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Squeezing the juice out of current telecom infrastructure

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.


Martha DeGrasse
Martha DeGrasse
Martha DeGrasse is the publisher of Network Builder Reports ( At RCR, Martha authored more than 20 in-depth feature reports and more than 2,400 news articles. She also created the Mobile Minute and the 5 Things to Know Today series. Prior to joining RCR Wireless News, Martha produced business and technology news for CNN and Dow Jones in New York and managed the online editorial group at Hoover’s Online before taking a number of years off to be at home when her children were young. Martha is the board president of Austin's Trinity Center and is a member of the Women's Wireless Leadership Forum.

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