G-Mobile, a major service provider in Mongolia, is deploying small cell base stations in conjunction with Alcatel-Lucent.
The operator aims to improve 3G mobile broadband coverage in densely populated areas such as shopping malls and stadiums in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar.
The city, which is home to approximately 45% of the country’s population, will be the location of an initial deployment to be followed by an expansion in 2014 covering the greater Ulaanbaatar area and other major Mongolian cities in 2014.
Alcatel-Lucent’s small cells can be placed inconspicuously in internal and external environments, offering a lower cost-per-bit solution for adding 3G mobile broadband coverage and capacity compared to traditional macro cells, repeaters, or distributed antenna systems (DAS). Small cells improve the quality of mobile coverage – both for voice and high speed data access - by making more effective use of available wireless spectrum.
BasBish.D, CEO of G-Mobile, said: “G-Mobile is determined to be a national leader in mobile broadband communications and to offer our subscribers better coverage in areas where they want it while also reducing our operating costs for that increased coverage. Small cells will enable us to sell many more smart devices and increase our market share among both households and enterprises.”
Daniel Rosie, Country Senior Officer of Mongolia for Alcatel-Lucent, said: “This small cell solution is the very first of its kind in the Mongolian telecom sector, by adding capacity and coverage exactly where it is needed.”