Global technology giant Ericsson has announced the launch of what it claims is the first triple-band, tri-sector radio that is 5G capable.
According to Ericsson, the Radio 6646 extends the multiband capabilities of its tri-sector products by combining 900, 800, and 700MHz frequency bands into one compact 2G to 5G-capable radio. The radio’s low-band spectrum capabilities will significantly boost both 5G coverage and mid-band (3.5GHz) performance while cutting energy consumption by 40% including the use of aluminium.
The new two-way radio supports the 700MHz band, which Ericsson has predicted to be one of the key spectrums for 5G SA deployments as low bands can extend the performance and reach of mid-band TDD. With three low bands combined, Radio 6646 can cover 2G to 5G spectrum as well as Internet of Things (IoT) connections.
David Hammarwall, head of product area networks at Ericsson, said: “Our new energy-efficient radio uniquely combines spectrum capabilities in an easy-to-install form factor. This will simplify deployments and extend 5G coverage, starting in Europe. With this latest innovation, service providers can scale up 5G Standalone deployments with new applications for consumers, enterprises, and mission-critical communications.”
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