Vodafone trials Ericsson's 4G radio dot system
13 July 2015 |
Vodafone has begun testing Ericsson’s 4G radio dot indoor service in the UK to improve in-building coverage.
Vodafone said it is the first UK operator to test the system, which uses smoke alarm-sized small cells to improve coverage indoors.
The operator said it will test different office deployments and scenarios in its Waterloo office in London, UK before conducting trials with its corporate customers.
Large complex structures such as business parks, entertainment venues and shopping centres are ideally suited for the system, according to the company.
“With 70 per cent of customers using their mobile device mostly indoors, we want to eradicate the frustration of losing a conference call or video streaming session when moving throughout a business park or leaving a music venue,” said Jorge Fernandes, Vodafone UK’s CTO.
“Through our work with the world’s leading equipment and network experts, such as Ericsson, we are taking a big step towards achieving that goal through this trial, the first of its kind in the UK," he added.