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    LightRadio: Early 2012 Launch

    http://www.dailywireless.org/2011/09...y-2012-launch/

    Alcatel-Lucent’s revolutionary lightRadio could be available in the first quarter of 2012, reports Light Reading.

    AlcaLu shunk the basestation, collapsing three radios into one tiny cube, 2.5 inches square. Each can operate between 1.8GHz and 2.6GHz. The end result: lightRadio cell towers don’t need huts, air conditioners and heaters, big amps, fans, or even local processing gear. Baseband processing moves closer to the data center and gets new capabilities like beamforming and load-balancing.

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    I think the idea is there, but too good to be true, usually is.

    I read the white paper and you're still going to have towers and you're going to have to use a lot more than one of these things. I see their point to the no shelter, hvac, etc, but you're still going to need towers, demarcs, backhaul, etc.

    I absolutely love how they're suggested to use microwave backhaul. Sprint should think about using these since WiMax is MW backhauled

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    Quote Originally Posted by LineNoise View Post
    I think the idea is there, but too good to be true, usually is.

    I read the white paper and you're still going to have towers and you're going to have to use a lot more than one of these things. I see their point to the no shelter, hvac, etc, but you're still going to need towers, demarcs, backhaul, etc.

    I absolutely love how they're suggested to use microwave backhaul. Sprint should think about using these since WiMax is MW backhauled
    It's amazing what some of those vendors are coming up with and it's crazy to think where wireless data could be in 10 yrs or so.

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    Report: Sprint considering Alcatel-Lucent's lightRadio gear

    http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/...ear/2012-02-14

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    Telefónica Launches lightRadio in Barcelona


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    http://www.dailywireless.org/2012/02...-in-barcelona/

    Telefónica today announced the first LTE network using Alcatel-Lucent’s lightRadio technology, at Mobile World Congress.
    Telefonica’s new LTE trial network, based on lightRadio modules, covers the Fira trade fair ground and a five square kilometer area of central Barcelona.


    Telefónica says it greatly improves mobile coverage by bringing small-cell base stations closer to the customer. The tiny radio provides download speeds of 100 Mbps, between 40-60Mbps on upload on the 2.6Ghz band, with vastly improved indoor coverage and capacity.

    Telefónica deployed 11 lightRadio metrocells around the convention grounds, as well as at hotspots around Barcelona. Telefónica’s new 2.6Ghz network was demonstrated using Samsung LTE devices, including their GALAXY S II LTE smartphones and GALAXY 8.9 tablets. Samsung has been actively collaborating with Telefónica for LTE trial services with LTE dongles, MiFi devices and LTE smartphones.

    Alcatel-Lucent’s lightRadio, introduced a year ago, is a Rubik’s Cube-sized device that contains radios and antennae and can be mounted on rooftops, phone poles and bus shelters. Multiple U.S. carriers are testing lightRadio and may begin deploying it this year, according to Marcus Weldon, chief technology officer at Paris-based Alcatel-Lucent. Alcatel-Lucent, along with Ericsson and Samsung, are the main vendors for Sprint’s Network Vision project.

    Telefónica say their LightRadio network utilises the same frequency for several network layers, allowing for far more efficient use of spectrum. Telefonica says it would also reduce network deployment costs by as much as 40 per cent, with energy savings of up to 35 per cent and a reduction in environmental impact.

    Telefónica says it’s a first step towards a real ‘HetNet’ network, where conventional radio base stations co-exist with 4G metro cells working on the same frequency and with no interference.

    Last week Alcatel-Lucent unveiled a new addition to its small-cell base station portfolio that incorporates carrier-grade WiFi access. Called lightRadio WiFi, it is essentially an upgraded version of the small, cube-shaped lightRadio antenna launched by Alcatel-Lucent in February 2011. The lightRadio WiFi device adds WiFi connectivity, as well as offering 2G, 3G and LTE access.

