Finnish operator Elisa claims to have become the first company in Europe to test new technologies that significantly improve network coverage.
In a trial of Nokia Networks’ Centralised RAN (C-RAN) technology Elisa installed eight new access point devices using the solution in Hartwall Areena, which it said ‘hugely improved the capacity of [its] 4G LTE network’. Further, it was claimed that the solution also improves the battery life of mobile phones. Alongside the installation of access point devices, Elisa noted that Hartwall Areena’s 3G network had also been enhanced, improving voice call and SMS service.
Meanwhile, Elisa has also tested Nokia Networks’ miniature Flexi Zone access point at the Elisa Studio in Lasipalatsi, and commenting on this development Sami Komulainen, vice-president at Elisa Mobile Network Services, noted: ‘This small access point offers fast 4G LTE network access comparable to a regular access point device and is ideal, for instance, for companies that need to improve coverage inside their premises. 4G LTE connections are excellent for the main connectivity of small enterprises, and they can also be used to implement complete corporate networks’.