Faster Wireless Technology Advances Attempts to Satisfy Public’s Appetite for Mobile Data


It’s no secret that mobile devices have caught on with the public in a big way.

Their ever-increasing thirst for data has led to the development of pCell technology, where the public can watch movies, television shows and other clips on the go. Now that mobile screens have become larger and more popular and more video content is available online, it makes sense to offer more to users. 

Cell networks on overload. Due to increasing demand, cellular networks are regularly overloaded – and is driving the development and anticipation for pCell technology. Last year in the U.S., the average mobile phone user consumed 1.2 gigabytes of data per month per month over cellular networks. This figure represents nearly double the average amount used in 2012.

According to a recent report on mobile data trends, Cisco, the networking equipment maker, said mobile video accounted for over half (52 percent) of all mobile data by the end of 2013. This figure surpassed the 50 percent mark for the first time in 2012.

Wireless carriers are left looking for ways to make sure that video does not clog their networks. Verizon is adding more antennas to its network to form smaller wireless coils with stronger coverage and rolling out service on new segments of the wireless spectrum, which is the digital equivalent of opening new lanes for traffic. Sprint is responding to this issue by introducing a service called Sprint Spark that increases the access speeds if customers have devices that can use more than one frequency at once.

Gaining speed. If pCell technology works as promised, it could result in bigger gains in wireless speeds. In a traditional cellular network, antennae placed around a city transmit wireless signals to all mobile devices within an area. As more people enter it, they share the network with everyone else and the speed slows down. Wireless carriers cannot solve the problem by installing more antennae, since it will cause the signal to be disrupted if they are too close together.

A network of pCell antennae can provide someone with a mobile device with access to the full wireless data speed in the area, regardless of the number of users sharing the network by embracing the interference caused by nearby interference rather than avoiding it.

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