UniSite – a unified solution for all scenarios in the 5G era

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Nowadays, many mobile network operators are facing two tough challenges at the same time: one is to deploy 5G in a fast and cost-effective way, and the another one is to further modernize the existing 2G/3G/4G network to accommodate explosive mobile data growth and various new services. Meanwhile, it is very important to find a better balance between these two challenges. Using the best approach to address both challenges in a direct and efficient way is the key to the success of mobile operators.

ZTE showcases UniSite, a total solution addressing all these challenges, at Mobile World Congress 2019. With the latest innovative products like dual-band FDD-LTE Massive MIMO and tri-band UBR, ZTE helps operators build more powerful 4G network with better efficiency, and enable faster 5G deployment.

UniSite: a total site solution for all deployment scenarios

To help operators address all the challenges in deploying 5G and improving 2G/3G/4G network performance, the UniSite covers all of the deployment scenarios with innovative products.

  • Extremely high data-traffic scenario

While 5G AAUs are deployed to deliver much higher capacity for the ever-increasing demands of mobile data, 4G will continue to play an important role for service-continuation and terminal-compatibility reasons. ZTE’s new generation Massive MIMO product, for example the dual-band FDD-LTE Massive MIMO, supporting both 1800M and 2100M, will offer even higher capacity in a single site than the first generation FDD Massive MIMO does. 

  • Macro-site scenario

For macro coverage scenario, the UniSite offers various products, including UBR, AAU, and combiner-embedded RRUs to make a typically crowded site very simple and neat. Up to 67% of required RRUs can be saved in a typical high-configuration site. Besides, the UniSite can also enable “one antenna for all of 2G/3G/4G” in one cell to greatly reduce the pressure on antenna space and overall cost, saving precious tower space for 5G deployment, with tower rent saved up to 60%.

Furthermore, tri-band UBRs, supporting either 700M, 800M, 900M or 900M, 1800M, 2100M, can effectively integrate three units into one, to save the space and improve the deployment efficiency.

  • Hot spot scenario

The UniSite in hot spot and blind spot scenarios, such as stadiums and scenic areas, offers a complete and convenient Pad product portfolio, including Pad RRU, Pad BBU, Pad Power and Pad Battery, which are light weight, small form-factor and all-weather outdoor products and are great for quick and environment-friendly deployment.

  • Data-intensive indoor scenario

To enhance the indoor user experience for mobile data, ZTE famous QCell supports up to four bands and five RATs, with 4×4 MIMO, Carrier Aggregation and 256QAM capability and user throughput up to 1 Gbps, which support 3G, 4G and 5G.

UniSite is 5G-ready 

5G evolution capability is an indispensable key element for an excellent site solution for today’s networks. As a 5G-ready solution, ZTE UniSite has three competitive aspects:

First, it saves precious space for 5G deployment. With all the highly compact and efficient products of UniSite, the site space can be used more efficiently than other solutions. Otherwise, 5G deployment would require space at the cost of the existing equipment or acquisition of new sites – none of which would be acceptable for the operators.

Second, all the products of UniSite support 5G via software upgrade, which means they are all hardware-ready for 5G, and any deployed equipment today won’t have to be replaced when 5G comes. This also means great cost saving for operators.

Third, there are many products offering very high capacity by supporting features including 4×4 MIMO, 256QAM, LAA, 2CC CA by Pico RRU, output power sharing, etc. The UniSite is also a solution that can bring today’s 4G network performance to the next level. Because 5G would need 4G to complement its coverage and capacity for a long time starting from its initial stage of deployment, 4G performance will also be a critical component of the success of the operators in providing competitive network services to their subscribers.


To sum it up, the UniSite addresses the two tough challenges for almost any mobile operators in a straightforward and comprehensively efficient way. 

First, it improves site deployment efficiency in all key scenarios and offers best-in-class capacity. All these save costs in many aspects, reduce time-to-market and enhance the quality of the network. 

Second, it offers support of smooth evolution to 5G by making precious space available for 5G deployment later on and by offering equipment readiness for 5G. 

Finally, the UniSite offers a strong helping hand to the operators in their network optimization and evolution to 5G.

This sponsored article was brought to you by ZTE

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