Alcatel-Lucent has its cube-shaped lightRadio, and now Ericsson has a dot-shaped one, notes FierceWireless. Ericsson’s new Radio Dot System is a disk-shaped small cell that can fit in the palm of a hand and be placed on walls or ceilings to boost indoor voice and data coverage.
Dots are connected and powered via standard internet LAN cables that link to a base station. Radio Dot System leverages the same industry-leading features found in Ericsson’s macro base station. Dots emit 100 milliwatts effective radiated power each to cover 500 to 800 meters with higher power versions in the works. They appear to the base station as one large cell and allow handovers between Dots for users moving inside a building.
The Radio Dot System also supports integration with Ericsson’s carrier Wi-Fi, enabling real-time traffic steering across both Wi-Fi and cellular networks. The product is expected to be commercially available in late 2014.