Can Artemis Deliver 5G Service On Your 4G Phone?

Start-up Artemis Networks aims to boost wireless data capacity with its pCell technology. But experts are skeptical

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Can Artemis Deliver 5G Service On Your 4G Phone?
The Anti-Cell: Artemis Networks’ pWave radio access points transmit data to multiple wireless devices at once using the same slice of spectrum.
Photo: Artemis Neworks

“This is going to change everything,” said Steve Perlman in a New York City hotel room in February, two days before revealing that his new start-up, Artemis Networks, plans to commercialize its pCell wireless technology. “We can deliver in 2014 all the goals of 5G on 4G phones,” he said, including more network capacity and faster, more reliable connections.

Many wireless experts aren’t convinced. “This is a promising technology, but some of the claims seem too good to be true,” says Lingjia Liu of the University of Kansas, in Lawrence.

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The Cellular Industry’s Clash Over the Movement to Remake Networks

The wireless industry is divided on Open RAN’s goal to make network components interoperable

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Photo: George Frey/AFP/Getty Images

We've all been told that 5G wireless is going to deliver amazing capabilities and services. But it won't come cheap. When all is said and done, 5G will cost almost US $1 trillion to deploy over the next half decade. That enormous expense will be borne mostly by network operators, companies like AT&T, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone, and dozens more around the world that provide cellular service to their customers. Facing such an immense cost, these operators asked a very reasonable question: How can we make this cheaper and more flexible?

Their answer: Make it possible to mix and match network components from different companies, with the goal of fostering more competition and driving down prices. At the same time, they sparked a schism within the industry over how wireless networks should be built. Their opponents—and sometimes begrudging partners—are the handful of telecom-equipment vendors capable of providing the hardware the network operators have been buying and deploying for years.

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