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Ericsson RBS 6402

The RBS 6402 is a high-performance indoor multi-standard/mixed-mode - LTE, WCDMA and Wi-Fi - small cell with carrier aggregation that delivers 300 Mbps LTE in a tablet-sized footprint. It cost-effectively serves the needs of smaller commercial buildings, which have the same mobile broadband coverage and capacity requirements as their larger counterparts, but where this must be achieved at lower cost.

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The RBS 6402 is a high-performance indoor multi-standard/mixed-mode - LTE, WCDMA and Wi-Fi - small cell with carrier aggregation that delivers 300 Mbps LTE in a tablet-sized footprint. It cost-effectively serves the needs of smaller commercial buildings, which have the same mobile broadband coverage and capacity requirements as their larger counterparts, but where this must be achieved at lower cost.

RBS 6402 launch background

In 2013, Ericsson launched the Radio Dot System, redesigning the small cell architecture to address a wide range of underserved buildings, but the price-performance barrier for smaller buildings was still an opportunity to address. 

Now the RBS 6402, a high-performance indoor multi-standard/mixed-mode small cell that delivers 300 Mbps LTE in a tablet-sized footprint cost-effectively serves the needs for smaller sites, which we estimate account for more than 10 million commercial buildings worldwide.

With the Ericsson small cell and carrier Wi-Fi portfolio, mobile operators can address their consumer, enterprise customers and new industrial opportunities in any indoor and outdoor environment.

Customer situation

To satisfy their consumer and business customers, grow in mobile enterprise and expand into new industries, mobile operators must deliver consistently high performance indoor app coverage.  Current indoor wireless solutions will not enable operators to address the broad range of buildings and venues that they are targeting as they seek to grow their current mobile business and expand in enterprise.

Daryl Schoolar, Principal Analyst of Wireless Infrastructure, Ovum, says: “The indoor area, especially serving enterprise users, has started to heat up when it comes to small cells. It is the area where Ovum has seen the highest level of activity for small cell solutions. Unfortunately, many of those solutions create another network silo for the mobile operator as they aren’t fully integrated or coordinated with the rest of the network.  By deploying small cells as an almost separate network the mobile operator cannot fully leverage the overall network performance. Ericsson has addressed this with its new small cell that offers feature parity and tight coordination with the macro cell.  At the same time the RBS 6402 is a very strong small cell product on its own, with a combined feature set I don’t see any other small cell offering at this time.”

Ericsson's offering

The RBS 6402 is optimized for indoor environments up to 5,000 square meters (roughly 54,000 square feet) and packages four 250 milliwatt 3GPP radios as well as dual-band 200 milliwatt WiFi in a sleek 2.8 liter form factor.

It is the first indoor picocell with carrier aggregation that doubles capacity and delivers 300 Mbps LTE speeds in a tablet-sized footprint.

With 10-bands, 3- technologies multi-standard (LTE, WCDMA and Wi-Fi) as well as mixed-mode capabilities it's most flexible on the market.

Moreover, it offers remote software activation of frequency bands for future spectrum and refarming opportunities.

Finally, it's easy deployed, network-live in 10 minutes with plug-and-play installation leveraging SON features. Power and backhaul is provided by power-over-ehternet.

Ericsson’s comprehensive range of small cell and carrier Wi-Fi solutions - including the new RBS 6402 - ensures that mobile operators can address any mobile broadband coverage and capacity requirement today and in the future.


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