Ericsson launches new suite of innovations to address the digital divide and bring mobile broadband coverage to the remaining three billion people who are without mobile broadband access.
In an attempt to make sense for the low-ARPU (average revenue per user) markets, the new suite is sought to include software and hardware additions to Ericsson Radio System to leverage the capabilities needed to reduce the total cost of ownership by up to 40 percent when rolling out Ericsson’s total site solution for mobile broadband.
With new unique mobile broadband tools deplyment, operators are known to identify which sites in a GSM/EDGE coverage area have the highest number of users who already have internet-ready devices. Operators can then determine where it makes more sense to convert those sites first to HSPA or 4G/LTE, so that the greatest number of people will enjoy the benefits of mobile broadband.
Citing on the new development, Arun Bansal, Head of Business Unit Network Products, Ericsson said, “These are among the most important additions to our product portfolio for mobile broadband coverage growth ever. Ericsson supports the International Telecommunication Union’s Connect 2020 target of ensuring that more than 50 percent of people in the developing world are using the internet by 2020. In order to reach this goal, together we will need to connect roughly 500,000 new users to the internet each day. Ericsson continues innovating so that operators can create viable business even in rural or off-grid settings, and to make the most difference with every investment.”
Rajesh Singh, President, Corporate Network Planning, Idea, said, “India is a very diverse market so our greatest need in challenging areas is to complement the existing GSM networks with WCDMA and LTE access. We see the Radio 2219 and Psi Coverage as important assets when we extend mobile broadband coverage across the country.”
The new suite of solutions consists of: Ericsson Site Manager software paired with Ericsson Site Controller, Radio 2219, Antenna Integrated Radio, AIR 2488, MINI-LINK 6363, MINI-LINK 6651 indoor unit and new additions to the Ericsson Enclosure family. It also includes new software enhancements to both the Zero Touch WCDMA and Flow of Users solutions.
Ericsson radio site solution for developing markets, including newly launched Radio 2219, GSM + WCDMA, rail mounted on the wall, MINI-LINK 6363 and Enclosure 6130.