Equipment manufacturer Ericsson is expanding its portfolio of 5G radios with three new offerings geared toward urban environments, the company disclosed.
For its Street Solutions line, Ericsson designed the compact, lightweight radios to seamlessly blend in with streetlights, buildings and other urban hardscapes, the company said. It said the radios would allow communications service providers (CSPs) to build robust 5G service across all bands in urban environments while blending in seamlessly with the cityscapes.
“Urban deployments are critical for reaching the full potential of 5G,” said Kevin Zvokel, head of networks for Ericsson North America. “We know CSPs are looking for ways to deploy quickly and with simplicity, maximizing the 5G user experience while leveraging minimally intrusive equipment. Ericsson’s solutions do just this and can bring a complete 5G network to life across all bands.”
Made with Ericsson Silicon, the company’s system-on-a-chip technology, the radios are:
Street Radio 4402. Designed to turn a streetlight into a low- or mid-band 5G site in 15 minutes, these compact radios are an industry-unique collaboration with Ubicquia, boosting 4G and 5G experience with zero footprint.
AIR 4435. The 4T4R street antenna-integrated radio is designed for minimum footprint and easy installations, adding mid-band capacity to macro coverage gaps.
Street Macro 6705. A mmWave base station with integrated RAN compute is an end-to-end solution with low visual effect.
The Street Solutions line also includes transport solutions for any 5G street site, with wired and wireless backhaul and fronthaul solutions. Zero-footprint power systems for street and hotspot sites are carry-to-site, with low maintenance and operations costs.
Ericsson said that 5G deployments are accelerating across the country at a faster rate than expected. According to its annual mobility report, by the end of 2021, 25 percent of the global population will have 5G coverage. In North America, Ericsson said, more than 360 million 5G subscriptions are anticipated in the region by 2026, accounting for 84 percent of mobile subscriptions.
According to Ericsson, however, connectivity can suffer in dense urban environments, and as 5G comes to U.S. cities, urban rollouts are grappling with challenges such as how to deploy non-intrusive sites, how best to use all frequency layers, and how to streamline site permitting and installation. Many sites need to expand 5G capacity, and hotspots and streets need strengthened capacity in both low, mid and high-band to build a complete 5G network as traffic grows, the manufacturer said.