A mobile phone tower in the palm of your hand – what could it mean for the NBN?

If it’s not too late to abandon the $30 billion+ National Broadband Network (NBN), it may be worth doing so, given the rapid technological advances in ICT we’re seeing, such as lightRadio, which must significantly increase the risk that the NBN is a big white elephant. From CNNMoney:

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — As mobile data usage skyrockets, wireless companies are spending billions each year to maximize capacity, and consumers end up footing the cost in the form of higher cell phone bills.

But a cube that fits in the palm of your hand could help solve that problem.

It’s called lightRadio, a Rubik’s cube-sized device made by Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) that takes all of the components of a cell phone tower and compresses them down into a 2.3-inch block. Unlike today’s cell towers and antennas, which are large, inefficient and expensive to maintain, lightRadio is tiny, capacious and power-sipping.

The future is wireless. The case for building the NBN is looking increasingly shaky.

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