Breakthrough technologies bring faster internet speed for better mobile experience
Three breakthrough technologies just might bring cell device users one step closer to their dream of enjoying fast and uninterrupted internet speed. The formidable Google’s latest exploration into offering wireless broadband for an entire town might see completion in a few years’ time. 5BARz International’s network extender has been dazzling thousands of smartphone and tablet owners who are hard-pressed to get strong cell signals in far-off places or areas with weak internet infrastructure. Meanwhile, just rolled down the pipeline is Columbia Engineering’s groundbreaking circuitry which can double Wi-Fi speed while only using a chip that is half the size of the normal.
All these innovations, which have far-reaching implications for the telecommunications and digital industries, share one similar, urgent objective: to provide internet access at high speeds and with the least possible encumbrance to users who have difficulty getting it. These users can be found in regions that are distant from cell towers, densely populated structures that are tough for cell signals to penetrate, or are surrounded by a moribund network infrastructure that desperately needs updating if its citizens are to fully experience the advantages of living in the digital age.
Fresh off the science labs, according to Sputnik News, is the “full-duplex radio integrated circuits” or a single-antenna wireless technology which doubles nearby Wi-Fi speed while running on a nanoscale computer chip. As developed by Dr. Harish Krishnaswamy, director of Columbia High-Speed and Mm-wave Integrated Circuit Lab (CoSMIC), the silicon chip, halved its normal size, integrates a non-reciprocal circulator and a full-duplex radio, boosting the internet speed by 50 percent.
In an interview with ZME Science, Krishnawarmy enthuses, “Our circulator is the first to be put on a silicon chip, and we get literally orders of magnitude better performance than prior work. Full-duplex communications, where the transmitter and the receiver operate at the same time and at the same frequency, has become a critical research area and now we’ve shown that WiFi capacity can be doubled on a nanoscale silicon chip with a single antenna. This has enormous implications for devices like smartphones and tablets.”
While these new circuits still have to be tested to obtain concrete and consistent measurements on how they boost internet speed, the results seen in the services provided by the network extender of 5BARz International have been clear and tangible since its launch a few years ago. This plug-and-play device can jack up the cell signals of the user’s smartphone or tablet and those of his colleagues or friends within a 4,000-square-feet radius. The device’s fading energy bars light up and zoom back to a full-powered five bars. Like Columbia Engineering’s circuits, the network extender needs no antenna or cable to make it work. The network extender is portable, and can easily be tucked into one’s bag or knapsack.
Travelling businessmen and tourists alike regard the network extender as a tool as indispensable as their smartphones as it minimizes call drops and provides internet access in remote destinations or crowded conferences. No meetings or phone conversations are disrupted and the flow of data, images, and documents is continuous.
Google’s experiment in flooding an area with wireless internet is being done on a city-wide scale with Kansas City as its base of operations and main beneficiary. This is the second time that the city has become the location of the internet giant’s prized pilot program. Four years ago, some of its residents experienced a resurgence in their internet speed, thanks to Google Fiber. These days, Google wants to accomplish the same thing while doing away with the usual accessories like antennas, cables, landlines, and Wi-Fi routers.
According to Kansas City, Google will explore how popular internet behavior like video streaming, chatting, and game playing can be channeled into a radio frequency service that previously only the government and the military can use. This service, known as the Citizens Broadband Radio Service, has been opened by the Federal Communications Commission partly to decongest the airwaves that are already flooding with too much digital data transmission. Because the regular smartphone, desktop, or cell device cannot tap into this service, Google might end up inventing a whole new computer chip or another kind of antenna.
The creation of this new highway into internet airspace will take Google a few more years to finalize. Its test program will be installed and run on eight areas in downtown Kansas.
Time seems to be on the side of the innovators here, as one breakthrough after another keeps clearing the airwaves for a faster, smoother type of internet service. In the end, ultimately, it’s the customers and the cell device owners who profit.