The two millionth radio base station has been delivered by Ericsson, the company has announced. The unit was an Ericsson RBS 6000 unit, delivered as part of a mobile broadband network expansion project.
Ericsson says it has supplied the majority of HSPA networks operating at speeds of 14.4 Mbps or higher, and claims to be the only supplier participating in all major 4G/LTE network builds currently underway. Ericsson's mobile network equipment in total already connects more than 1.5 billion people worldwide, it says.
"Ericsson's milestone delivery is proof of the explosive growth of mobile broadband," said Ericsson's Vice President and Head of Radio Networks Ulf Ewaldsson. "The exponential growth in consumer adoption, data speeds and technology advancements continues to transform the way people communicate. As the world leader in mobile communications, Ericsson is proud of its role in advancing the industry."
A main driver behind the massive acceleration of deliveries is said to be Ericsson's RBS 6000, a multi-standard, energy-efficient base station that supports GSM/EDGE, WCDMA/HSPA and LTE in a single package. The RBS 6000 series products are available in indoor, outdoor and main-remote packages. Its compact design requires only 25 percent of the space used by previous generations while at the same time increasing capacity by over 10 times. The RBS 6000 series is said to substantially reduce power consumption by 20 to 65 percent, compared to earlier Ericsson radio base stations thereby. They are the most energy efficient and best-in-class base stations available in the industry.