Small is the Next Big Thing

Michael Harris is Principal Consultant for Kinetic Strategies

Alcatel-Lucent’s Labs turned heads in February with the unveiling of its lightRadio Cube.  Developed by the famed Bell Labs and small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, these tiny devices may serve as building blocks for super-small cell sites in the future.

Wim Sweldens Alcatel Lucent

Alcatel-Lucent’s Sweldens shows off the company’s new lightRadio Cube

Wim Sweldens, President, Alcatel-Lucent Wireless Division, explains:
“Antennas and towers are not very attractive, they obstruct our landscapes and cityscapes… We have discovered an exciting breakthrough innovation that has the capability to make base stations and antennas virtually invisible….  It can be deployed in big and small antenna configurations, all-around the city. With this new antenna, base stations and large antenna towers, virtually disappear.”

Alcatel’s new cube is just the tip of the iceberg.  Suppliers are racing to rollout solutions that enable wireless carriers to move away from massive cell towers to pint-sized alternatives.

How will the migration toward smaller cell sites impact the tower industry?  Read this whitepaper briefing commissioned by Unison that addressed a range of similar tower shrinking technologies.

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