NovaUCD firm makes waves in global wireless industry


25 Jun 2009

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Established in 2008, Socowave has been working on advanced wireless technology called Active Panel Antenna (APA) that promises not only faster internet access for mobile web surfers, but also claims to cut base station electricity consumption by up to 50pc for wireless networks, thus reducing costs and carbon footprint. In fact, this brand-new market for […]

Established in 2008, Socowave has been working on advanced wireless technology called Active Panel Antenna (APA) that promises not only faster internet access for mobile web surfers, but also claims to cut base station electricity consumption by up to 50pc for wireless networks, thus reducing costs and carbon footprint.

In fact, this brand-new market for APA is estimated to have an annual market potential of over €2bn.

Founder of Socowave Joe Moore (pictured) will be talking about the benefits of this new technology and how it works at an upcoming presentation to global infrastructure vendors and mobile network operators preparing to migrate to 4G networks (LTE and mobile WiMax).

For next-generation communications networks, Socowave’s technology can improve the quality of the wireless link between the mobile user and their chosen operator, which could translate to data transfer rates up to 10 times faster than currently seen.

Moore explained: “Socowave’s technology allows the network operator to provide ‘near fixed-line’ quality to mobile users. Before now, the network had no way of knowing where the user’s signal came from and therefore when service deteriorated, and so could not take corrective actions to improve the reception.

“Now, with users spread across an area, the network can actively optimise the wireless link to each user and do so even if they are all on-the-move and reception conditions are changing.”

By Marie Boran

Pictured: founder of Socowave Joe Moore