Etisalat has become the first operator in Egypt to deploy Ericsson’s Radio Dot System.
The Egyptian operator said the deployment of the small cell technology would support in-building coverage for its consumer and enterprise customers for both voice and data services.
Khalid Murshed, Etisalat CTO, said: “Ericsson’s Radio Dot System will enable us to offer our customers a better user experience. We are consistently placing the needs of our customers first, and this system will ensure that they enjoy the best possible indoor mobile connectivity.”
Isil Ozturk Yalcin, Head of Ericsson Customer Unit North East Africa, added: “Our belief is that state-of-the-art technology is vital for operators to provide the customer experience to succeed in competitive markets, such as Egypt.”
The partnership is the latest in the small cell market, which has just achieved more than 10 million deployments. The Small Cell Forum said last week that more than 75 operators are using the technology as they look to deal with capacity issues.
The industry body is also working with ETSI to develop new standards for virtualised small cells.
At Mobile World Congress earlier this month, Vodafone said it was also using Ericsson’s Radio Dot System to improve voice and data services in its stores across the Netherlands. The operator said consumers would be able to benefit from speeds of up to 300MBps.