[LINK] Wireless advances could mean no more mobile towers

Tom Koltai tomk at unwired.com.au
Tue Feb 15 10:29:26 AEDT 2011

> -----Original Message-----
> From: link-bounces at mailman.anu.edu.au 
> [mailto:link-bounces at mailman.anu.edu.au] On Behalf Of Kim Holburn
> Sent: Tuesday, 15 February 2011 9:55 AM
> To: Link list
> Subject: Re: [LINK] Wireless advances could mean no more mobile towers
> On 2011/Feb/15, at 9:22 AM, Richard Chirgwin wrote:
> > On 15/02/11 2:47 AM, stephen at melbpc.org.au wrote:
> >>>>>> Alcatel-Lucent will be at the show to demonstrate its 
> "lightRadio 
> >>>>>> cube", a cellular antenna about the size and shape of 
> a Rubik's 
> >>>>>> cube
> >> http://www.alcatel-lucent.com (snip)
> >> 
> >> Ben Verwaayen, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent, 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's lightRadio Promises Greener, Simpler, Lighter 
> >> Networks:
> >> 
> >> 
> > Deployment of towers is, however, constrained by cost, community
> > opposition, and what's paid for the real estate. Remove those 
> > constraints, and the network gets bigger. At what point 
> does the smaller 
> > base station fail to counterbalance the growth in base 
> station numbers?
> They deploy base stations on multi-storey buildings.  I 
> expect the building owners get something for this.  With 
> small base stations they could be deployed on top of people's 
> houses.  Of course you would have to get connection to those 
> houses and the connection of choice would be fibre!!  

There you have it, Game Set and Match To Mr. Holburn.

The Alcatel Pico Cell, installed on each home roof (9.2 million Roofs by
2010) Provides the Backhaul for the LTE network that Telstra claims will
compete with the NBN.

Similar to the Solar power intiative, all home owners could elect to
allow their cells to serve passing traffic and earn credits on their
phone bills.

Now that we have decided how the networks will work in the future could
our politicians please get onto something more important perhaps, like:

Banning heavy transport on all non arterial roads between 8:00 am and
8:00 pm.

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