They are not the prettiest things are they? Those of you who have seen a wireless network tower up close have to admit they are ugly. And no one wants a mobile phone cell tower in their backyard, especially if it obstructs the view.
A mobile base station usually consists of a mast on top of a small shelter like building. That usually carries all the equipment that the networks need to handle the transmission and reception of a call. The mast is typically tall because in order to get a good signal. That’s why you often you see these kinds of aerials on hills, buildings in urban areas and there are a few of this type of set up, to not only handle the number of callers but to not lose signal when a person is moving from one base station to another to make their call.
However, the very latest and new wireless technologies that are coming onto the marketplace, the old gigantic cell towers could soon be a thing of the past. Many wireless technology giants are working on new technology to make cellular antenna the size of a Rubik’s cube, called ‘lightRadio’.
These small antennas could be placed over lamp posts, utility posts and other surreptitious spots to help boost capacity and satiate the need for speed that smartphone and tablet users have. All these little devices need is a power source and an optical fibre connection to the mobile service provider to work. What’s more the ‘liteRadio aerial’ is super eco-friendly as it is more energy efficient than current cell sites
These small antennas, called small cells, would provide flexibility and increased the quality of service at an attractive cost. The miniaturized design is a win-win for the aerial Co’s, as the hardware cost is almost 10 times less than that of a conventional cell tower.
Once installed whilst they only can cover a small area, the large area that previously was covered by a large mobile tower, could now be split into several subsections, will need a few of the liteRadio. That way there would be no call drops or video buffering as a smaller number of mobile phones would be fighting for the antenna’s attention.
Implementing a small cell infrastructure is also more environmentally friendly as it will reduce the number of cell towers (maybe even eventually eliminate them) and it provides a cleaner signal with less power.
The term cellphone was first used in 1984
So fingers crossed for this new technology to make its appearance, no more mobile phone towers. Smaller cell base stations are nothing new. In the U.S, AT&T has already started selling ‘femtocells’, about the size of a wireless router. People can connect to the mobile network through a home broadband connection. The range is small, covering only a room or two. But they are useful in areas where there would be no cell coverage otherwise.