Ericsson Redefines Small Cell Market With Ericsson Radio Dot System

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Sept. 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --
  * Minimalist small cell radio will fully integrate with macro mobile networks    and leverage existing indoor wiring and outdoor cellular infrastructure  *  Elegant, dot-shaped design is unobtrusive in environment but packs a big    punch for coverage and capacity and improves indoor user experience  * 14 patents back the innovative solutionEricsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) is launching a cellular radio that is small enough tofit a person's hand, but provides enough indoor network coverage for a crowd.The disk-shaped, break-through solution, called Ericsson Radio Dot System,addresses a broad range of scenarios for providing high-quality access to mobilebroadband and voice services indoors.An in-building environment presents a special set of challenges for mobileoperators, concerning complexity, scalability and service continuity. Currentindoor solutions are built mainly for voice coverage and do not meet the growingcapacity demands of apps. Covering major parts of buildings has beenchallenging, for reasons such as high costs and limited scalability.Ericsson Radio Dot System is compact and offers flexible mounting. The deviceweighs 300 grams, is the result of two years of research and development, andincorporates 14 patents. It introduces a revolutionary antenna element, or"dot," which delivers mobile broadband access to users. Because of itsconvenient size, scalability, and compelling evolution path, this product catersto different kinds of users in medium to large indoor locations, and aims toaddress operators' needs of offering a complete indoor solution.Dots are connected and powered via standard internet LAN cables (Category5/6/7) to indoor radio units that link to a base station. Radio Dot Systemleverages the same industry-leading features found in Ericsson's macro basestation. Deployments and upgrades are simple, addressing growing capacity andcoverage requirements. Thus the users' experience is consistent wherever they goand the indoor network evolves in lockstep with the outdoor network. EricssonRadio Dot System supports integration with Ericsson's carrier Wi-Fi portfolioenabling features such as real-time traffic steering to ensure the best userexperience across both Wi-Fi and 3GPP networks.Johan Wibergh, head of Ericsson Business Unit Networks, says: "With the RadioDot System we lower the threshold to building indoor coverage. The dot is themost cost-effective, no-compromise solution to the indoor coverage challengesexpressed by our customers. It is ultra-small but can scale to virtuallyunlimited capacity; it is easy to install, future proof and it is 100 percentintegrated with existing mobile networks."The product has already been gaining interest from mobile operators in theUnited States. Kris Rinne, Senior Vice President, Network and Product Planning,AT&T Services, Inc., says: "Small cells are a key component of AT&T's ProjectVIP network enhancement program as we seek to constantly improve our customers'mobile Internet experience. Delivering a great wireless experience indoors canpresent both technical and logistical challenges. A solution like the EricssonRadio Dot System gives AT&T another tool to choose from in its next-generationtoolkit."Ken Rehbehn, Principal Analyst, Yankee Group,says:  "Sleek form factors thatfocus radio capability to solve the indoor deployment challenge in a fresh andcompelling way will be welcomed into a wide variety of business and officevenues. Ericsson Radio Dot System leverages existing indoor wire facilities toreduce installation hurdles and cost, and because it builds on Ericsson standardradio architecture, it provides an extensive feature set without compromisingfuture evolution."The product is expected to be commercially available in late 2014.WebcastEricsson will webcast the announcement in conjunction with its Analyst Forum inNorth America on Sept 25 at 3pm PT/11pm UK time/Sept 26 at 12am CET.  Access thewebcast on: www.ericsson.com/press.An on-demand version will be available shortly afterwards.NOTES TO EDITORSVideo of in-design solutionsMedia kit: Download high-resolution photos, infographics and broadcast-qualityvideo at www.ericsson.com/press and www.youtube.com/ericssonMore information about the product:www.ericsson.com/ourportfolio/products/radio-dot-systemEricsson is a world-leading provider of communications technology and services.We are enabling the Networked Society with efficient real-time solutions thatallow us all to study, work and live our lives more freely, in sustainablesocieties around the world.Our offering comprises services, software and infrastructure within Informationand Communications Technology for telecom operators and other industries.Today40 percent of the world's mobile traffic goes through Ericsson networks and wesupport customers' networks servicing more than 2.5 billion subscriptions.We are more than 110,000 people working with customers in more than 180countries. Founded in 1876, Ericsson is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. In2012 the company's net sales were SEK 227.8 billion (USD 33.8 billion). Ericssonis listed on NASDAQ OMX, Stockholm and NASDAQ, New York stock exchanges.www.ericsson.comwww.ericsson.com/newswww.twitter.com/ericssonpresswww.facebook.com/ericssonwww.youtube.com/ericssonFOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACTEricsson Corporate CommunicationsPhone: +46 10 719 69 92E-mail: media.relations@ericsson.comEricsson Investor RelationsPhone: +46 10 719 00 00E-mail: investor.relations@ericsson.comEricsson redefines small cell market with Ericsson Radio Dot System: http://hugin.info/1061/R/1731153/578785.pdf[HUG#1731153]