Ericsson starts trials for its Zero Site solution in Santander, the first deployment in Spain. Zero Site integrates small cells with streetlamps to provide optimal urban mobile broadband coverage with minimal visual impact. The solution, jointly developed by Ericsson and Philips, addresses two major issues facing cities across the globe: the fast pace of urbanization and the challenge faced by operators and utilities in acquiring sites in dense areas. LED technology can provide power savings (opex) of 50 percent to 80 percent.

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has installed its first Zero Site solution in Spain. Located in the northern city of Santander, this solution combines advanced radio equipment for urban mobile broadband coverage and new-generation LED lighting technology which provides power savings in opex of 50 percent to 80 percent. The pole installed in Santander supports 4G (2,600MHz) mobile broadband.

By 2050, 70 percent of the world’s population will live in cities. Jointly developed by Ericsson and Philips, Zero Site addresses two major issues facing cities across the globe. One is that the world’s urban population is growing at the rate of 7,500 people per hour, creating an increasing need for basic services such as mobile broadband, app coverage and street lighting. The other key issue is the challenge faced by operators and utilities in acquiring sites in dense urban environments.

Zero Site integrates a small cell solution with streetlamps to provide optimal urban mobile broadband coverage with minimal visual impact, making bulk site acquisition possible in cities and supporting mass deployment.

José Antonio López, Head of Ericsson in Iberia, says: “Our cities are entering a new phase of technology and social transformation brought about by the expansion of cloud services, mobile devices, sensors and big data. In this context, intelligent networks will be fundamental for smart cities and for the digital economy ecosystem.

“Today, there are 100 times more streetlamps in the world than there are telecom sites. Streetlamp poles are everywhere in cities, but many of them need updating. Our Zero Site solution offers city officials an innovative way to modernize lighting infrastructure and bring the best mobile broadband experience to their citizens,” he says.

Iñigo de la Serna, Mayor of Santander, acknowledges the contribution of ICT companies to the development of Smart Santander, which has become now an urban lab for ICT.

He says: “Santander is proud to participate in these important developments in ICT innovation, especially when it comes to the Internet of Things, which greatly contributes to our consolidation as a smart city.”

Zero Site allows for multiple site configurations with optional modules according to specific city needs, with all equipment encapsulated inside the pole and underground. It supports radio access from 2G to 4G and unlicensed technologies like Wi-Fi.

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