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SingTel trials Ericsson’s solution to improve in-building mobile broadband in Singapore

Nurdianah Md Nur | Jan. 2, 2015
The Radio Dot System will ensure that SingTel customers will receive consistently high-performance voice and data coverage, regardless of their location in the republic.

Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) is conducting a trial of Ericsson's Radio Dot System to enhance the in-building mobile broadband experience in Singapore.

Currently held at Changi Business Park, the pilot will be extended to SingTel's LTE and 3G network coverage into enterprise buildings and public venues in the republic if it is successful.

According to Ericsson Mobility Report, mobile data traffic will grow by 17 times over the next five years due to increasing apps and videos consumption. Since apps and videos may require Internet connectivity and users spend a majority of their time indoors, operators need to enhance their network coverage and performance indoors to meet consumer demands, said Nicholas Seow, president of Ericsson Singapore and Brunei.

Ericsson's Radio Dot System is designed to deliver consistently high-performance voice and data coverage in enterprise buildings and public venues. It is able to do so as it ensures that the indoor network evolves in lockstep with the outdoor network, said Ericsson in a media statement.

The solution also features an antenna element called "dot", which delivers mobile broadband access to users. Dots are connected and powered via standard Internet local area network (LAN) cables (category 5/6/7) to indoor radio units that link to a base station, according to Ericsson.

Given its benefits, convenient size, and ease of deployment, the Radio Dot System is suitable to be installed in a wide variety of buildings in Singapore, said Tay Soo Meng, SingTel's group chief technology officer.

He added that it is hoped that the pilot will "deliver the fastest and most consistent mobile services to help improve SingTel's customer experience in both commercial and public buildings."


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