LightRadio Cube to replace unsavory Cell Phone Towers

Do you find high cell phone towers, scattered all over, ruining the horizon of your city? If yes then, you are not alone.; many find these cell phone towers, that protruded like mushrooms everywhere in recent years, one of the most unsavory sights of the cities we live in.

How about replacing all these towers with a small 2 inch by 2 inch boxes?

No, this is not some wishful thinking. Courtesy, Murray Hill-based Bell Labs, unsightly Cell phone towers can indeed be replaced by 2-inch cubes.

Tod Sizer, head of wireless research at Bell Labs, is the person behind the 2-inch cube, that can not only have the potential to dump all the cell phone towers, once and for all; but also to revolutionize the way cell phone operators do their business.

That's why the magic cube called the lightRadio cube, is generating major buzz among cell phone carriers around the world.

How the lightRadio cube works:

Cell phone antennas at present must be large and high because they rely on sending signals down and outward like an umbrella. But according to researchers at Bell Labs, the lightCube directs cell phone signals more directly using far less power, while handling as much as 30 percent more capacity than current cell phone towers. Increased capacity is another advantage as increasing number of consumers clamor for stronger data and voice capabilities on their smartphones.

Story behind the creation of the lightRadio cube:

In March last year, Tod Sizer, the man behind the cube, challenged his researchers to come up with an innovation that can replace the Cell phone towers. At first the researchers said, the miniaturization, that Sizer has demanded, is impossible. But Sizer didn't back off. In May, an inventor in Stuttgart showed his boss, Sizer, what he’d come up with: three 2-inch, stacked circuit boards for the antenna, radio, and network connection, replacing the conventional antenna system that connects every cell phone call.

Sizer instantly knew, what is being demoed is simply a revolution.

The team has since tested the prototype and proved the concept worked.

To work effectively, the technology would force carriers to change how they build wireless networks. But the lightRadio means rural areas and developing countries could get internet access too. The device only requires a network connection and a power source.

LightRadio cube brings a great flexibity to the operators and happiness to users

The device which shrinks the antenna and radio devices fixed on the top of a cell phone tower, relocating the network communications power systems — which sit at its base — to central data centers; shrinks the antenna casing to about 2.3 inches, down from conventional antennas that are typically the size of an ironing board.

In addition, the device will include wirings for all carriers and cell phone technologies, including 2G, 3G and the emerging 4G or LTE system inside its small casing; and is able to handle as much as 30 percent more capacity than a typical antenna; effectively reduces the number of antennas needed.

Owing to the small size and the technology involved, the cubes can be positioned nearly anywhere, from the sides of buildings to light poles, or arranged in grids for more strength; there by making unsavory towers a thing of the past.

By when the cube will start replacing the towers:

If all goes well, then lightRadio cube, which is a small antenna and radio that has shrunk the regular workings of a conventional cell phone base station and antenna, will start replacing those unsightly cell phone towers in US as soon as mid-2012, and in rest of the world there after. --------

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