back to article Ericsson adds Dot to the office mobe coverage map

Ericsson has launched a palm-sized mobile phone base station called Dot, which camps on the office LAN to provide cellular coverage throughout your building and is managed by a radio stack in the basement. The Dot is styled to disappear into the office décor. Weighing only 300g, it's more than an antenna but less than a …

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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Alternately we could get the reception and service we pay the flippin mobile networks for?

    Maybe if they didn't keep wasting our money on pet projects the network would be better.

    1. SK

      The problem is in building coverage. Higher frequencies used for 3 and 4G do not propagate well through walls and you can have large numbers of punters gathered in indoor environments. So you need to supplement the network with these sort of solutions.

  2. VCVC

    Dot vs Lightradio

    Interesting comparison with Alcatel's Lightradio. If Ericsson is saying you need to lay a new Ethernet cable for its Dots anyway is the need for a fiberoptic cable for Lightradio such a disadvantage? And is it really that hard to make Lightradio work over Ethernet cable instead of fiberoptic?

    1. JetSetJim Silver badge

      Re: Dot vs Lightradio

      Plus you seem to need to lay fibre to connect up the "digital unit" with the "indoor radio unit". The Dot just seems to be a remote radio head. Additionally, ALU offer an ethernet based indoor small cell, too.

  3. Henry Wertz 1 Gold badge

    Smug mode enabled

    "The problem is in building coverage. Higher frequencies used for 3 and 4G do not propagate well through walls and you can have large numbers of punters gathered in indoor environments. So"

    Not to rub it in, but my voice and 3G are at 800mhz and 4G LTE is at 700mhz here in the US. *smug mode enabled*

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