AT&T (s t) is using Intucell’s self-optimizing network (SON) technology to turn its mobile broadband networks from what are now static collections of cells into the networking equivalent of an organism. Rather than meekly pass subscribers back and forth, AT&T’s 4G cells will become aware of the network as a whole, expanding and contracting to meet the capacity needs of its subscribers as they move throughout.

Sounds like science fiction, but this is real technology commercially available today. Israeli startup Intucell has already deployed it in its home country with operator Pelephone and is engaged in multiple other trials. AT&T, however, is the big fish, and Intucell is hoping its nationwide launch of the technology across its HSPA and LTE networks will validate SON for the rest of the world.

I detailed how Intucell’s dynamic SON platform works in December, but in short, it uses a distributed network intelligence to…

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