Singaporean operator SingTel Mobile is trialling Ericsson of Sweden’s advanced ‘Radio Dot System’ to improve in-building mobile broadband coverage and the end user’s experience, conducting a live trial at Changi Business Park. If successful, the pair aim to extend SingTel’s 3G/W-CDMA and 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network coverage into enterprise buildings and public spaces. In a press release, Ericsson says that its Radio Dot System is designed to deliver high-performance coverage and capacity in any size or type of building, and to integrate seamlessly with SingTel’s LTE and 3G networks.
Commenting on the live trials, SingTel Group chief technology officer, Tay Soo Meng, said: ‘We are excited to work with Ericsson to bring the benefits of the Radio Dot System to our customers. The design and simple installation of the Dot suits a wide variety of buildings in Singapore … SingTel is continually enhancing and upgrading its networks to deliver the fastest and most consistent mobile services … Knowing the importance of delivering not only good in-building coverage but also having good data throughput for our customers, this new pilot will help us to enhance and improve the SingTel customer experience in both commercial and public buildings.’
Ericsson says that its Radio Dot System is compact and offers flexible mounting. It introduces a revolutionary antenna element or ‘dot’ which delivers mobile broadband access to users. Because of its convenient size, scalability, and compelling evolution path, this product caters for different kinds of users in medium to large indoor locations, and aims to address operators’ needs of offering a complete indoor solution. Dots are connected and powered via standard internet LAN cables (Category 5/6/7) to indoor radio units that link to a base station.