Verizon Wireless has installed cell phone network equipment made by Lucent Technologies that, in the future, will allow for the use of smart antennas. Smart antennas increase the amount of voice and data traffic that flows over a cell phone network.
Carriers hope to use smart antennas to combat dead spots in their cell phone networks. Smart antennas are still being developed. A Lucent representative said he expects these new types of antennas to reach the United States by next year.