The pCell technology will attempt to bring the full potential speed of an LTE network to your device

The pCell technology will attempt to bring the full potential speed of an LTE network to your device
Meet pCell – an innovative cell technology, which promises to bring the maximum potential speed of an LTE network at your disposal. Yes, you got that right! Thanks to pCell, the speed of your wireless service won't suffer when a lot of users share the signal, broadcasted from the same cell.

But how does it work? As you know, cell towers are used to provide users with wireless service. However, each one of these towers creates a signal cell and tries to avoid interfering with another cell's signal. All mobile devices in a given cell's range share its bandwidth and receive just a "fraction of its spectrum capacity" – as a result, the more data-hungry users gather together, the slower the wireless bandwidth becomes.

pCell, on the other hand, uses a radically different approach. It utilizes pWaves – small, inexpensive radiotransmitters that deliberately interfere with each other's signal in order to create a small "personall cell" around each mobile device. Devices with tiny pCells around them receive uninterupted signal coverage and are said to be always getting "full speed, no matter how many people are around you". The pCell technology is compatible with the already existing LTE-enabled mobile devices, which means that these can effortlessly connect to the pCells and benefit from the full spectrum of their wireless service.

The pCell technology is developed by Artemis, a small company, founded by Steve Perlman. Mr. Perlman has been involved with a lot of innovative breakthroughs, such as OnLive, the cloud-based gaming portal. He demonstrated the pCell technology by simultaneously streaming 4K and 1080p Full HD videos in only 10MHz of wireless spectrum on several devices, which were adjacent to each other.

pCell is currently being tested across several areas in San Francisco and its is expected that the first commercial deployment will take place in late 2014.

source: Artemis via Recode



1. cleat-glitch

Posts: 109; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

guess it cant fit in my back pocket

2. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012


7. bigstrudel

Posts: 621; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Adjust your settings and use cached music instead of streaming. Battery disaster overted. If that's not enough then you should probably go outside more often anyways.

3. IliyaBeshkov

Posts: 261; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

Amazing!!!!! So excited. :)

4. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 557; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Google & Apple will definitely try to acquire Artemis.Great tech.hats off.

5. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

I'll believe it when I see it and when others verify it is doing exactly what he says it is doing, hopefully that will be today when he demos it at Columbia University.

6. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

Is this reducing the amount of people using the frequency range so that others can get more download bandwidth?

8. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

I guess I have to wait until I can afford LTE to enjoy this

9. Joshua9007

Posts: 94; Member since: Jun 08, 2012

This sounds much like what other companies are trying to do with pico and micro cells. I have also heard of Alcatel-Lucent light radio technology, beamforming and how 4x4 MIMO will optimize LTE networks. Basically this technology is an extension of this in a smaller package (and for less customers per antenna). I do not trust what they are calling the p-cell technology, as I think that it is really something else that they are coining a phrase for. What I know is that even this video states that there needs to be multiple of these antennas to achieve these results, so this technology even if it is as good as it is stating, will only be useful in stadiums/subways/and any other extremely congested areas. The fact that these radios purposely interfere with each other will cause other issues, when someone walks by several antennas will there be a smooth seamless handoff's, and how will it interplay with the macro networks. Other technologies can handle more connections simultaneously and keep throughput high enough to stream multiple high definition movies at once, and will seamlessly handoff to the macro network. This would be more impressive if they showed a live demonstration of speed tests all slowing when on the traditional networks, and then showing the same exact demo with their new equipment.

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