Magnacom proposes to revolutionize current telecommunications infrastructure by squeezing more data through existing pipes with its new WAM wave modulation technology, which it says is superior to current QAM technology. The Israeli company, which demonstrates WAM in the video below, has been awarded 15 (of 70 applications) U.S. patents in 2013 for its technology innovation.
Magnacom claims its technology can work on wired and wireless networks to increase spectral efficiency, reduce power consumption and increase the distances for wireless system coverage. Magnacom states that WAM is 100% “backward compatible” with QAM, allowing for lower cost staged upgrades across networks. It can be deployed relatively soon in wireless backhaul and satellite communications. The technology would ultimately be available in mobile devices and other mass market hardware products which require wireless/wireline connectivity.
In the demo seen here from CES 2014, WAM was able to reduce the signal-to-noise ratio tolerance by 10 decibels. This translated into four-times the distance in signal reach; a 40% increase in spectral efficiency, or 50% power reduction – compared with what would be possible with QAM over identical channel conditions.
Here are some examples Magnacom provided of what this could mean for carriers, original equipment manufacturers and any company connecting hardware to wireline/wireless networks:
–Increased return on investment for carrier investment in spectrum and networks.
–Increased Wi-Fi and cellular in-building coverage.
–Lower power consumption for connected mobile devices; hence, longer battery life.
–Improved call quality and more efficient transfer of voice and data.
–Better coverage in rural areas; better speed and throughput in urban areas.
–Lower cost to build out networks in urban areas (fewer base stations for the same coverage).
–Lower power consumption at network base stations; hence, lower operating costs.
Magnacom is currently engaging with several partners to productize its WAM technology.