As 4G demand balloons, here come the “super” base stations
Mobile World Congress kicks off in a little more than a week, and while most of the tech world might be anticipating the Barcelona show for the launch of Samsung Galaxy S6, MWC is actually the place where the newest network gear makes its debut. This year network equipment makers seem particularly focused on building bigger, badder base stations — the processing workhorses of any cellular network — as demand for more LTE speed and capacity hits new highs around the world.
Ahead of MWC, Ericsson announced its newest base station, simply called the Radio System, which can support 24 individual cells, 80,000 simultaneous 4G connections and 960 MHz of total bandwidth on a single baseband unit. What does that mean exactly? Well, lets take one of Ericsson’s customers Verizon as a hypothetical example.