Ericsson and Kathrein have teamed up to create a small cell that mounts to a manhole cover.
Ericsson and Kathrein developed the solution for Swisscom. The in-ground antenna system aims to enhance capacity in high traffic areas.
Kathrein has started to market the new system worldwide.
Swisscom developed the concept of a micro cell in which the base station is incorporated into existing cable manholes of the landline infrastructure. According to a press release, the antenna is embedded into the ground in the immediate vicinity by way of a core drilling and is not visible.
To bring the solution to life, Swisscom chose Ericsson to provide the base station and Kathrein for the antenna solution.
Following a trial period in Bern, the antenna will be brought into operation in selected cities in Switzerland in early 2016.
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