Australia’s Telstra is partnering with Swedish vendor Ericsson to deploy indoor and outdoor small cells in its 4G LTE network, including the Ericsson Radio Dot System and Pico Cell RBS 6402. The upgrade will increase coverage and enhance user experience for those connecting to Telstra’s 4G infrastructure. Further, the companies claim that, by leveraging both Ericsson’s macro and small cell solutions, Telstra will be able to achieve ‘a highly coordinated elastic radio access network architecture, providing significant additional carrier aggregation [CA] and Coordinated Multi Point gains’.
Commenting on the matter, Mike Wright, Group Managing Director of Networks in Telstra Operations, was cited as saying: ‘The outdoor small cell deployment and indoor small cell solutions are the latest step in our ongoing strategic partnership with Ericsson. Telstra has already deployed small cells in 50 rural towns across Australia. The result has been greater coverage and improved broadband experience for residents and business in these towns … With this new agreement, Telstra can increase the small cell rollout across Australia. In urban areas we are looking forward to delivering better indoor coverage not only for individual customers in office buildings, but also to our enterprise customers in shopping centers and large indoor venues.’