Your cell phone signal could soon be getting a huge boost thanks to a relatively minor tweak, if researchers at Rice University have their way.
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A team led by Rice professor of electrical and computer engineering Ashutosh Sabharwal has managed to successfully demonstrate their method of increasing wireless network throughput - the rate of successful message delivery - by 70 percent, with mostly existing mobile device and cell tower hardware.
That ultimately means wireless network providers can provide more customers with faster and smoother transmitting of all data-intensive operations - including calls, video streaming and downloading apps - without having to install expensive new cell towers.
"Our solution requires minimal new hardware, both for mobile devices and for networks, which is why we've attracted the attention of just about every wireless company in the world," Sabharwal said in a release. "The bigger change will be developing new wireless standards for full-duplex. I expect people may start seeing this when carriers upgrade to 4.5G or 5G networks in just a few years."