Alcatel reveals new frequency technology


Small “cube” will replace large site stations and save operators £59 billion and increase signal output according to company

Telecoms equipment vendor Alcatel-Lucent today (February 7) unveiled its new mobile and broadband infrastructure which it says “radically” simplifies mobile networks.

Its new ‘LightRadio’ cube (pictured), is small enough to be mounted onto the side of a lamp post but will be able to release a better service than a traditional cell site tower complete with a base stations at a much lower price.

The cubes, according to Alcatel-Lucent also reduce operating costs such as power consumption which are involved in running traditional cell sites.

All 2G, 3G and LTE services can be “shrunk” into these cubes and dispersed through a multi standard wideband active array antenna throughout a structure similar to an information cloud like structure.

The devices have been developed in partnership with HP and embedded processing solution provider Freescale.

HP will work with Alcatel-Lucent to utilise the use of cloud and “virtualization” of technologies in the mobile access space.

Freescale meanwhile will provide chip based architectures through its ‘system-on-chip’ technology which supports programmable capabilities required to make LightRadio a reality.

The technology will be trialled in the second half of 2011 and will eventually save global operators £59 billion in total operating costs according to Alcatel-Lucent research.

Alcatel-Lucent chief executive Ben Verwaayen said: “LightRadio is a smart solution to a tough set of problems; high energy costs, the explosion of video on mobile, and connecting the unconnected.”

Alcatel-Lucent vice president wireless networks marketing and strategy Jean-Pierre Lartigue told Mobile News the roll out of this technology would allow Alcatel-Lucent to have more passage into the frequency market.

“If we look at the last two years, there has been a big explosion of mobile broadband which is set to continue,” Lartigue said.

“This technology allows us to position our selves well and in five years time we should be in a good position market wise.”

Lartigue said Alcatel-Lucent is currently working with major operators across the world and said he was hopeful the technology would be rolled out officially in 2013.