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Breakthrough wireless disruption
Posted: 3 March 2014

Steve Perlman of Artemis Networks is going beyond the limits of the wireless spectrum - but he's sticking to radio to do it. Rather than turning to LEDs to distribute high speed broadband to mobile devices, he has created a unique software-defined network that uses the interference of overlapping signals to provide a 'personal cell' for every device, no matter how many are active in the coverage area.

It's a big problem for 4G LTE devices in congested cities. The high number of users on the same base station quickly degrades the service until it becomes "unusable". The solution of more, smaller cells is expensive, complex and doesn't address the basic problem of people competing for the same spectrum slice.

Artemis uses feedback from the device to recode the signals so that only you only receive yours - clearly and with no loss of speed. And it works for everyone in the signal area in the same way. With lots of small transmitters creating overlapping signals, it's simple to provide quality coverage for lots of users at low cost. It works with existing LTE devices, and will work even better for devices built specifically for Artemis pCell.

This is disruptive technology at its finest. Up till now, spectrum was a scarce commodity and only serious carriers could invest in the networks needed for high-speed mobile broadband, which is needed for things like HD video streaming. But the more people using it, the quicker it degrades, and demand is rising fast. Using Artemis's technology, an ISP can install a mesh network for broadband only and not bother with voice networks. Granted it's licensed spectrum, but they can maximise the channels available.

This will eclipse LTE in short order, and make WiFi obsolete. If you've got mobile broadband that feels like a fiber experience, why would you need anything else? Unlimited data plans will be the norm, especially if the ISPs support these networks in a big way. Facetime and video calling will take off, becoming the norm for urban communication. Traditional mobile operators will have to re-invent themselves, again.

As we've suggested in another MindBullet, the bandwidth bubble will burst, and everyone will have as much as they need. Treating bandwidth as an expensive, scarce asset will fail, as it becomes a ubiquitous, cheap commodity, even free. It looks like this scenario is poised to materialise, starting right now.

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