blog Fascinating post over at Technology Spectator, where commentator and telco consultant Andrew Harris discusses a new invention coming out of Alcatel-Lucent; an invention, he surmises, which would be a good fit for Telstra. We recommend that you click through and read the whole article. He writes:
“Light Radio is a new product that Alcatel-Lucent claim will fundamentally shift how mobile networks operate, delivering increased network capacity through Rubik’s cube-sized modules that combine 2G, 3G and 4G wireless capability into a single module. As they put it, the product heralds “the death of the basestation” – a claim to take seriously from a group whose track record includes inventing the transistor and the laser, along with building the first communications satellite and commercial cellular network.”
It appears the technology shares a great deal with the femtocells which telcos like Optus and Vodafone have already started using in Australia; but taking the idea of dispersed mobile networks a great deal further. It conjures up the idea of Telstra scattering these Alcatel-Lucent ‘cubes’ everywhere it needs more or strengthened mobile coverage — like scattering grains of salt on a meal.
It’s hard to say how this could affect the NBN’s economics, apart from to trot out the old line that wireless and fixed broadband technologies are complementary. However, there’s no doubt that this type of mobile technology hasn’t yet been discussed in the NBN context. And judging from a brief overview of the technology, unlike femtocells, it won’t be dependent on fixed broadband backhaul.
What do people think?