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Hi. While this blog is a part of Seed Catalyst’s website, I realised over the initial few weeks that a lot of you are first introduced to the firm via the blog rather than our home page.

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I will also be addressing vexing and interesting valuation and deal/term-sheet structures that would be of interest to technology start-ups at various stages of their growth.

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Miniature base stations - thumbs up for virtualisation PDF Print E-mail
Blog - New developments
Tuesday, 22 February 2011 15:49
Base transceiver station



A lot of the noise at MWC last week was around the Nokia-Microsoft partnership and the tablet onslaught. But in the noise, an interesting development seems to have gone unnoticed, that is Alcatel-Lucent’s miniature base station.

Eliminating the need for cumbersome base stations, Alca-Lu is launching 2.5 inch radio cubes which combine 2G, 3G and LTE wideband active array antennas along with a multiband remote radio head and an SOC for baseband processing. They are so small that they can be integrated with a lamp post while at the same time halving op costs and CO2 emissions. In addition they are firmware upgradeable and utilise beam forming to connect more efficiently with mobile devices. The devices are utilising microwave technology advances for backhaul and compression to connect back to the network.



Alca-Lu is positioning them for rural penetration thanks to their operational efficiency with the ability of using microwave (or IP) to connect back to the network. This is, in itself, a killer rationale for utilisation in countries with geographically dispersed populations. Moreover, in a world where mobile data is growing at gargantuan rates, Alca-Lu describes lightRadio as ’a flexible architecture that distributes intelligence throughout the network so that it can dynamically expand to meet growing demands.’


Well, if these devices become wide-spread, they could be the death-knell for femtocell devices.


And then of course, not to be left behind, NSN launched their “Liquid Radio”. This device too consists of the antenna, radiohead and baseband processing. However, unlike Alca-Lu which plans on completing most of the baseband processing ‘in the cloud’, so to speak, NSN will utilise the cloud only for overloaded cells with some baseband processing maintained at the unit itself.


Architectural variations, we don’t mind.


China Mobile, Verizon and Orange have already started showing interest, with the market expected to reach $16 Billion over the next five years......we’re watching...

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