Nokia to trial pCell tech with telcos

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Nokia will trial Artemis Networks’s pCell tech with mobile operators as part of a new partnership between the two companies.

The software-defined radio technology exploits interference to generate a small personal cell, or pCell, for each wireless device.

According to Nokia, this enables each device to use the full capacity of spectrum concurrently, rather than needing to take turns with other devices sharing the spectrum.

In doing so, Artemis claims pCell technology can achieve over 50 times the capacity of conventional wireless systems. 

Steve Perlman, Founder & CEO of Artemis Networks, said the technology has the potential to “significantly increase the downlink and uplink capacity of spectrum, while remaining compatible with existing 4G LTE devices”.

Under the terms of the deal, Nokia and Artemis will jointly offer pCell proof of concept (PoC) deployments to selected Nokia Networks customers next year, with an initial focus on using the technology to enhance capacity in indoor and high-density areas.

Nokia said the PoCs may be extended to “further advanced features”, such as “precise 3D location positioning.”

Hossein Moiin, Executive Vice President and CTO at Nokia Networks, said: “In addition to creating…internal innovations, we continuously look for and evaluate external innovations to bring the most advanced solutions to the operators.

“We are keen to see the potential for pCell in enhancing 4G LTE downlink and uplink capacity given the rapidly growing network demands such as concurrent HD video streaming.”