November 22, 2016 — Ericsson is launching a tower-top site design that enables operators to deploy a fully-integrated suite of radio and microwave, including 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G technologies, with zero footprint.
The integrated tower-top site design, developed by Ericsson’s Region Sub-Saharan Africa, addresses these challenges is a multi-band and multi-standard solution where baseband, radios, and antenna are combined using Ericsson’s latest radio system, and to which microwave backhaul can also be added. Finally, the system provides evolved RAN capability for capacity expansion and modernization.
Simply put, the system can be expanded without replacing the entire tower-top assembly.
“Using industry-standard elements, the site offers improved range, better sensitivity, increased capacity and expandability while weighing less and consuming less power. As a region, we are proud to have taken the lead in the development of this first of its kind design,” said Jean-Claude Geha, head of Region Sub-Saharan Africa at Ericsson
The tower-top site will be demonstrated at AfricaCom, Africa’s technology and ICT conference and is expected to be commercially available in Q3 2017.