Smart phones like the iPhone are being adopted by consumers world-wide at an amazing rate. This phenomenon has created many problems for wireless carriers and infrastructure. Data traffic caused by smart-phone usage is more than ten times that of legacy feature phones. Further, in just ten years, the data traffic explosion will increase a thousand times.

In order to handle the coming thousand-fold increase in traffic, modem technology, which has nearly reached its theoretical limit of capability and performance, will not suffice. Use of white space also has limitations, as available frequency resources are finite.

The only viable solution would be to miniaturize base station range, in other words, make cells smaller. As base station range decreases, the load on the base station also decreases. If cell radius were reduced by half, traffic capacity per unit area would increase four times. To increase capacity a thousand-fold, we would have to reduce cell radius by one-thirtieth.

However, by decreasing cell size, an enormous number of base stations will be needed to create full coverage. Reducing cell size alone would cause a serious detriment to user experience due to the frequent occurrence of dead zones caused by gaps between the cells.

PicoCELA offers solutions for all the above-mentioned problems: 
  • High-performance backhaul technology where LAN cabling is not needed; 
  • interactive node setup that lets non-technical people easily install base stations; 
  • a node management system that enables monitoring and maintenance of the network through the cloud; 
  • the MIMOZONE, a virtual enlargement of cell coverage created by aggregating many small cells into one using PicoCELA’s innovative wireless backhaul; and innate high system capacity by virtue of the use of small cells. 

PicoCELA’s core technology, while preserving small cell’s merits, transcends their benefits. There is an enabling power in addition to the access technology that provides increased capacity and bandwidth to mobile terminals and base stations. In fact, PicoCELA wireless backhaul can add value not only to Wi-Fi, which is today’s most commonly deployed small cell type in the enterprise/consumer domain, but also to LTE femtocell, a future mainstream in the carrier domain.

Imagine a day when small cells enabled by PicoCELA will be spread all over the world. We will be surrounded by PicoCELA devices. New services will be possible: data mining by observing traffic passing through every PicoCELA device; narrowcasting that delivers various content through the small cell unit, and 3D indoor location detection. Platform to run those applications can be called today as Edge-Computer and IoT gateway. PicoCELA technology accelerate deployment of edge-computers and IoT gateways everywhere in our life, which create a revolutionary digitalized society.

Cloud-based node management systems shall monitor very large small cell groups with ease, while controlling the myriad value-added services that are possible.

PicoCELA is a company which can bridge the gap between the internet and all the spatiotemporal ubiquitous information that is present in our everyday lives. It can grow in accordance with the data traffic increase and contribute to the satisfaction of all people by offering comfortable and cheap mobile communication. As major proponents of small cells, we are creating the short-range wireless backhaul category. In addition, we are the architects who bring revolutionary services to the next-generation telecommunications industry. This is our vision.

Founder of PicoCELA,
Hiroshi Furukawa, Dr. Eng,