Wednesday, February 10, 2016

KPN Deploys C-RAN for Small Cells

KPN has deployed a centralized radio access network (C-RAN) small cell solution from Ericsson at a bus stop on the Rembrandtplein in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The solution is equipped with Ericsson's new Radio 2203 offering and is fully integrated into the macro network using a centralized baseband deployment.

Ericsson said that using a common baseband provides optimal coordination between macro and small cells, and delivers the best-possible TCO, performance and spectrum utilization, which are key concerns when embedding small cells into an existing macro environment. Inter-site carrier aggregation is added between macro cells operating on 800MHz and small cells on 1800MHz. Seamless mobility is provided for users moving in and out of the small cell coverage area.

"The new 2203 is small and light and evolves the micro part of Ericsson's portfolio making it easier than ever to deploy small and efficient single and multi-band micro radio installations. This enables our customer to respond quickly to the growing demand for capacity from the consumers," Valter D'Avino, Head of Ericsson Western & Central Europe.

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