Netherlands-based operator KPN has inaugurated a C-RAN small cell in a bus stop on the Rembrandtplein in Amsterdam, Netherlands. It will offer its subscribers seamless coverage while moving in and out of the cell’s coverage area. KPN is utilizing Ericsson’s new Radio 2203 product to provide the service.
“The new Ericsson 2203 is small and light and evolves the micro part of Ericsson’s portfolio making it easier than ever to deploy small and efficient single and multi-band micro radio installations. This enables our customer to respond quickly to the growing demand for capacity from the consumers,” said Valter D’Avino, Head of Ericsson Western & Central Europe.
The product uses a centralized baseband to offer full coordination with the operator’s macro network. This centralized baseband provides optimal coordination between macro and small cells and delivers the best-possible TCO, performance and spectrum utilization. Inter-site carrier aggregation is added between macro cells operating on 800MHz and small cells on 1800MHz.