Antenna supplied to Fiji, maximizing network capacity and offering wider coverage

Antenna to Fiji

In the tropical paradise of Fiji, Ericsson, our Australian Maser team, and a top Fijian communication service provider (CSP) have teamed up to install 700 mid-band passive antennas across more than 250 base stations.

In Fiji’s picturesque landscape of sun-kissed beaches and swaying palm trees, antennas stand tall as silent sentinels.  Their role extends beyond signal amplification; they serve as the architects of connectivity, surpassing boundaries, nurturing growth and progress and paving the way for advancement.

Amidst the idyllic scenery, the realm of telecommunications in the Pacific Islands presents unique challenges for CSPs due to the geographical nature of the islands, dispersed communities, and diverse market needs. In response to these complexities, a Fijian-based CSP turned to Ericsson and Maser for antenna support.

What initially involved a deal for 70 Ericsson antennas in 2022 has swiftly evolved into a substantial collaboration, resulting in the deployment of 700 mid-band passive antennas. As part of this initiative, over 250 base stations across the archipelago, including remote outer islands and pivotal hubs such as Suva and Nadi, will undergo upgrades, comprising a combination of site enhancements and new installations. This expansion empowers the CSP to revitalize existing sites and venture into the 1800-2600MHz range, primarily utilized for LTE capacity upgrades and new site deployments. 

The need for a swap-out of old antennas stems from the integral role antenna systems play in the radio access network. As networks adapt to multiple frequencies and technologies, advancements in antenna tech ensure compactness, more capacity and wider coverage – it’s all about making the right choice for maximum network impact!

Benefits of Ericsson’s new antenna system include: 

  • Up to 29 percent reduction in radio output power inMid-band,  
  • Up to 7.5 percent efficiency increase (MB/kWh) >> More data with the same energy consumption
  • Untapped energy savings, potential power reductions in the700/800/900 MHz layer,  
  • Up to 12 percent improvement in DL user throughput,  
  • Up to 57 percent improvement in uplink user throughput, and  
  • Additional total cost of ownership (TCO) savings attributed to quality, installation simplicity, and wind load reduction.

Beyond network capacity upgrades, the collaboration delved into Fiji’s economic fabric, heavily reliant on tourism, service, as well as sustainability and safety.