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Ericsson Dials Up Operator Support for Radio Dot

Dan Jones
2/24/2014
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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

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McCray
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McCray,
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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
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DanJones,
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2/24/2014 | 2:40:06 PM
Re: criticism and support
I may have some more data on this soon...
chechaco
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chechaco,
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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
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DanJones,
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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
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SarahReedy,
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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.
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