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Ericsson Launches AIR 32 to boost mobile broadband coverage and capacity

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Ericsson has announced the launch of AIR 32 that enables the introduction of LTE and HSPA without requiring additional antennas or radio units to be added to network sites. In addition, AIR 32 allows multiple active frequencies in a single unit, enabling a further 50 percent reduction of radio equipment.

T-Mobile USA is currently using products from the AIR portfolio in its ongoing network transformation program.

Ericsson says that compared with existing AIR products, AIR 32 enables up to 70 percent higher throughput, substantially improving consumer experience of mobile-broadband services. This is achieved by enabling up to four simultaneous transmission streams, over the AIR 32 4x4 multiple-input, multiple-output configuration.

AIR 32 also offers up to 25 percent increased indoor coverage compared with existing AIR products. This substantially improves the reliability of indoor mobile-broadband services. Considering that an estimated 70 percent of all data traffic occurs indoors, improved indoor coverage is vital for an enhanced user experience.

AIR was first launched during MWC 2011 as the world's first solution that compactly integrates the radio unit and the antenna. Today, it is in full serial production, available in multiple versions and bands, and deployed at major customers in high volumes worldwide.

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