Ericsson and Skanska jointly develop indoor broadband for smart buildings

1 March 2015 (Last Updated March 1st, 2015 18:30)

Ericsson and construction group Skanska have partnered to test and build mobile infrastructure in indoor environments using the new Ericsson radio dot system.

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Ericsson and construction group Skanska have partnered to test and build mobile infrastructure in indoor environments using the new Ericsson radio dot system.

The ultra-compact, indoor, small cell solution radio dot system will improve mobile broadband coverage and capacity, and provide better indoor coverage for buildings.

Radio dot will benefit both business and consumer users across a broad range of structures and venues.

Skanska Sweden vice-president Håkan Stenström said: "Skanska develops and build homes, offices and infrastructure and our job is to help make living, working and traveling easier.

"One of the ways we can do this is by facilitating high-performance mobile communications within our buildings to enable the development of smart services for residents.

"At the same time, we aim to be the industry leader in sustainable building practices so we are very interested in working with Ericsson to explore ways to improve mobile broadband coverage and capacity in our buildings in a way that complements our focus on sustainability and green construction.

"This solution makes it possible to optimize the use of energy in the building."

The Radio Dot System, which delivers performance app coverage indoors, has been deployed in commercial office buildings worldwide and is said to have proven the benefits of the small cell architecture.

"We are very interested in working with Ericsson to explore ways to improve mobile broadband coverage and capacity in our buildings."

Following installation, mobile data throughput in the buildings has improved by up to five times and dropped calls have reduced to zero.

Ericsson business unit radio senior vice-president and head Arun Bansal said: "Ericsson shares Skanska's commitment to sustainability so we are excited to work with them to jointly deploy the Ericsson radio dot system for both 3G and LTE, evaluate opportunities for scaling and explore different use cases from consumer mobile voice and data to new IoT applications.

"The radio dot's iconic design is welcome in any environment and the benefits it delivers have already been proven around the world."

The antenna element of Ericsson radio dot system delivers mobile broadband access to users.

Weighing less than 300g, it is claimed to be compact, easy to install and has a convenient size, scalability and compelling evolution path.


Image: The Ericsson office in Kista, Sweden. Photo: courtesy of Ericsson.