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Vodafone Strengthens Signal with 'Network in a Briefcase'

Tim Maytom

vodafone briefcaseVodafone UK and Ericsson have partnered to introduce new mini base-station units, called the Ericsson Radio System, to London with the aim of boosting signal in key areas without the need for expensive and disruptive works.

The award-winning radio units are packed with the latest 4G mobile technology to give the greatest possible number of customers a faster and more reliable mobile connection, providing three times the capacity of a standard radio unit in a case that's half the size and weight.

The small form factor means that the units can help meet increasing data demands in key areas in an energy efficient fashion, and can be deployed to rooftops in urban areas without the need for cranes or similar equipment to move them into place. Engineers can simply carry the units and install them quickly and easily.

The first Ericsson Radio System has been installed in Southwark, London, and the network will be rolling the new system out across the capital and in other urban areas across the UK. As mobile data needs increase, Vodafone is exploring more deployment solutions that can keep up with customer demand.

The same technology also enables projects like the Instant Network, a portable mobile network that has been deployed in countries including Kenya and the Philippines following natural disasters, helping both locals and relief agencies to co-ordinate following catastrophes.

"We continue to look at new and innovative ways of providing improve mobile coverage in order to meet our customers' soaring demand for mobile data and video while minimising disruption to the general public and improving the aesthetics of the surrounding area," said Jorge Fernandes, chief technology officer for Vodafone UK.

"We are delighted to be partnering with Ericsson, one of our key network suppliers, on this project and look forward to further engaging with local councils and government to look at ways of reducing red tape around site planning for mobile mast installations."