An innovative new antenna design promises improved reliability, coverage and speed – especially when partnered with Vodafone’s 5G roll-out plan for the UK.
Vodafone has begun rolling out Ericsson’s new compact antenna to bring greater 5G capacity, coverage and performance to locations across the UK, without increasing the footprint of the average mast.
Ericsson’s latest design, the Interleaved AIR 3218, combines a radio unit and an antenna in a single unit, delivering increased 5G capacity in a smaller site footprint than previous designs. It can also transmit mobile data over all of the radio frequencies that Vodafone currently uses in the UK, without needing additional antenna units as with previous models. This combined multiband, Massive MIMO design makes it easier for Vodafone to add more performance and capacity to a mast without increasing its footprint.