Japan's SoftBank has decided to deploy the Ericsson Radio Dot System across Japan to deliver premium indoor connectivity to its subscribers.
SoftBank began extensive testing of the Radio Dot System and several other indoor solutions in Japan in June 2015 to evaluate its options for meeting the huge demand for better indoor coverage in mid-sized to large buildings.
Ericsson claims that the Radio Dot System proved its ability to enable high-performance voice and data coverage and capacity in a broad range of enterprise buildings and public venues, and will now be deployed for SoftBank later this year. Mass rollout will start in the densest urban areas in Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya, addressing buildings such as office towers, shopping malls, and train stations.
According to the Ericsson Mobility Report 2016, cellular data traffic is expected to increase by a factor of nine by 2020. This dramatic growth places a unique demand on mobile network operators to provide the necessary infrastructure and density required to serve the marketplace, especially in the underdeveloped indoor space.
The innovative Ericsson Radio Dot System features an elegant design, both in the product and the network architecture, enabling a simple deployment that is 100% integrated with the outdoor network.