DOCOMO Pacific and Japanese vendor NEC Corporation have successfully conducted trials to improve indoor LTE communications throughout the unincorporated US island territory of Guam. Beginning in September 2016, NEC introduced its Enterprise-Radio Access Network (E-RAN) solution to DOCOMO Pacific retail stores on a trial basis. The tests delivered a ‘robust and reliable’ indoor signal connection up to three times faster than before the introduction of E-RAN technology. According to NEC, each E-RAN access point enables simultaneous LTE access for up to 64 smartphones, tablets and other devices.
Jonathan Kriegel, president and CEO of DOCOMO Pacific, commented: ‘Many of our buildings in Guam are made to withstand typhoons and earthquakes using material like stone, concrete, steel and tinted glass, that contain signal blocking properties. By using NEC’s E-RAN solution, we are able to deliver an improved LTE signal to our customers that are indoors.’