Vodafone Oman and Ericsson take 5G indoors

Vodafone Oman and Ericsson take 5G indoors

Vodafone Oman and Ericsson have announced the deployment of a 5G indoor system at the Vodafone Experience Hub in Muscat’s Mall of Oman as well as the Vodafone Oman headquarter offices.

The partners say that visitors to the Experience Hub can now enjoy speeds of up to 600Mbps that allow for faster downloads, seamless browsing, low latency and streaming services.

The experience of up to 600Mbps speed is achieved with Radio Dot 4475 with Indoor Radio Unit (IRU) 8848 using 5G New Radio (NR) Time Division Duplex (TDD) Band 41 along with Band 3 in data aggregation mode – described as the first in the Middle East for this specific band combination. Radio Dot 4475 with Indoor Radio Unit (IRU) 8848 are part of the Ericsson Indoor 5G portfolio.

Radio Dot 4475, one of the smallest tri-band small cells and weighing just 1.5 kilograms, is a multi-band low-power radio transmitter with eight antenna elements. The IRU 8848 allows connections of up to eight next-generation Radio Dots in a single unit facilitating 5G and 4G deployment.

Ericsson 5G Radio Dot System supports multi-technology, multi-band, multi-operator and unlicensed deployments, as well as software features such as 4x4 MIMO, Carrier Aggregation, and 256 QAM in TDD mid-bands and FDD bands.

As for demand, Stelios Savvides, Technology Director at Vodafone Oman, points out: “With so much time spent at home, offices, shopping malls or in airports, the quality of indoor 5G coverage is quickly becoming a must-have for our customers.”

Another recent demonstration of indoor 5G took place recently when Ooredoo Qatar and Ericsson highlighted the successful implementation of what is described as the world’s first 5G indoor shareable solution in Qatar, achieving speeds of 1.5 gigabits per second.

The solution, called Ericsson Indoor Connect 8855, has been commercially deployed in stadiums across the country to enhance the immersive experience of international tournaments.

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