"Behind door number one we find Arraycomm, a Silicon Valley company determined to change the world through the deployment of smart antennas. A smart antenna in this case is actually an array of antennas (hence Arraycomm, get it?) managed by a very smart computer. By processing received signals from, say, a portable cellphone, the smart antenna can literally shape its own transmission and reception patterns to increase both range and the ability to discriminate between different phone operating on the same frequency. Arraycomm's antennas are VERY smart. Five years ago, I saw a company demonstration in which two cellphones could operate on the same frequency in the same room and still not interfere, even as the cellphone users walked around the room and passed in front of each other. The signal lock was never lost.
What this means, or more properly what it could have meant, was that three to four times as many users could have been crammed onto a cell system that actually had fewer cell sites. Performance would have been better, interference less, and range
increased, perhaps at a reduction in system price. Only it pretty much didn't happen that way, which suggests that the price model wasn't that favorable. And it really shouldn't be surprising, given that the kind of signal processing taking place in an Arraycomm antenna is analogous to what happens in an MRI machine down at the hospital."
That was a real good link. I went back and read a bunch of his articles and that guy is smart and well informed. He filled in some gaps in my knowledge on SONET. By the way if you read the article completly it says Arraycom is now quietly being funded by Sony . That must be the reason this stock took off since their technology can do similar functions. MTWV might beome a must-be-acquired-at-all-costs type company since its technology could be altered to deliver high speed wireless connections. Think ARPT, different technology area but similar reasons, CSCO had to have it since they could sell ARPT products along with their routers.
issues like these : "Cell phone tower near trail opposed
HAGERSTOWN, Md. - A proposal to put a 190-foot telecommunications tower within a mile of the Appalachian Trail is encountering regional resistance. The Harpers Ferry Conservancy, a conservation group in West Virginia, considers the American Tower Corp. plan a "full frontal assault" on the landscape, Executive Director Paul Rosa said.
The Appalachian Trail Conference has not taken a position but it is studying the issue, said David Reus, conference telecommunications coordinator.
The Washington County Board of Zoning Appeals will discuss the issue June 7, when it considers landowner Michelle Reilly's request for an exception that would allow the company to put the tower on her property.
American Tower attorney Patrick Welsh said the tower... "
One of the most frugal and better option -> SMART ANTENNAE