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Nokia Networks to trial Artemis Networks’ pCell technology

Nokia and Artemis have signed an MoU to ‘collaborate in the prototyping and trialling of Artemis pCell wireless technology’ in 2016 with wireless operators.

Nokia Networks and Rearden LLC have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly test Artemis pCell wireless technology in 2016 with wireless operators, initially in large indoor venues and other high density areas.

Both companies say that ‘pCell has the potential to enhance the capacity of conventional 4G TD-LTE networks in certain use cases, while remaining compatible with unmodified devices.’

Under the agreement, the companies will jointly offer pCell Proof-of-Concept deployments to selected Nokia Networks customers.

The companies may extend the collaboration to consider further advanced features that could be enabled by pCells, such as precise 3D location positioning.

So, what are the pCell wireless technology highlights?

  • pCell technology brings a radical new approach to wireless that is intended to exploit - rather than avoid - interference to synthesise a tiny personal cell (a “pCell”) for each wireless device.
  • This enables each device to use the full capacity of spectrum concurrently, rather than taking turns sharing spectrum with other devices.

Hossein Moiin, Executive Vice President and CTO at Nokia Networks, said: “In addition to creating transformative internal innovations, we continuously look for and evaluate external innovations to bring the most advanced solutions to the operators.

“We are keen to see the potential for pCell in enhancing 4G LTE downlink and uplink capacity given the rapidly growing network demands such as concurrent HD video streaming.”

Steve Perlman, Founder & CEO of Artemis Networks, said: “We are delighted to collaborate with Nokia, the world’s leading 4G LTE network vendor, to offer pCell Proof-of-Concept deployments to selected customers.

“pCell technology has the potential to significantly increase the downlink and uplink capacity of spectrum, while remaining compatible with existing 4G LTE devices.”

Giuseppe Caire, Advisory Board Member of Artemis Networks and Professor at USC Viterbi School of Engineering and Alexander von Humboldt, Professor at the Technical University of Berlin, said: “The early trials showed pCell achieving far higher concurrent user capacity than any wireless technology I am aware of.”

A backgrounder on how pCell technology works has been published at the same time as this article and can be read at iTWire here

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So, what is some of the background already available on pCell technology and Steve Perlman? Here's my own list of must-research resources:

Way back in 2011, the world got a glimpse of Artemis Networks’ technology in a white paper talking about DIDO technology, which you can read iTWire’s report on here

Fast forward a few years and on 19 February 2014, the Founder and CEO of Artemis Networks, Steve Perlman, gave a lecture explaining how his pCell technology works, which you can see here. It is also embedded directly below - plenty more continues after the video, please read on. 

There were doubters in the audience who insisted such technology already existed, or was somehow a violation of Shannon’s Law, but Perlman explained how it all worked.

On the same date, Artemis launched a 2 minute 44 second company video to show how the technology worked and the benefits it offered, which you can see here. It is also embedded directly below - see lots more after the video, please read on!

A second video of 9 minutes and 11 seconds on the same date offered a hands-on, live demonstration of pCell technology, which you can watch here. It is also embedded directly below - plenty more continues after the video, please read on.

Steve Perlman then gave a lecture at Stanford on 1 May 2014, at 1 hour, 23 minutes and 11 seconds, which you can watch here. It is also embedded directly below - yet more continues after the video, please read on. 

Another jaw dropping demonstrationn of Artemis technology was done on 14 March 2014 in a 5 minute and 9 second video which you can watch here. It is also embedded directly below - yes, there's still more after the video, please read on.

Then on 23 February 2015, earlier this year, Steve Perlman showed how pCell technology could achieve 35 times the spectral efficiency of LTE technology, in a 4 minute 10 second video you can watch here which was not only incredible, but just the beginning of what pCell technology can offer - which is to deliver the equivalent of 2020’s 5G technology but today in 2015.

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I wrote an article about it at the time entitled: “Video: pCells deliver 35x LTE spectral efficiency, is Telstra’s Andrew Penn reading?”. 

This article also linked to a 99-page pCell White paper, a must read document (PDF link). 

After all, the future has already been invented, it just hasn’t been widely distributed yet.

More MUST-READ information on how pCells work has been supplied by Artemis today, which has been written up in an iTWire article here.


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