Ericsson successfully completed the first commercial deployment of Ericsson Elastic Radio Access Network (RAN) for SoftBank’s mobile network in Japan. This has resulted in an increase of downlink user data throughput up to 40% during the peak commuting hours, says a release from Ericsson.
Ericsson Elastic Radio Access Network (RAN) is included within the Ericsson Cloud RAN solution. It can coordinate unlimited number of cells across the entire network providing flexibility in the aggregation of the different network cell carriers independent of user location. This improves the overall network performance.
Commenting on the deployment, Hideyuki Tsukuda, Senior Vice President and Deputy Head of Technology Unit, SoftBank Corp. said, “The Japanese market is highly developed, and our customers enjoy using the latest mobile broadband technologies with their smartphones and applications. We are excited to partner with Ericsson in the first introduction of the Elastic RAN solution to enable peak performance of the most advanced smartphones in the world, in the densest and most challenging areas of our network. We are now expanding Elastic RAN deployment to further deliver high performance throughout our network.”
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SoftBank plans to deploy Ericsson’s Elastic Radio Access Network throughout dense urban network areas.
“Tokyo presents a challenging network environment with very high mobile data usage with short distances between cell sites. This makes inter-cell coordination complex, which is critical to the aggregation of cell carriers required to achieve high performance. Elastic RAN introduces a new paradigm with respect to the way we achieve inter-cell coordination by creating borderless coordination areas. We are pleased to work with SoftBank to meet their customers’ evolving and ever-expanding needs,” said Mikael Eriksson, Head of Ericsson – Japan.