Ottawa technology slated to improve cellphone networks

25 02 2011

Canada’s CTV is report of a new technology developed in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, that is slated to improve cellphone networks!

Last month, Alcatel-Lucent rolled out what it calls LightRadio. At the heart of it is a small cube, slightly smaller than a Rubik’s cube that is jammed with technology.

The president of Alcatel-Lucent’s wireless division says the cube and one other even smaller box will replace older technology.

“(They) can replace an entire three-metre tall rack of equipment and the large antennas that sit atop buildings to pick up signals,” said Wim Sweldens.

Alcatel-Lucent’s new product is a hot topic among the carriers who run the networks. It promises to handle 30 per cent more traffic at half the current cost.

Right now, there are only half a dozen working cubes in the world. One of them had been shipped to Ottawa for the day. CTV was there to talk to the man behind this whole LightRadio strategy.

“This will enable consumers to both continue and increase the things they can do with the new generations of mobile devices,” said Jonathan Segel, who is based here in Ottawa.

This entire multi-million dollar project is one of the biggest projects Alcatel-Lucent has ever undertaken. It involves labs around the world.

 

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