Steve Perlman, CEO of Artemis Networks, claims that his pCell wireless technology can consistently deliver a top speed data rate to every mobile device simultaneously, regardless of how many users are sharing the same spectrum at once.
Conventional cell towers carefully avoid interfering with each other, meaning many devices share the same cell tower, with each device getting a fraction of the spectrum capacity.
pWave radios transmit signals that deliberately interface with each other, combining multiple signals to synthesize tiny pCells of just one cm in size around the mobile device, thus creating a “cloud” of superpowered internet around the phone or tablet.
A pCell or “Personal Cell” is not a physical device, but rather a tiny bubble of mobile service directed at the aerial of the mobile device. Because the pCell is only 1cm, each device can receive the full spectrum capacity, and 100% signal at all times.
The technology has been designed to work with 4G LTE devices, so many smartphones could already take advantage of pCell technology. However “pCell-native” devices can be faster than LTE, with fiber-class latency. Yet it is claimed that p-Wave radios use a 1 milliwatt transmitter, compared with 250 milliwatts used by most Wi-Fi radios and even larger amounts of power used by cellular towers.
Artemis claim that instead of avoiding interfering signals, combining signals is actually beneficial.
Perlman has released a video demonstrating the ability of pCell technology. In the first demonstration, he shows four 1080p HD videos, plus two 4k HD videos streaming simultaneously via LTE dongles. The second demonstration shows 8 iPhones streaming HD video even while essentially stacked on top of each other. The demonstration video is below. A demonstration with 16 phones can be seen here.
Stuff.tv report that the technology will be trialled in San Francisco this year, followed by a global trial next year.
Perlman claims that the technology could be deployed in all major markets by the end of 2015. However, the slow adoption of 4G by existing networks gives us doubt that a large-scale upgrade would be so soon.
The claims of being 1000 times faster than that of 4G are yet to be proven.