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Alcatel-Lucent Shrinks Mobile Cell Tower To Small Cube 113

pbahra writes "French mobile telephone infrastructure manufacturer Alcatel-Lucent today unveiled technology that shrinks a mobile cell tower to a box the size of a Rubik's cube, potentially changing the structure of the cellular network, reducing greenhouse emissions and bringing mobile broadband into new areas. According to Wim Sweldens, president of wireless activities for Alcatel-Lucent, by reducing the technology from something the size of a filing cabinet, networks would reduce the total cost of ownership by half, as well as halving the global CO2 emissions from the mobile industry — currently equivalent of 15 million cars a year."
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Alcatel-Lucent Shrinks Mobile Cell Tower To Small Cube

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  • Wow (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Locke2005 ( 849178 ) on Monday February 07, 2011 @02:57PM (#35128934)
    Now if you could just take one of those cubes, attach a battery, and make it mobile... you'd have a mobile phone!
  • by mccalli ( 323026 ) on Monday February 07, 2011 @02:59PM (#35128956) Homepage

    "Other manufacturers have previously offered what are known as micro, femto or pico cell devices, which typically are used to take cellular traffic off congested 3G networks and delivered over broadband connections. Alcatel-Lucent claims their offering differs in that existing devices are mainly used to supplement existing cell towers in areas of high demand, such as railway stations and sports events, rather than replace them."

  • by by (1706743) ( 1706744 ) on Monday February 07, 2011 @03:15PM (#35129114)
    And when the guy holding it gets bored, reception in the nearest pub probably becomes fantastic!
  • by rossdee ( 243626 ) on Monday February 07, 2011 @03:23PM (#35129182)

    I think the reason they have cellphone 'towers' is to get the antenna up high so it covers a wider area and is less affected by buildings and stuff blocking the signal. They are still going to need towers unless they find some way of elevating those cubes above the surroundings. Maybe tethered balloons would work in some areas which don't have wind.

  • by radl33t ( 900691 ) on Monday February 07, 2011 @04:06PM (#35129574)
    Since when can we only work on one issue at a time? What kind of psycho would completely neglect one important "piece of pie" because another "pie slice" is 10% larger? What kind of psycho neglects thermal efficiency when comparing stationary power generation to ICE? or the ease and pace at which we replace ICE technology compared to coal plants? Why should we work on any earthly problems at all, when we all know the sun will die and matter will decay? Please go spend time ranting about things you know more about. Thanks.

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