Steve Perlman of Artemis Networks has just announced his new pCell mobile broadband technology. pCell promises to deliver full-speed wireless broadband service to users even on a congested network, so no more lagging YouTube videos on your train ride home. Perlman has been developing pCell over the last few years when it was originally known as DIDO. Imagine a wireless network with no lag, no dead zones and a constant strong wireless connection, that’s what Perlman is promising with pCell. If Perlman’s technology can deliver, it would certainly be a huge deal in congested markets such as Chicago, where we’re headquartered, and New York. The technology is compatible with LTE and it will be interesting to see what T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint think of pCell. I think many would agree that wireless carriers aren’t usually looking to improve things too quickly on their networks, T-mobile being an exception. So pCell may take some time to actually be implemented or even embraced by the big wireless carriers. If the technology does do what it says and works well, I believe the first wireless carrier to adopt the technology will be ahead of the game.
pCell technology turns the entire problem inside out. Instead of dodging interference, Artemis says that pCell exploits interference, combining transmitted radio signals from multiple pCell base stations to synthesize tiny “personal cells.” Rather than hundreds of users taking turns, users can share the capacity of one large cell, giving full capacity to each user at once.
“We believe this is the largest increase in capacity in the history of wireless technology,” Perlman told Businessweek. “It’s like the wireless equivalent of fiber-optic cables.”
pCell is certainly exciting to imagine and we hope it does what it says it does, the most important factors are adoption and implementation. Are the mobile giants going to take a bite out of this or is it still to bitter for their mouths? The future of wireless has to evolve at some point, pCell along with Wi-Fi charging are forward thinking technologies and we sure hope the big companies start to take notice. Check out the video below for a demo of pCell and let us know what you think about it in the comments below, Google+, Twitter and Facebook.