Alcatel-Lucent Shrinks Base Stations to Size of a Rubiks Cube
Alcatel-Lucent today announced a new base station technology that it believes will have a huge impact on how wireless networks are run in the coming years. Its new lightRadio base station reduces the size, cost, and power requirements significantly. The lightRadio has several components. First, it takes the disparate 2G, 3G, and LTE antenna designs and has merged them into a single multi-frequency, multi-standard Wideband Active Array Antenna, which Alcatel-Lucent says can be mounted just about anywhere. Second, the lightRadio Cube contains a diplexer type, radio, amplifier, and passive cooling system in a very small enclosure (small enough to fit in a hand). Third, the new technology uses a System-on-a-Chip architecture that can dynamically manage traffic wherever it has the resources to do so (i.e., in the antenna itself or in the cloud). It also uses new compression technology and virtualization software to help manage controllers and gateways. According to Alcatel-Lucent, the lightRadio requires only electricity and a broadband connection to work, and power needs will be halved compared to conventional base stations. A number of wireless network operators — including Verizon Wireless — will be trialling the technology in the second half of this year.
Nokia's ReefShark Chips to Connect 5G Base Stations
Nokia today announced new 5G chipsets that will triple the throughput of base stations while also drastically slashing power consumption. The ReefShark chipsets pair Nokia's antennas with artificial intelligence in order to push the performance of base stations.
Nokia Gains Control of Alcatel-Lucent
Nokia today said it has officially taken the reigns of Alcatel-Lucent after its public exchange offer for Alcatel-Lucent was accepted by the French stock market authority. Nokia expects to merge the two companies in order to form a telecommunications powerhouse to compete against Ericsson, ZTE, and others.
AT&T Throwing 5G Tech at the Wall to See What Sticks
AT&T today said it plans to test a wide variety of potential 5G technologies throughout the year as it evolves from 4G LTE to next-generation mobile broadband. For example, the company intends to kick off field trials of AirGig later this year.
Nokia's Alcatel-Lucent Acquisition Clears CFIUS
Nokia today said the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States has approved its proposed acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent. CFIUS' approval was the last regulatory hurdle in the US, which has already been approved by the Justice Dept.
China Approves Nokia's Alcatel-Lucent Acquisition
Nokia's attempt to acquire Alcatel-Lucent has cleared another hurdle now that it has won approval from China's Ministry of Commerce. The anti-monopoly body will allow the proposal to move forward under certain conditions, which mostly pertain to licensing standard essential patents.
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