With mobile broadband traffic soaring, researchers are scrambling to develop new technologies to keep up with the data crush. With the new lightRadio offering, Alcatel-Lucent is promoting a novel approach to managing wireless traffic, promising substantial efficiency improvements.
lightRadio takes a page from the distributed architecture that powers cloud-computing deployments, connecting to a baseband that can connectivity 25 or 30 sites.
The technology also uses a software-powered radio that can handle 2G, 3G and 4G traffic using a common antenna.
“What lightRadio does, is it enables us to double the capacity of the network at half the cost per bit,” said Tom Gruba, Alcatel-Lucent’s director of product marketing.