Small base stations could achieve huge data capacity increases using Intel’s modular antenna arrays.
By David Talbot on February 24, 2014
Why It Matters
Data demand is expected to surge in the coming years, requiring better wireless technologies.
Intel says it has prototyped a chip-based antenna array that can sit in a milk-carton-sized cellular base station. The technology could turbocharge future wireless networks by using ultrahigh frequencies.
Intel’s technology, known as a millimeter wave modular antenna array, is expected to be demonstrated today at the Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona, Spain, says Ali Sadri, director of the millimeter wave standards and advanced technology group at Intel.
via Intel’s New Effort to Turbocharge Cellular Networks with Modular Antenna Arrays | MIT Technology Review.
Steve Perlman is ready to give you a personal cell phone signal that follows you from place to place, a signal that’s about 1,000 times faster than what you have today because you needn’t share it with anyone else.
Perlman — the iconic Silicon Valley inventor best known for selling his web TV company to Microsoft for half a billion dollars — started work on this new-age cellular technology a decade ago, and on Wednesday morning, he’ll give the first public demonstration at Columbia University in New York, his alma mater. Previously known as DIDO, the technology is now called pCell — short for “personal cell” — and judging from the demo Perlman gave us at his lab in San Francisco last week, it works as advertised, streaming video and other data to phones with a speed and a smoothness you’re unlikely to achieve over current cell networks.
via This Man Says He Can Speed Cell Data 1,000-Fold. Will Carriers Listen? | Wired Business | Wired.com.
A trading platform that will allow investors to buy and sell wireless broadband like a commodity has been approved by the U.S. patent office.
Rivada Networks, a U.S. communications technology company, announced on Thursday it had obtained a patent for its bandwidth trading platform.
via Wireless broadband could soon trade like commodity.
Verizon and AT&T have long insisted that the majority of their subscribers face no danger of going over their monthly data caps, but that may be about to change. The New York Times reports on a new study published this week showing that average monthly mobile data consumption in the United States has surged over the last year, going from an average of 690MB per month in 2012 to 1.2GB per month this year. If data usage keeps growing at this pace then next year the average wireless user will consume around 2.4GB per month, which is well over many subscribers’ monthly data caps.
via Verizon, AT&T monthly data use could force end of caps | BGR.
Last year when Cisco released the 2012 mobile VNI forecast, I noted that they had been building castles in the air, and needed to put foundations under them. In particular I was concerned about substantial changes in the assumed share of offloaded traffic, which had changed dramatically between the 2011 and 2012 reports. Specifically, in 2011 Cisco had estimated that in 2010 21% of US smartphone and tablet traffic was offloaded from mobile-connected devices, i.e. apparently excluding WiFi-only tablets and that would increase to 30% by 2015. In 2012 they estimated that 49% of this traffic was offloaded in 2011 and that would decrease to 46% in 2016. Now in the latest report actually in the VNI tool stats, not the report itself, Cisco estimate that:
via TMF Associates MSS blog » Cisco: castle deflated.
Juniper Research, a leading research and consulting firm has brought out its latest Mobile Roaming report and estimates that roaming will contribute around $80 Billion to mobile operator revenues globally by 2017 as against $ 46 Billion now. Juniper analyst Nithin Bhas estimates that the global share of operator revenue of mobile roaming will increase to 8% by then.
via Roamware Blog – Roamware Blog.
Apple’s web traffic share among mobile devices is huge, according to new numbers from Chitika. The online ad network is seeing 43 percent of smartphone web usage coming through iPhones up to the 4S, plus another 3 percent from the iPhone 5 alone. By contrast, the Samsung Galaxy S III is driving 2 percent of mobile web traffic on its network, combined with 15 percent across all other Samsung mobile devices.
via Apple’s Total Smartphone Web Traffic Share Climbs To 46% With iPhone 5, Samsung Trails At 17% | TechCrunch.