Ericsson portfolio expands indoor 5G and location services

Ericsson portfolio expands indoor 5G and location services

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

Ericsson (has expanded its indoor mobile connectivity portfolio with three new easy-to-deploy and cost-efficient products aimed at delivering 5G coverage, capacity and capabilities across the interior of any work or business environment — regardless of the size or complexity of the building. The new systems are part of the Ericsson Radio Dot System portfolio, further increasing the flexibility of this industry-leading portfolio.

About 80 percent of mobile data is generated through indoor use according to the Ericsson Mobility Report. High-performing indoor mobile connectivity has become a critical digital infrastructure. However, relatively minimal floor space in buildings — estimated by Ericsson at 10 to 15 percent — is currently served by indoor 5G connectivity. Businesses spanning all sectors and sizes, whether airports, office complexes, hotels and industrial settings such as factories, mines and ports, require reliable connectivity that improves their operations and customers’ experience.

The currently fragmented in-building market primarily consists of technologies such as Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) and small cells. As a result, the indoor technology decision-making process is often difficult and time-consuming. Ericsson’s additions to its indoor 5G portfolio – comprising of two new hardware products and a software feature — are aimed at meeting customers’ simplicity and monetization goals through a scalable solution suitable for any indoor environment or situation.

The IRU 8850 is a purpose-built, high-performing indoor radio unit for single or multi-operator deployments in medium to large venues such as airports, offices, and stadiums. The product can serve up to eight venues from one centralized location, with a 10 km fiber reach. Designed for simple and speedy deployment, the radio delivers up to four times the capacity of its predecessors, enhancing network performance and user experience. It is also up to 70 percent more energy-efficient compared to active DAS technology.

The IRU 8850 also supports both purpose-built and Cloud RAN architectures. Cost-effective compared to current alternatives it offers up to 80 percent reduction in physical equipment space; and up to 50 percent lower total cost of ownership (TCO) thanks to network sharing.

The second indoor 5G portfolio addition — aimed at small- to medium-sized building coverage — is called the Ericsson Indoor Fusion Unit, a compact, all-in-one indoor 5G system that combines radio and baseband functionalities into one unit, making it easy and quick to deploy.

Ericsson is also introducing a new software feature for indoor networks called Ericsson 5G Precise Positioning, which provides location services for a wide range of uses cases that CSPs and enterprises can use, like asset tracking and tool positioning, in environments such as factories, mines, hospitals, warehouses, and other industrial private network applications, as well as in emergency response scenarios. The software can enable new enterprise use cases and advanced 5G monetization thanks to its unmatched mobile 3D positioning precision of < 1m for any 5G device indoors. Only a mobile connection is needed (no sensors) and it is able to fully integrate with existing networks.

David Hammarwall, Head of Product Area Networks, Ericsson, says: “The new Radio Dot System equipment and location services software further increase the flexibility of Ericsson’s indoor portfolio. Scalable and cost-efficient, the expanded portfolio offers a one-stop-shop to accelerate indoor 5G rollouts globally, spreading the benefits of premium indoor connectivity. It will also enable a variety of use cases for service providers and enterprises that will boost operational efficiency, safety, and user experience.”

Joe Madden, Founder and Chief Analyst, Mobile Experts, says: “The in-building wireless market is so diverse that products have remained extremely fragmented for years. Ericsson has pulled together a line-up of products that are more flexible and adaptable, to handle wide variations in the application. This approach can drive economy of scale, with common parts serving large and small buildings, with high capacity, low capacity, or multi-operator applications. This kind of digital backbone will enable deployment to scale up for larger numbers of buildings.”


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