    Alcatel-Lucent says lightRadio WiFi enables mobile operators to off load cells by seamlessly switching data traffic on to WiFi but without offloading customers from their backhaul or core networks (keeping them paying customers). lightRadio WiFi is available now for trials and demonstrations, with metro and enterprise cells available in late 2012 to early 2013.

    Telefónica is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world with a significant presence in 25 countries. Last July, Telefónica, Vodafone España S.A. and Orange Spain won 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz spectrum for LTE services in Spain. Telefónica is the first to offer LTE service in Spain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 503ducati View Post
    Telefónica Launches lightRadio in Barcelona



    http://www.dailywireless.org/2012/02...-in-barcelona/

    Telefónica today announced the first LTE network using Alcatel-Lucent’s lightRadio technology, at Mobile World Congress.
    Telefonica’s new LTE trial network, based on lightRadio modules, covers the Fira trade fair ground and a five square kilometer area of central Barcelona.


    Telefónica says it greatly improves mobile coverage by bringing small-cell base stations closer to the customer. The tiny radio provides download speeds of 100 Mbps, between 40-60Mbps on upload on the 2.6Ghz band, with vastly improved indoor coverage and capacity.

    Telefónica deployed 11 lightRadio metrocells around the convention grounds, as well as at hotspots around Barcelona. Telefónica’s new 2.6Ghz network was demonstrated using Samsung LTE devices, including their GALAXY S II LTE smartphones and GALAXY 8.9 tablets. Samsung has been actively collaborating with Telefónica for LTE trial services with LTE dongles, MiFi devices and LTE smartphones.

    Alcatel-Lucent’s lightRadio, introduced a year ago, is a Rubik’s Cube-sized device that contains radios and antennae and can be mounted on rooftops, phone poles and bus shelters. Multiple U.S. carriers are testing lightRadio and may begin deploying it this year, according to Marcus Weldon, chief technology officer at Paris-based Alcatel-Lucent. Alcatel-Lucent, along with Ericsson and Samsung, are the main vendors for Sprint’s Network Vision project.

    Telefónica say their LightRadio network utilises the same frequency for several network layers, allowing for far more efficient use of spectrum. Telefonica says it would also reduce network deployment costs by as much as 40 per cent, with energy savings of up to 35 per cent and a reduction in environmental impact.

    Telefónica says it’s a first step towards a real ‘HetNet’ network, where conventional radio base stations co-exist with 4G metro cells working on the same frequency and with no interference.

    Last week Alcatel-Lucent unveiled a new addition to its small-cell base station portfolio that incorporates carrier-grade WiFi access. Called lightRadio WiFi, it is essentially an upgraded version of the small, cube-shaped lightRadio antenna launched by Alcatel-Lucent in February 2011. The lightRadio WiFi device adds WiFi connectivity, as well as offering 2G, 3G and LTE access.

    Alcatel-Lucent says lightRadio WiFi enables mobile operators to off load cells by seamlessly switching data traffic on to WiFi but without offloading customers from their backhaul or core networks (keeping them paying customers). lightRadio WiFi is available now for trials and demonstrations, with metro and enterprise cells available in late 2012 to early 2013.

    Telefónica is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world with a significant presence in 25 countries. Last July, Telefónica, Vodafone España S.A. and Orange Spain won 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz spectrum for LTE services in Spain. Telefónica is the first to offer LTE service in Spain.
    This might be the answer on how to integrate Clearwire's network with Sprint's. Have Clearwire's larger cells colocate with Sprint's and fill in with these.

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    I could see these lightradios being popular in downtown areas of places like NYC and LA as well as in and around stadiums for big sporting events and conventions. It'll be interesting to see how they pan out in real life situations.
    Thrill me...

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    June interview of Iyad Tarazi, Sprint's VP of network development and engineering, explains how LTE small cells will change his network

    VIDEO http://www.lightreading.com/video.asp?doc_id=221510

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