The Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) announced on June 22 that it has succeeded in developing the core software and basic technology to make small cells, large-scale base stations, with the potential to reduce the number of communication blind spots.
To date, global communications enterprises have dominated technologies related to small cells that have received a lot of attention as future growth industries of the next communications market. However, ETRI's success in developing a new tech for small cells will make it possible to localize small cells. In the past, local small and medium-sized companies had to buy foreign software to make products.
The new technology enables small cells to function like wireless application processors with a 1 km radius. Therefore, the tech will enable people to use the Internet without interruptions in areas with low receiver sensitivity through connections between cells, including areas with a lot of buildings or at the edge of a cell.
The new tech is essential in the 5G era, according to ETRI. The method is expected to be utilized in making data transmission speeds faster or in reducing energy consumption.
“I think that the development of the new technology will really help local small and medium-sized enterprises, with the intention of penetrating the 5G mobile communications market sharpen their competitiveness,” said Jung Hyun-kyu, head of the Communications & Internet Research Laboratory at the ETRI.