Ericsson introduces new multi-access GSM/WCDMA base station

Ericsson has introduced a new base station for both GSM and WCDMA access. The compact design simplifies modernization, speeds up new deployments and reduces total cost of ownership. It also increases capacity by 100 percent per square meter to cater for future traffic growth.

The new multi-access base station allows operators to combine GSM and WCDMA in the same footprint, reducing costs for both rollout and operation of a radio network.

Kurt Jofs, Executive Vice President, Business Unit Access, Ericsson, says: “The low total cost of ownership for the multi-access base station opens up new opportunities for operators who can address subscribers at monthly revenues as low as USD 2.”

The base station’s superior radio performance and flexible configurations can reduce the number of sites by up to 30 percent and power consumption by 20-50 percent. Reduced size, weight and modular design mean it can be carried to site, simplifying civil works, rollout and commissioning.

The compact design means the base station can provide capacity of 100 GSM transceivers or 50 WCDMA carriers per square meter, or a combination of them both. It increases capacity per square meter by 100 percent compared with previous industry-leading base stations from Ericsson.

“This base station will be also helpful for operators in big cities, where they face the challenge of finding new sites to cater for traffic growth,” Jofs says.