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kiomarsanvari 12/5/2012 | 5:13:21 PM
re: AlcaLu: We're Killing the Base Station

This concept has been around for 20 years. In my company we even developed the products for ATT Wireless and they tested it in a couple of cities 10 years ago. However, it is the right concept and all OEM need to follow it. It is almost the same as Femto. SON and adaptive antenna are fundamental.

[email protected] 12/5/2012 | 5:13:07 PM
re: AlcaLu: We're Killing the Base Station

&gt;deployed dynamically where or when capacity and coverage is needed&lt;

But it requires a fiber backhaul? And how is that going to be deployed dynamically?

Also, does it require power at the cell site? is the range and capacity the same or better?

OK, so each tower may require smaller and fewer antennas, but guess what? I already have antennas, I don't NEED to replace them.

And software defined radio base stations? How often do you really change bands on a basestation? OK, you might shift around or add new carriers, but the bands stay.

Smaller, lighter antennas. SDR and beam-forming. OK, advances, but nothing that is going to redefine the business. Much ado about a little bit.


yarn 12/5/2012 | 5:13:01 PM
re: AlcaLu: We're Killing the Base Station

I'm pretty sure they mentioned various alternatives to hook up those cubes, including microwave and I think powerlines (they talked about lampposts, billboards and such). They said that a big part of the gameplan was to "connect the unconnected", i.e. rural areas, developing economies, etc so not just brownfield with exising antenna towers. Where towers exist they can be reused but the plan was to push these out further, and due to their small size you don't have the same real-estate restrictions as you do with cell towers. Anyway, should be interesting to see this stuff up close in Barcelona and dig a bit deeper:-)

songhai.wang 12/5/2012 | 5:12:57 PM
re: AlcaLu: We're Killing the Base Station

the lightradio seems to reduce the cost on the Base station. But how about the cost for the whole network? each cube will cost one fiber, one SFP, too complex for the acess these mount of cube to the centralised couputing cloud.

OldPOTS 12/5/2012 | 5:12:56 PM
re: AlcaLu: We're Killing the Base Station

If they run reliably over rural power lines they would fit into Obama's anounced plans to deliver to rural areas.

But the one I know of that is still running, located a couple of houses down, can't handle any reasonable amount of small msgs traffic after much effort.

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