5G: Can You Hear Me Now?

CATEGORIES : IoT, Wireless/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

The first 5G silicon has been announced. 5G network field trials are underway. The next generation of wireless everything is just about ready. Maybe. If you listen to other voices, standards groups are still wrestling with important technical issues. Big questions—small cells or large, smart base stations or streamlined ones, centralized computing or distributed—still hang […]

Darwin Comes to Cable

CATEGORIES : All, Broadcast, Wireless/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

Pause a moment, if you will, to consider the plight of the oft-reviled cable television providers. At their roots, these companies operated essentially unidirectional networks of coaxial cable for distributing analog video signals to homes. That was then. And this is now: those original co-ax networks have evolved into asymmetric, bidirectional digital data networks offering […]

No Safety without Security on the IoT

CATEGORIES : All, Data Center, IoT, System Security, Wireless/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

We have reached the stage in the evolution of the Internet of Things (IoT) where two independent processes have become self-sustaining. The first—the creative process—has begun to uncover genuinely compelling applications. Beyond $40 internet lightbulbs, in-refrigerator Webcams, and toothbrushes with smartphone apps, systems developers are starting to see—and to prototype—applications at the convergence of smart […]

From Here to 5G: A Roadmap of Challenges

CATEGORIES : All, IoT, Wireless/AUTHOR : Ron Wilson

Deploy 5G wireless networks by 2020! From research labs to service providers, these words have come to define a shared goal, almost a mantra. As a goal, the words justify all manner of R&D activities. But as a mantra, they betray a fundamental lack of definition. Just what is 5G? And what problems must we […]