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New, faster wireless network to be built

Patrick Nelson | Feb. 26, 2015
Synthesising cells at the exact physical location of the mobile device could improve spectral efficiency and revolutionize mobile networks, if it works.

However, as time goes by, and algorithms get ever more convoluted, these small-cell problems can begin to be corrected, engineers hope. It is, in fact, an important concept in future 5G ideas.

Artemis says its system isn't affected by interference-the algorithms fix it. And in fact, the company says it exploits the interference by combining the signals, thus creating more bandwidth for the end device.

Another benefit of using a larger number of antennas is better geo-location positioning indoors. Artemis says the technology is compatible with existing, unmodified 4G LTE and Wi-Fi mobile devices, with a replacement SIM card.

Thus far, the system has been tested in a regular grid with 2.5-meter spacing, although theoretically the antennas could be placed arbitrarily.

Scalable capacity
And that's what Artemis wants the Dish spectrum for - to run a remote radio-head and hub system in Levi's Stadium, which is home of the San Francisco 49ers football team. Theoretically, pCell should scale with large numbers of users.

And with a base seating capacity of 68,500 that should be enough Wrestlemania fans, and indeed 2016Super Bowl fans, to determine whether we have a new radio architecture on our hands.

Source: Network World


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