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Swisscom uses 5G small cells from Ericsson to complete data calls

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Swisscom has successfully tried out Ericsson’s so-called Radio Dot small cells to make 5G data calls between two offices.

The data call went from a Radio Dot installed in Ericsson’s office in central Bern and another in Swisscom’s office in nearby Liebefeld.

Martin Bürki (pictured), head of Ericsson in Switzerland, said: “Our 5G Radio Dot allows service providers to reuse existing indoor network infrastructure as they upgrade from 4G.”

Daniel Staub, head of joint mobile group at Swisscom, said: “The 5G Radio Dot system offers us a high performing and reliable network in indoor areas. We continue to expand our 5G network across Switzerland to deliver premium connectivity across the country, Ericsson’s innovative 5G Radio Dot is another important building block.”

The ceiling-mounted Radio Dot resembles a Wifi hub. Their use can boost network throughput to 2Gbps, said Ericsson.

Bürki said: “Building on the existing Radio Dot system architecture, one can upgrade and complement existing networks quickly and efficiently. We’re looking forward to more milestones with Swisscom as it continues to roll out its 5G network with us.”