Small cells are currently one of the biggest topics for mobile operators to consider as they form their network strategy. But how do you decide to what extent you should deploy small cells and how should you integrate them into your network?

Vodafone Hutchison, Australia needed to find the answers to these questions when they set out to define their five year network strategy.

With so many variables to consider when formulating their long term investment plan, Vodafone Hutchinson looked for a partner that could provide the expertise and insight into the potential and trade-offs of using small cells amongst other technology options.

Ericsson provided a model reflecting future spectrum, future technologies and future traffic conditions covering all radio types including small cells. This model gave Vodafone Hutchison the needed clarity on where, when and how to deploy small cells as a key input into their cost/benefit study.

Challenge

Increasing data volumes demand increased network capacity in the most efficient manner in terms of use of spectrum and cost.

Understanding the role of small cells when defining a 5-year network strategy.

Solution

Ericsson’s Heterogeneous Network Strategic Analysis service provides expertise and modelling of how future design would perform using a future mix of technologies, some of which are not yet available.

Result

In-depth modeling and needed clarity on where, when and how to deploy small cells as input into a five-year network strategy.


Customer Profile

Vodafone Hutchison Australia

Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) operates the Vodafone and Crazy John's brands. Formed in June 2009 following a merger between Vodafone Australia and Hutchison 3G Australia, VHA provides mobile services to more than 6.8 million customers in Australia.

In Australia, Vodafone is operated by Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA), a 50:50 joint venture between Vodafone Group Plc and Hutchison 3G Australia.

Website: www.vodafone.com.au