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.
With skyrocketing numbers of devices accessing radio spectrum for communications and other services, the issue of radio interference is getting renewed attention. Yet the issues are far from clear cut.
One of my biggest pet peeves is use of the term "Super Wi-Fi" to describe TV white space because TVWS does not entail use of standardized Wi-Fi technology or even the same spectrum as Wi-Fi. So, I just had to ask Paul Garnett, director of Microsoft's technology policy group, why the company favors that moniker.
The trend toward providing public Wi-Fi access from residential gateways for offloading and hotspot services is catching on. While I understand the sense in taking the gobs of unused broadband bandwidth being delivered to private residences and making it available for widespread use, I nonetheless see some issues that could impact this trend's broad adoption in the United States.
In Greek mythology, Metis was a cunning and wise Titan goddess capable of prophesying. In modern times, METIS is a research project being partially funded by the European Commission with an eye toward enabling its vision of the 5G future.
It can be easy to forget that "wireless" does not always refer to radio communications, though that is the most widely considered connotation. But wireless can also refer to light-based communications, which some envision as the savior of their increasingly congested RF brethren.
On Oct. 7, FierceBroadbandWireless is changing its name to FierceWirelessTech to better reflect its coverage of technical innovation in the wireless industry. To the existing coverage, we will be adding news from carrier test labs, standards bodies, and academic breakthroughs. With LTE networks now covering hundreds of millions in the United States and rapidly expanding across the globe, we've reached the day that almost all wireless is "broadband." FierceBroadbandWireless has covered this transformation from 2G to 4G, and now we need a new name to take us into the future.
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about several wireless-related features missing from Apple's new iPhone 5s and 5c. On the list was the iPhones' lack of support for high-speed 802.11ac Wi-Fi. However, it is worth mentioning that the new smartphones do include another particularly important Wi-Fi feature: Hotspot 2.0.