Wireless Developments in 2020: Our Predictions
Every year the wireless industry sees new achievements and faces new challenges. Looking ahead at the new year – and in fact the new decade – our experts have compiled a summary of the new developments we expect to see and what the industry needs to do to meet the challenges of the coming years. Topics include transportation, rural reach and private networks
The Potential Impact of Switching Off 2G in the UK
The UK’s three 2G networks, which have been operating since the 1990s, still provide voice and machine- to-machine (M2M) services to important segments of these markets. While voice user numbers are falling rapidly, M2M quantities are growing and include the national smart meter network, which is still being deployed. 2G voice and text services are typically used by the elderly, who want simple, non-touchscreen phones – so called ‘senior phones’ – and by tourists coming to the UK.
5G early learning
5G means new technology challenges and new rollout demands, not to mention new services, business models, products and partnerships. As we enter the last six months of the highly significant and influential 5G-PPP Phase 1 project 5G-NORMA, and begin our next 5G-PPP project, 5G-MoNArch, we reflect on progress towards 5G.
Identification and quantification of key socio-economic data to support strategic planning for the introduction of 5G in Europe
This study fills a major void in 5G research by forecasting the qualitative and quantitative socio-economic benefits of 5G. The study has been closely aligned with 5G-PPP activities and more than 150 experts have contributed to the research.
Techniques for increasing the capacity of wireless broadband networks: UK, 2012-2030
This project was conducted by Real Wireless on behalf of Ofcom in order to determine the role which existing and additional spectrum, notably a potential 700 MHz band, might play in meeting growing demand for wireless broadband capacity over the next 10 to 20 years. The role of additional spectrum is considered against the background of a wide range of other capacity-enhancing techniques – including LTE-Advanced and small cells – which the wireless industry is developing and which are expected to emerge over the study period.
Under pressure: tackling railway connectivity in 2016
Wireless connectivity on trains remains a significant technical and commercial challenge. Although rail passengers across the globe are now familiar with the presence of on-board Wi-Fi, the limited capacity of such services remains a significant obstacle to delivering the reliable performance that’s increasingly demanded by regulators and passengers.
And as rail operators face growing pressure from passengers and governments to tackle the wireless challenge, momentum is growing around the world to develop convincing solutions.