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Connecting the unconnected

With our technical innovations and services we can help you find sustainable and efficient ways to deliver mobile broadband to the 50% of the world’s population who are currently without internet connection.

In support of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Connect 2020 target of ensuring that more than 50% of people in the developing world have internet by 2020, we need to connect the unconnected. This means providing internet access to roughly 700 million new subscribers, equivalent to 500,000 new users each day, between now and 2020.

Upgrading from 2G to 3G/4G

Kids looking at a pad in school

To provide internet access, we need to improve the mobile user experience in underserved areas. The average download time can easily be improved by twenty times with 3G compared to 2G. This means the most straightforward way to improve consumer experience is to upgrade GSM networks and let that performance improvement enable and drive data usage and data growth.

Which sites do we upgrade?

Mapping sites with Ericsson's mobile broadband coverag tool

Today, there are hundreds of thousands GSM-only sites waiting to be upgraded to 3G and 4G. Which sites shall an operator start upgrading?
With our exclusive methods and our mobile broadband coverage tool, we can help you to find which sites that can make the most difference in your particular network and location.

Cost efficient solutions


To connect the unconnected, we need to build mobile broadband coverage in a sustainable and efficient way. Therefore, we have developed new cost efficient radios, cabinets and backhaul solutions. Using proper hardware not only saves initial investments but also OPEX, for example power consumption and general maintenance need.

Our TCO optimized portfolio

These new products and software provide the capabilities needed to reduce the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) up to 40% when rolling out our complete site solution for mobile broadband.

Psi Coverage, the energy efficient mobile broadband coverage enabler, is designed for maximum utilization in combination with lowest hardware material need leading to a faster return on investment.

Psi coverage

Our Antenna Integrated Radio, Ericsson AIR 2488, features multi-band with field replaceable radios and a pay as you grow business model and Ericsson Radio 2219 is a small and lightweight high output power radio up to 80 Watt and supports GSM, WCDMA and LTE, for smooth and cost-efficient spectrum re-farming.


MINI-LINK 6363 supporting low-cost licensing E-band, is the world’s first split mount E-band radio. It can be used for easy upgrade of existing MINI-LINK nodes and for cost efficient new deployments together with the new compact MINI-LINK 6651 indoor unit.

MINI-LINK outdoor units

Ericsson Baseband 5216, is the industry's first full mixed mode baseband. It can handle all three standards simultaneously on one single board.

Ericsson Site Controller

Ericsson Site Manager software paired with Ericsson Site Controller saves on energy costs by switching sites from “always on” to “always available” state, for energy efficiency and sustainability in your network.

A full range of new cost-efficient Enclosures for small cell sites to large complex multi-tenant sites that save space and protect investment.


Sign up for our webinar

We're offering a free webinar with Head of 2G and 3G RAN Functionality at Business Unit Network Products, Peter Malm, for anyone who wants to know more about how we can connect the unconnected in an efficient way. Register for the on demand webinar via the below link.

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