Company Claims It Can Nix Interference, Boost 3G Performance
A company called Advanced Receiver Technologies says it has found a way to reduce interference and improve coverage for 3G devices. According to ART, "intercell interference limits 3G network capacity and restricts the high-speed data connection to the users. For example, today’s handsets and other user devices have a high speed data connection only 40% of the time — when they are close to a cell tower." To combat the issue, ART developed a new chip called the Single Antenna Interference Cancellation (SAIC) receiver. The SAIC must be built into the baseband chip to work. ART claims that this will allow cell phones to connect to 3G networks throughout the entire cell area, will double the capacity of each cell, and improve voice call connectivity. ART will be introducing the product at Mobile World Congress later this month.
WeBoost, SureCall Roll Out In-Home Signal Boosters
WeBoost and SureCall both used CES as an opportunity to show off new cell signal boosters. Both products work in a similar fashion: they collect cell signals from nearby cell towers, amplify them, and rebroadcast them within the home to improve coverage and signal strength.
Verizon, Samsung Offer Small Cell for Improved In-Home Coverage
Verizon Wireless today announced the 4G LTE Network Extender for homes and small businesses. The small box provides LTE coverage in buildings up to about 7,500 square feet, including services such as HD Voice and high-speed data.
Sprint's 'Magic Box' Is An In-Home Small Cell to Help Improve Coverage
Sprint today announced the Magic Box, a tool Sprint hopes consumers and businesses will use to help it densify its LTE network. The Magic Box is similar to a signal booster in that owners place it in a window.
Google Reveals Android "L" Features
Google today talked about some of the new features that will eventually appear in the L release of Android later this year. Google has re-envisioned the lock screen to incorporate more of the notifications, as well as the ability to automatically unlock the device when a trusted wearable is nearby.
Verizon Says LTE-Advanced Features On Deck for 2015
Verizon Wireless has a number of improvements to its LTE network planned for 2015 that will boost coverage, capacity, and speeds, according to Mike Haberman, vice president of network support for Verizon. First, Verizon will implement carrier aggregation, which pairs disparate spectrum bands so they act as one.