Telefonica Mexico, which operates under the Movistar brand, has begun deploying Ericsson’s Radio Dot System small cells to improve mobile broadband coverage in Mexico City, it disclosed in a press release. The Spanish-owned operator has contracted the Swedish vendor to install 1,080 Radio Dot Systems in facilities including office buildings, shopping centres and airports that are otherwise difficult to cover using existing networks, with project completion scheduled for end-2016. The small cell architecture supports both 4G LTE and 3G W-CDMA indoor coverage.
Mariano Moral, Vice President for Telefonica Business Solutions, said: ‘Through this implementation of the Radio Dot System, we are offering LTE solutions to enterprise users and end subscribers by improving the indoor connectivity experience.’ Omar Calvo, Engineering Director, Telefonica Mexico, added: ‘We have been looking to cover all shopping malls, starting with Plaza Cosmopol in Estado de Mexico and Plaza Galerias in Pachuca, Hidalgo during this first delivery. In the short term, we foresee the implementation in 50 facilities within Mexico City.’ Eduardo Ricotta, Vice President, Ericsson Latin America, declared: ‘Mexico City is the perfect place for Telefonica’s largest deployment of Ericsson Radio Dot System. The city is full of high-rise buildings and millions of people wanting excellent mobile broadband services, which Telefonica can now provide in a cost-efficient way.’