Researchers Lessen the Load of 3G

Researchers Lessen the Load of 3G


Wireless technology has been one of the driving factors of technological innovation and will continue to be so. The ease of use and convenience offered by 3G can easily be claimed to be one of the main reasons for the popularity of smart devices.

However, without the proper infrastructure, services such as 3G are sketchy at best. Researchers from Finland's Aalto University, funded by Tekes which is the FInnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, were working on how to improve wireless networks in African developing countries and have developed a solution.

Using network-based proxies to offload a majority of data downloading and processing, the researchers were able to increase the reach of the 3G network. The best part is that the proxies do not need to be part of the cellular network and can be run in the cloud, greatly lessening the infrastructure costs. The new setup can be employed anywhere to boost performance.

One by-product of this technology is that it is also able to cut power consumption of smartphones' 3G usage by 74 percent. The days of turning off your 3G connection to conserve battery life might be over if this research is adopted on a wider scale.

Source: Africomm 2011 (via Arstechnica)


All News Categories

News for Past 12 Months

Subscribe to HWZ Here!

Subscribe now to receive latest tech news, articles and promotions straight to your inbox!
By signing up, you indicate that you have read and agreed to the and .

Obsessed with technology?
Subscribe to the latest tech news as well as exciting promotions from us and our partners!
By subscribing, you indicate that you have read & understood the SPH's Privacy Policy and PDPA Statement.