The debate over LTE-U, which was developed outside the usual standards bodies, continues to pit the cable industry against the wireless industry. Are cable companies just being big bullies, or do they have legitimate objections to the technology?
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The industry is racing to 5G, but setting the standard for the technology won't be pretty. To help wrangle the multitude of technologies involved in the standard for 5G, a whole host of standards organizations have stepped in. To prepare for the 5G future, we compiled a list of some of the main organizations in order to better understand how their work overlaps, who they're partnering with and when we can expect changes to occur as 5G implementation draws nearer.
For anyone with a home security system, chances are good that it has Z-Wave technology in there, but that doesn't mean anyone knows that. That's a challenge the Z-Wave Alliance is constantly trying to address, and it's one that incoming executive director Mitchell Klein will be dealing with as well.
Anyone who's spent time in traffic in California can probably appreciate the work that AT&T Labs is doing with the California Department of Transportation and the University of California at Berkeley to create smarter traffic designs and ease congestion.
Flexibility, reliability and ubiquity: When 5G comes into the conversation, these terms are likely to follow. They're part of the mess of ideas industry players are putting forward for the 5G network of the future. But how are these abstract ideas actually materializing as it comes to crunch time in 5G standardization -- and who will bring them together?
Wi-Fi Assist is a new tool that lets iPhone users tap into cellular data when Wi-Fi signals are too weak. The problem is: It uses cellular data instead of Wi-Fi, thereby racking up big bills for some folks who are not on unlimited data plans.
Comparing spectrum to oil in terms of important to the future of wireless connectivity, Ericsson EVP and CTO Ulf Ewaldsson said that because spectrum is in such limited supply vendors like Ericsson and others need to turn their focus to technologies like massive MIMO and beamforming that promise to make better use of existing spectrum.