Linked by David Adams on Wed 7th Sep 2011 21:18 UTC, submitted by sawboss
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "The typical way to increase capacity on a network is to add more infrastructure, but that's an expensive undertaking. It can also be time consuming and frustrating for network operators who have to get permission to put up new towers, or dig up the ground to lay cables. This is especially true in heavily populated areas where more antennas and traffic disruption are not what anyone wants to see. Rice University has come up with a groundbreaking solution, though. One that promises to at least double the capacity of existing networks with the addition of minimal extra hardware. That solution is full duplex wireless communication. This isn't a new concept, but one that hasn't been possible until now due to the inherent obstacles it throws up."
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This doesn't address the problem
by 3rdalbum on Thu 8th Sep 2011 07:47 UTC
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This doesn't address the real problems.

1. 3G networks are already overloaded by people using them as their everyday internet connection, watching Youtube etc. Allowing higher throughput on existing infrastructure will make the problem worse, not better.

2. 3G connections are still prone to "dropping out" occasionally; more likely in the middle of an important download. If Rice University can figure out a way of making 3G networks more reliable, THEN I'll be impressed. Otherwise, next loser.

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