Ericsson launches energy-efficient, triple-band 5G radio

Ericsson has launched the Radio 6646, a new triple-band, tri-sector radio that the company claimed is capable of doing the job of nine radios, all while cutting energy consumption by 40% and weighing 60% less than comparable solutions.

The Radio 6646, which combines 900, 800 and 700 MHz frequency bands into one compact 2G to 5G-capable radio, extends the multiband capabilities of Ericsson’s tri-sector products, said the company. It will “enhance both outdoor and indoor coverage for all mobile generations [and] IoT and it will increase the capacity of 5G networks, “especially when combined with mid-band TDD over Carrier Aggregation and 5G SA.”

“Our new energy-efficient radio uniquely combines spectrum capabilities in an easy-to-install form factor,” said Ericsson’s Head of Product Area Networks David Hammarwall. “This will simplify deployments and extend 5G coverage, starting in Europe. With this latest innovation, service providers can scale up 5G Standalone [SA] deployments with new applications for consumers, enterprises, and mission-critical communications.”