Ericsson has joined forces with Philips Lighting to launch a new connected street light, with cities and citizens to benefit from energy efficient LED lighting and high-speed 4G/LTE broadband connectivity without cluttering the cityscape.
The Ericsson Lightpole Site Slim integrates Philips’ energy efficient LED lighting with Ericsson’s leading small cell technology, including its micro Radio 2203 and 2205 solutions, along with the Baseband 6502, to enable high-speed broadband connectivity. The new connected lightpoles are an unobtrusive addition to cityscapes by taking on the familiar street lightpole design used across Europe and around the world.
According to the Ericsson Mobility Report 2016, cellular data traffic is expected to grow nine times by 2020, placing a unique demand on mobile network operators to provide the necessary infrastructure and density required to serve the market. On top of this, operators are struggling to acquire new cell sites in public areas to provide the best possible mobile broadband coverage for their customers.
The Ericsson Lightpole Site Slim solves this problem by integrating into any streetscape with minimal visual impact, through availability in different heights, colors and styles. Operators are then able to rent space in the connected light poles to densify their networks and provide citizens with increased broadband connection points.
Nishant Batra, Head of Network Infrastructure Products, says: “Delivering connectivity at street-level can often be a challenge due to site acquisitions, aesthetics, and approvals. However, the Ericsson Lightpole Site Slim, with Ericsson’s integrated small cells, blends seamlessly into outdoor environments, while enabling operators to provide a robust mobile broadband experience to their subscribers.”
Ericsson Lightpole Site Slim will be showcased during this year’s Mobile World Congress, held in Barcelona, Spain. The connected lightpoles will be deployed hosting cellular services from Telefonica and Orange, close to the Fira Gran Via venue site, allowing nearby attendees and citizens experience the solution themselves and benefit from enhanced connectivity.
Ericsson at Mobile World Congress 2017
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