Ericsson said it will launch a three-sector dual-band radio to help communication service providers (CSPs) increase their 5G frequency capacity in frequency division duplex (FDD).

In a press release, the Swedish operator said that the introduction of Radio 6626 will benefit network operators even if their site towers already have 2G, 3G and 4G radios.

The new offer offers multi-standard and multi-band coverage and could reduce energy consumption by up to 50%, according to Ericsson.

The three-sector dual-band radio 6626 combines two frequencies and six ports in one device. That ability allows a radio to provide power to all three sectors of the tower, Ericsson said.

The manufacturer added that the new radio will be available in 900 MHz and 800 MHz dual band versions, as well as 1.8 GHz and 2.1 GHz dual band.

The Ericsson Radio 6626 is operated by Ericsson Silicon, which can provide an output power of 720 W. It weighs less than 45kg.

Ericsson is also launching the Voltage Booster 6640, which, according to the manufacturer, minimizes the need for new cables as it increases the power capacity of the radios by up to 50%, even though existing cables are used. By adding the Ericsson Voltage Booster 6640 instead of swapping cables, CSPs can save up to 70% on hardware and installation costs, says Ericsson.

The end-to-end offer also includes:

-Baseband 6631, the newest multi-standard RAN computing pathway for towers running multiple technologies from 2G to 5G

-Microwave-based MINI-LINK 6352 that adds up to 10 Gbit / s with E-band and aggregates with existing microwave radios. The multiband booster design increases the backhaul capacity without taking up space and reduces operating costs

The Swedish company also noted that the new products complement the recently launched Massive MIMO and RAN Compute portfolios – with the aim of making it easier for CSP to adopt commercial 5G services.

David Hammarwall, Head of Radio Product Line, Ericsson said: “Our new dual band radio with three sectors enables communications service providers to significantly reduce radio requirements and on-site installation time. At the same time, it reduces total electricity consumption by up to 50%. This will help our customers increase capacity and further accelerate 5G coverage with ubiquitous FDD bands. “

“The new high-performance, multiband, multisector radios from Ericsson will meet Telma’s need for more efficient tower upgrades. You will bring noticeable OPEX advantages in minimizing power consumption, weight on the tower and faster introduction. We are excited to deploy Ericsson’s multi-standard technology solutions with the smallest footprint in the industry, ”said Patrick Pisal-Hamida, Group CEO, Telma Madagascar.