Communications system design advances 'to change mobile towers'
Tuesday, 15 February 2011 11:45
Developments in communications system design could spell the end of the large mobile phone towers that have become commonplace.
The wireless industry is looking at ways of replacing the masts in the future, with new technology such as the lightRadio cube from Alcatel-Lucent.
This is considerably smaller than the antennas that can be found on existing antennas and president of the company's wireless division Wim Sweldens remarked the technology has the potential to make conventional cellular phone structures "go away".
"We see more and more towers that become bigger and bigger, with more and bigger antennas that come to obstruct our view and clutter our landscape and are simply ugly," Mr Sweldens remarked, adding equipment manufacturers are "mostly to blame" for the trend.
The technology, along with other developments in the wireless space, is set to be on show at the Mobile World Congress trade event, which is taking place in Barcelona until February 17th.