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December 11, 2014

First Radio Dot System deployed in Netherlands

Vodafone becomes first commercial user of the in-building small cell system.

By CBR Staff Writer

Vodafone Netherlands has deployed Ericsson’s Radio Dot System at Radboud University in Netherlands, marking the small cell system’s first live enterprise deployment.

The latest deployment also makes Vodafone the first commercial user of the in-building, small cell system launched by Ericsson in 2013.

Vodafone Netherlands chief technology officer Mallik Rao said: "Enterprise customers are an important part of our business and addressing their need for fast and reliable indoor mobile connectivity is high on our agenda."

"The Ericsson Radio Dot System is an efficient way of enhancing our indoor coverage and capacity."

Leveraging features from Ericsson`s macro basestation, including Carrier Aggregation and Combined Cell for WCDMA and LTE, the device allows rapid indoor deployment and efficient integration into macro-network.

In addition to boosting the university’s indoor mobile network coverage, the system would offer coverage to a range of users in medium to large indoor locations via a new antenna element called a radio dot, which enables high performance mobile broadband.

Rolled out during September 2013, the small, disc-shaped Radio Dot system integrates a dot antenna, which is linked to an indoor radio component through LAN cables and then to the neighbouring macro base station.

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Ericsson Business Unit Radio VP and head Arun Bansal said: "As a strategic network supplier to Vodafone, Ericsson is delivering on our promise to work closely with Vodafone to expand their opportunities in the enterprise market with the Ericsson Radio Dot System."

"The system is a key differentiator of Ericsson`s Mobile Enterprise strategy to empower mobile and converged operators to deliver integrated cloud, connectivity and communications as-a-service to their enterprise customers."

When integrated with Ericsson`s carrier Wi-Fi portfolio, the Radio Dot System offers features such as real-time traffic steering to beef up user experience across both Wi-Fi and 3GPP networks.

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