Companies register a win-win when they not only generate profits but also improve the lives of their customers, sometimes quite dramatically. Microsoft has embarked on a global strategy to develop and promote TV white space technology.
Struggling to catch up with Asia and North America, which have set the pace for LTE deployments, Europe is focusing on the next generation of mobile communications, commonly called 5G. The flagship project leading this effort is METIS 2020, which aims to position Europe as a 5G leader.
When it comes to Wi-Fi advancements, a lot of the focus over the years has been on improving maximum data speeds. But IEEE's 802.11HEW initiative is a taking a different tack.
Qualcomm's newly unveiled Internet Processor product line for networking the "smarthome" via an always-on gateway puts the spotlight on an ugly reality regarding the envisioned Internet of Things: If we, our devices and homes are constantly connected to the cloud, that more than likely means the power-hungry network equipment in our residences is sucking up energy 24x7.
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Ulf Ewaldsson, the company's senior vice president and CTO, talked with Sue Marek, editor in chief of FierceWirelessTech about 5G, the coming launch of VoLTE and the company's "network for a networked society" vision. The following is an excerpt of that interview.
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The wireless local area network market experienced a year-over-year expansion of 10 percent during the recently ended third quarter, with 802.11ac Wi-Fi shipments for the enterprise playing a big factor, according to a fresh study from Dell'Oro Group.
The Small Cell Forum rolled out a new release designed to make it easier for mobile operators to deploy small cells within businesses. "Release Two: Enterprise" leverages group members' experiences and best practices from successful deployments.
Nokia Solutions and Networks made a multi-year commitment to research 5G technologies in collaboration with the NYU Wireless research center, a joint program of New York University and Polytechnic Institute of NYU (NYU-Poly).
Site acquisition and delivery of backhaul and power are widely documented gating factors restricting extensive deployments of outdoor small cells. Alcatel-Lucent hopes to alleviate those challenges via a site certification program that brings together a variety of partners, which have contributed to a database of more than half a million sites suitable for small cells.
Stanene, a theorized material fabricated from a single layer of tin atoms, is being touted as a potential future replacement for copper wiring in chips by a team of theoretical physicists from the U.S. Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University.
Europe is moving forward with its effort to stake a claim on the 5G beachhead as it formalizes plans to accelerate and structure research and innovation via a 5G public private partnership (5G PPP).