Ericsson is set to redefine the small cell market with the introduction of its newest product – an innovative indoor wireless solution. The Ericsson Radio Dot System is the result of 2 years of research and development, and incorporates 14 patents. The system will provide high-quality access to mobile broadband and voice services indoors, effectively addressing current coverage challenges.

At present, more than 70 percent of mobile traffic is generated indoors. However, there is no mainstream technology that can offer a complete and optimized solution to cost-effectively cover all building types and fulfill operator and user demands. Whereas uncoordinated Pico/Fem to and Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) were created for small and large environments, the Ericsson Radio Dot System is scalable for a wide range of building sizes.

Moreover, today’s DAS solutions are designed to accommodate voice coverage, meaning they are not built with future demands and developments in mind.Without a solution, the problem of indoor connectivity will increase in the coming years, with mobile data traffic projected to increase 12 times by 2018.

The Ericsson Radio Dot System will remove indoor bottlenecks by providing coverage to different kinds of users in medium to large indoor locations. The system uses an innovative antenna element – a radio dot – which enables high performance mobile broadband. One cell can be used to cover each floor, or multiple cells can be added to enhance capacity. Weighing only 300 grams (10.6 ounces) and small enough to fit in a person’s hand, the disk-shaped dots increase network capacity and improve the indoor user experience.