KPN, Ericsson get LTE moving with C-RAN bus stop small cells

Dutch operator KPN has rolled out a suite of small cells based on C-RAN architecture after successful trials in Amsterdam and The Hague.

The operator has extended the range and speed of its LTE coverage in Amsterdam by rolling out live small cells capable of integrating with its existing base station infrastructure. By being compatible with C-RAN architecture, Ericsson – which is providing the solution – reckons the small cells are fully integrated into the macro network using a centralised baseband deployment.

KPN says the new small cells are capable of supporting carrier aggregation for LTE-Advanced; cells have been installed at bus stops in the city capable of delivering live speeds of up to 200Mbps to users.

The operator’s director of mobile networks, Jacob Groote, says this along with the agility presented by utilising a centralised, cloud-enhanced radio network infrastructure is only a good thing for KPN and its customers.

“Large crowds gather at the Rembrandtplein and especially during weekends a great amount of data is consumed,” he said. “Thanks to this new generation Ericsson small cell, which also fits nicely into the urban landscape, KPN’s 4G quality at the Rembrandtplein will be better than ever. Thanks to these new applications, in addition to the existing nationwide covering mobile network, we can respond quickly and flexible to our customers’ growing demand for capacity and the news of the smart city.”

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