Geek Week: Smarter Small Cells Makes for Better Experiences

Smart phones may be all the rage, but when they are limited by the network, no one is happy. Technologies like 3G, 4G, 4G LTE, and the like may sound great in principle, but sometimes the limitation is not between your phone and the nearest cell tower, but actually from that cell tower to the network. With the growing interest in watching videos on mobile devices like smart phones and tablets, this becomes a problem for both service providers and consumers. On the service provider side, if there are a few hundred people all trying to pull video content from 1 cell tower and that installation only has a T-1 backhaul, this will cause a digital traffic jam. From the consumer side, even the best video in the world becomes unwatchable of it hops & drops too much. Now with the advent of the “Edge Cloud” concept – where common (and sometime rather large) files (especially video files) are locally stored on a smart small cell & streamed to the consumer via Wi-Fi instead of normal cellular technologies – both parties end up happier. The carriers see a much lower drain on their network capacity and consumers enjoy a more pleasant viewing experience.

In this video, Intel is highlighting a “Smart Small Cell” that was shown at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 and developed by Ubiquisys to help provide the above solution for both the SOHO and residential space, based on Intel Atom Processors (see: or for public hotspots & large enterprises based on Intel’s upcoming Crystal Forest platform (see:

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