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London Preps for Olympic Games, LTE Wireless Technology Needed to Handle Consumer Demand

Chip maker Picochip has claimed London would need 70,000 cells to deploy next generation Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile wireless technology.

The company states that to meet growing demands for mobile services in the capital, network providers would have to move fast to deploy LTE technology in the city.

The report compiled by Picochip will be presented in a conference of mobile base stations by CEO Doug Pulley.

The company, which makes semiconductors, compiled the report on the basis of web traffic parts, geography and the current services available to mobile customers.

"For London to offer its residents high speed LTE mobile Internet in 2015, it needs 70,000 small cells and this will also deliver minimal traffic congestion," said Pulley.

"With the Olympics just around the corner and the Mayor of London admitting that the networks will struggle to cope, the need for small cells to deliver added coverage and capacity is greater than ever," he added.

Pulley claims that although Wi-Fi connections are also available for users, small cells will have to be deployed in some of the most congested areas to cope with web traffic and cater to the consumer demand.