With new, more data-hungry devices being developed and distributed at an increasingly rapid rate, and serious discussions among network operators about how to improve the capacity of their networks, small cell technology has never been more relevant than it is today. To help you keep track of some of the conversations taking place on the social web, we’ve put together a few of our top multimedia finds.
[Infographic] How Data Travels Along A “Wireless” Network
An informative infographic explaining how data is transported along wireless networks. This cuts through the jargon and shows just how the data that consumers use on a daily basis makes its way around the mobile data network.
If you want to take a look at how Ubiquisys and Intel are trying to bring data even closer to mobile users, check our video about EdgeCloud®.
Network Congestion a Boon to Femtocell Market
This isn’t exactly new content, but this recently posted video from the Mobile World Congress 2010 is just as relevant today as it was back then. In fact it might be even more relevant now, with modern devices consuming more power and data than ever before and the stalled roll out of 4G LTE.
Some brilliant insights from Simon Saunders of the Femto Forum:
First Sprint 4G LTE Bandwidth Tests
There’s a lot of debate flying around about the kind of speeds people are going to be able to reach with the network standard that has been dubbed 4G LTE. A recent PC Magazine article took a look at a couple of videos that have appeared on YouTube which claim to show the speeds that can be achieved by Sprint’s new 4G LTE towers. This user, TheComputerMaster, shows download speeds of up to 40Mbps and upload speeds capped at 5mbps which are allegedly thanks to one of these towers (although there is no way to verify this). But even if these videos turn out to be real, the question is, would they have any resemblance to the reality of using widely available 4G LTE networks? As Peter Rysavy points out in this excellent article in Information Week, increasing data usage from newer smartphones means that 4G LTE as they currently stand are going to face serious capacity issues. Add the growing number of smartphone users to this, and the picture looks even more bleak for getting incredible speeds from 4G LTE networks.
Take a look at one of the videos here and see what you think: