Cell Phone Companies Working Hard To End Unsightly Cell Phone Towers

As cell phones have spread, so have large cell towers – those unsightly stalks of steel topped by transmitters and other electronics that sprouted across the country over the last decade.

Now the wireless industry is planning a future without them, or at least without many more of them. If the technology overcomes some hurdles, it could upend the wireless industry and offer seamless service, with fewer dead spots and faster data speeds.

“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,” said Wim Sweldens, president of the wireless division of Alcatel-Lucent, the French-U.S. maker of telecommunications equipment.

Picochip, a British company that’s the dominant maker of chips for femtocells, will be in Barcelona to talk about its chips for “public-access” femtocells, designed to serve up to 64 phone calls at a time, with a range of more than a mile. They could be used not just to ease wireless congestion in urban areas, but to fill in dead spots on the map, Baines said.

“Ultimately, what you end up with is a cleaner signal, with less power,” Sideco said.

Cell phone companies working hard to reduce unsightly  cell phone towers with new listening technology…..

 

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