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DIDO pCell radio re-invents wireless — brings 'mobile fiber' to users

February 19, 2014 // Jean-Pierre Joosting

DIDO pCell radio re-invents wireless — brings 'mobile fiber' to users

Today operators are racing to keep up with the demand for mobile connectivity. LTE and LTE-A represent the path currently being taken by the big incumbent mobile operators, and though the technology is advancing at the fastest pace ever for new mobile standards, there might just be another way.

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Currently all mobile networks are centered on cell towers that transmit signals that carefully avoid interfering with each other, thus creating cells of coverage. In such cells all devices share the available spectrum, and as the number of devices increases the data rate available to each device drops. Cellular radio has come of age and matured. LTE and LTE-A, along with small cells all try and make these cells as small as possible to increase spectrum efficiency. We can also layer cells over each other at different frequencies, but the principle of non-interference remains.

What if this could all be turned on its head, and cell sizes could shrink to around 1cm instead of 50m to kilometers in size.

Technology pioneer Steve Perlman, Founder and CEO of Artemis Networks, has unveiled pCell™ technology, a differnet approach to wireless that consistently delivers full-speed mobile data to every mobile device concurrently, regardless of how many users are sharing the same spectrum at once. This technology potentially promises ubiquitous fiber-class broadband experience that will be delivered at all times to standard LTE devices.

Small devices that can be arranged in any way and placed anywhere indoors or outdoors, pWave radios (discreet pCell base stations) transmit signals that deliberately interfere with each other, combining to synthesize tiny pCells, each just one cm in size. In other words, pCell technology exploits interference by combining transmitted radio signals from multiple pCell base stations to synthesize tiny “personal cells”—pCells—of wireless energy around each mobile device. So, rather than hundreds of users taking turns sharing the capacity of one large cell, each user gets an unshared pCell, giving the full wireless capacity to each user at once.

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