The cube is still around...and a very good product...but now there are a lot of competing "cubes"....it will likely make money, for sure...but not be anywhere near the financial juggernaut everyone thought upon its introduction....still, all in all, it speaks well of ALU's technological prowess...and will make money.
Some of Verizon service customer thoughts about the ALU cube:
"The unit itself, maybe under $10. Article mentions the need for a fiber link to a remote facility to house possible 1U (I added this) or more of support equipment. Might end up costing a carrier $30k to deploy with licensing, labor, adding gear, space rental on buildings since you really can't have gear on poles in most places. It will not be cheap compared to what we might be thinking. But this is great for phone retail stores (people can run benchmarks off a local cell lol. Either way this device is cheap compared tot he cost of putting up a more common carrier pole which run the price of a small home (California prices)".
"Verizon could really use this in some of my local stores. My local Target has no data service for pretty much the entire store, and amusingly enough, the Verizon Wireless store is in the same shopping complex! Luckily, Target has a guest WiFi, so I can still comparison shop. However, I would prefer to rely on my LTE connection instead! "
"Maybe they will deploy something like this near my house. It's almost like I have a dampening field around my property due to valleys and hills. Tech support said it is likely to stay that way. I can drive 1,000 feet in ether direction and get good service. My house has zero bars and a few places around the property can get one bar (sometimes)."
"Maybe they will deploy something like the cube near my house. It's almost like I have a dampening field around my property due to trees and hills. Tech support said it is likely to stay that way. I have a cell tower less than one mile from my front door yet less than one bar outside and NO bars in side the house. Verizon sent me a product that has an antenna outside and boosts the cell signal inside so my phone will work. Wonder why they didn't use the cube and help others in the neighborhood.