>Standing 2.3" From ALU … The New Cell Tower?


Well readers, I think it’s officially time for me to open a brokerage account and start buying stock…  CNN reported today that Alcatel Lucent (ALU) is developing a product in an attempt to solve the problems of inefficiency and expensive maintenance costs of cell towers.    With increasing popularity and demand for smart phones and data usage plans, wireless providers need to adapt to the market, instead of putting caps on data usage and increasing the price for data plans.  Alcatel Lucent’s solution is lightRadio, a 2.3in cube which is 30% more efficient than cell towers except we won’t be able to see them from miles, and miles away.  How do they do it?  I don’t know… It’s science!  lightRadio will give wireless providers the freedom of putting the antenna virtually anywhere and the signal can reach up to two city blocks.  Given the small range, I can’t imagine the lightRadio having an incredibly high price tag in the eyes of wireless companies.   As of March 21, 2011 @11:14am ET, NYSE.com has ALU trading at $5.23 per share.  With a price like that and the size of my bank account (or lack thereof) I feel ALU is an attractive investment to make.  Test runs of lightRadio are expected to begin this coming September with mass production starting by 2011.  Several wireless providers have already shown an interest in the product.
P.S. To wireless providers- stop putting fake branches and leaves on your cell towers, you’re really not fooling anyone.  Do you really expect me to believe that there is one random great sequoia tree off of a highway in Connecticut?

Posted on March 22, 2011, in Tech. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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