Ericsson has launched three new scalable small cell solutions to meet the growing demand for better mobile coverage and capacity while  preparing networks for 5G and IoT applications. The solutions are the Multi-Operator Dot, the Multi-Dot Enclosure for indoor deployments and the Strand-Mount Unit for outdoor micro radios. The Multi-Operator Dot solution delivers a set of radio dots that can be shared among multiple operators, with one operator managing the system and others providing radio frequency signals, similar to an active distributed antenna system (DAS). This new architecture allows up to four operators to broadcast over a single Dot solution, combining the multi-operator benefits of an active DAS solution with the performance, agility and cost-effective design of the Radio Dot System.

The Multi-Dot Enclosure combines multiple dots in a single enclosure. The enclosure has minimal impact on building aesthetics, is useful for multi-operator deployments and provides a cost saving option.

The Strand-Mount Unit for outdoor micro radios makes it easier to install the radios on the existing grid, hung on aerial coax, fibre, or electricity cables. Aerial-strand deployments are critical for scaling outdoor small cells and can be deployed for both single and multi-operator usage. The Strand-Mount Unit can support up to four micro radios, enabling multiple operators to utilise the same mount for cost-efficient deployments. The Strand-Mount Unit delivers superior outdoor coverage with zero footprint.

According to the company, the Multi-Operator Dot and the Multi-Dot Enclosure will enable service providers to offer an aes­the­tically pleasing complete multi-operator solution to custo­mers. This solution would be capable of extending coverage and capacity indoors using LTE/5G tight interworking. Further, the Strand-Mount Unit creates new opportunities for outdoor deployments for customers including telecom operators, cable operators and tower companies.