Signify to embed Ericsson 5G small cell in lights

New luminaire light fixture features an embedded Ericsson Radio Dot to deliver light, 5G indoors

This is the latest concept born from the partnership between Signify (formerly Philips Lighting) and Ericsson.
This is the latest concept born from the partnership between Signify (formerly Philips Lighting) and Ericsson.

Ericsson 5G Radio Dot will be embedded in Signify’s indoor luminaire in a joint offering that will enable service providers to easily add indoor connectivity to buildings when the lighting systems are being built or upgraded.

This is the latest concept born from the partnership between Signify (formerly Philips Lighting) and Ericsson, who previously co-developed Lightpole Site Slim, a connected outdoor lighting pole small cell solution.

The new luminaire light fixture features an embedded Ericsson Radio Dot, and will deliver not only light, but also 5G connectivity inside buildings. The 5G Radio Dot, Ericsson’s indoor small cell solution, is small and light enough to embed into Signify’s lighting systems. With this additional deployment option, it will now be easier to deliver 5G indoors.

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“Our partnership with Signify is a great example of our innovative work in the indoor small cells space – we are continuously looking for new opportunities and easy ways for service providers and building owners to add indoor mobile connectivity. Our 5G Dot is so small and compact, it can fit into a lighting solution,” said David Hammarwall, head of product line radio, business area networks at Ericsson.

The embedded 5G Radio Dot will work with Signify’s Interact Office, leveraging the architecture of the Radio Dot System – with power and backhaul delivered though standard networking cables (CAT 6).

“It’s all about connectivity inside buildings. The bulk of internet traffic is there and corporate WiFi will not always be the preferred option. Our connected lighting system, Interact Office, makes it possible to have a high-bandwidth network in the ceiling with Ericsson’s 5G Radio Dot embedded in the luminaires,” said Remco Lansbergen, senior director global strategic alliances at Signify.

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