Current telecoms infrastructure needs to ramp up to address the forecasted tenfold growth in global mobile data traffic (by 2021). This is driving the requirement for increased mobile network densification and small cells. So, operators require more site options, which, in turn, create site acquisition challenges. Site approvals for locations in dense urban environments are getting increasingly difficult, and it is typically a 9-22 month process. Meanwhile, the requirements for camouflage and multi-application sites are continuously increasing.
Ericsson meets these challenges with site solutions that address a variety of expansion and installation options, and our compact radios enable fast and “invisible” deployments leveraging Zero Sites, Street Furniture Sites, and Vault Sites. These enable operators to reduce site rental costs by sharing site space in existing infrastructure. Cities are also becoming increasingly involved in decisions around network infrastructure, as they drive smart city initiatives supporting both mobile broadband for residents and new Internet of Things (IoT) applications.