Enabling 5G massive MIMO with innovative hybrid sites
Winning 5G site solution modernization
Leading Swiss service provider Swisscom are on their journey to swap legacy 2G to 4G equipment and deploy 5G capacity across 102 locations throughout the country. The 5G site grid needs to provide wide mid-band capacity while re-using established sites and minimizing additional footprint. To address these needs and more, Ericsson has designed a new hybrid site solution for excellent multi-standard capabilities and 5G performance.
Ericsson leveraged on the latest Kathrein Mobile Communications (KMC) antenna technology, and designed the Hybrid AIR site solution. By combining multi frequency low band support with the AIR 3239, in a single unit, no extra footprint is needed for massive MIMO 5G. The new site solution for Swisscom introduces 3.5GHz support using a 32TRx radio on existing sites. This is ideal for urban areas, where the acquisition of new site space is difficult and deployments are time consuming. At the same time population is dense, and the mobile broadband demand is high. The Hybrid AIR single box solution means less time and complexity to secure 5G site approval, and consequently, easier and cost-effective deployments.
Daniel Staub, Head of Mobile, Swisscom
Mikael Eriksson, Head of Kathrein Mobile Communication, Ericsson
- Introduces 5G massive MIMO while reusing existing infrastructure andantenna positions
- Faster deployments with one unit for all technologies – enables easy installation, zero added rental costs
- Optimal RF and thermal performance by using a single vendor solution
Swisscom is the leading provider of communication, IT and entertainment in Switzerland. Outside of Switzerland, Swisscom operates Fastweb in Italy. Swisscom has more than 19,000 employees and is one of the most innovative and sustainable companies in Switzerland.