJones,
User Rank: Blogger
2/24/2014 | 7:31:51 AM
Re: criticism and support
Well, Ericsson is so often the macro vendor, they're pushing the idea that you must have small cells from the same vendor in order to help with interference problems etc between the cells...
SarahReedy
50%
50%
SarahReedy,
User Rank: Blogger
2/24/2014 | 7:06:47 AM
criticism and support
I keep hearing more people -- vendors, analysts -- criticizing Radio Dot, yet, at the same time, it's racking up operator support. It also announced trials with Singtel and Telstra today too. In the end, the latter is much more important than the former.
Flash Poll
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
IHS Analyst Discusses eLTE at CCW 2014

9|10|14   |   7:09   |   (0) comments


Thomas Lynch, associate director of critical communications at IHS Technology, talks about broadband in critical communications.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
TCAA on Huawei eLTE: A Broadband Solution for Mission-Critical Communications

9|10|14   |   2:29   |   (0) comments


At CCW2014 in Singapore, the TCCA's Phil Kidner talks about the importance of broadband data for critical communications.
LRTV Custom TV
Spotlight on Cisco: SDN for Optical Networks

9|8|14   |   9:27   |   (0) comments


Cisco's Greg Nehib talks OpenFlow and more on the 'Software-Defined Networking for Optical Networks' panel at the Big Telecom Event in June 2014.
LRTV Custom TV
Cisco's Evolved Programmable Network (EPN)

9|8|14   |   4:05   |   (0) comments


A look at the various demos Cisco showed at Light Reading's Big Telecom Event highlighting Cisco's EPN innovation and how SDN and NFV technologies are enabling a variety of new services.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
The Future of Ultra-Broadband, With Kevin Kelly (UBBF2014)

9|5|14   |   1:13   |   (0) comments


If you think the technological changes we've seen up to now are astounding, just wait until you see what the future has in store. Discuss upcoming breakthroughs with Kevin Kelly, Founding Executive Editor of Wired Magazine, at the Huawei Ultra-Broadband Forum on September 24.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
The Inaugural Optical Innovation Forum in Nice

9|2|14   |     |   (0) comments


More than 170 attendees from network operators, service providers, analyst firms, and component companies from around the world convened in Nice in June for the inaugural Optical Innovation Forum, co-produced by Huawei and Light Reading.
Wagner’s Ring
Data Centers Drive Telcos Into the Future

8|28|14   |   2:20   |   (2) comments


Data centers are at the heart of key trends driving telecom -- network virtualization, the drive for increased agility, and the need to compete with OTT providers.
LRTV Custom TV
Why SPs Should Consider Cisco's EPN

8|27|14   |   5:40   |   (0) comments


Sultan Dawood from Cisco discusses Cisco's EPN, which enables SPs to build agile and programmable networks delivering new network virtualized services using Cisco's Evolved Services Platform (ESP).
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei’s Showcase @ Big Telecom Event 2014

8|26|14   |   2.56   |   (0) comments


SoftCOM is Huawei's framework for telecom business and network transformation. Haofei Liu, Solution Marketing Manager, Carrier Business Group, Huawei, showcases Huawei's SoftCOM architecture in this video.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei @ BTE 2014: Director of Integrated Solutions on SoftCOM & NFV Monetization

8|26|14   |   4.43   |   (0) comments


Libin Dai, Director of Integrated Solutions, Carrier Business Group, discusses Huawei's SoftCOM and NFV monetization. Huawei believes that NFV monetization should be service-driven rather than network-driven, and that operators should have network transformation, service transformation and a compatible and collaborative ecosystem in place in order to deploy NFV.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei @ BTE 2014: Director of US NFV Lab on CloudEdge & the Future of NFV

8|26|14   |   4.06   |   (0) comments


Sean Chen, Director of US NFV Lab at Huawei, discusses Huawei's new approach to NFV in open collaboration. Huawei believes that through Proof of Concept tests, it could help operators learn and communicate with the industry more effectively. Sean believes that successful implementation of NFV should have its values reaching to end users and discusses how Huawei's ...
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei's Highlights @ Big Telecom Event 2014

8|26|14   |   3.34   |   (0) comments


At the Big Telecom Event in Chicago Huawei showcases its high-level strategy, the SoftCOM architecture, which helps operators reduce the cost of ownership of their network infrastructure and generate additional revenue in the ICT service environment. Huawei showcases over 30 pilot programs from across the globe, focusing on the industry-leading commercial ...
Upcoming Live Events!!
September 23, 2014, Denver, CO
October 29, 2014, New York City
November 6, 2014, Santa Clara
November 11, 2014, Atlanta, GA
December 2, 2014, New York City
December 3, 2014, New York City
December 9-10, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
Infographics
A survey conducted by Vasona Networks suggests that 72% of mobile users expect good performance all the time, and they'll blame the network operator when it's not up to par.
Today's Cartoon
Vacation Special Caption Competition Click Here
Latest Comment
Hot Topics
Introducing 'The New IP'
Stephen Saunders, CEO and founder, Light Reading, 9/11/2014
Glimpsing the Self-Driving Car
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 9/12/2014
AT&T to Launch WiFi Calling in 2015
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 9/12/2014
Analyzing Apple & VoLTE
Gabriel Brown, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading, 9/12/2014
AT&T: We'll Bundle Fixed Wireless & DirecTV
Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 9/15/2014
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed