Future Networks examines technology for the cellular and mobile broadband networks, providing a holistic coverage from the edge to the core of the network and across all technology generations. The service provides detailed analysis and market forecasts across the networks supply chain. It assesses the role of every single node of this chain in enabling future generation mobile services. Coverage areas encapsulate all things that will transform the mobile network, including 5G and LTE Advanced Pro Networks, Carrier Unlicensed Spectrum, IOT Networks, Mobile Edge Computing, NFV and SDN, Network Cloudification, and Telco Data Analytics.
Wi-Fi is not going anywhere for a very long time. It is being adapted to new applications constantly – not only so it can maintain its relevance, but also because of demand. MIMO configurations of 802.11n – from no MIMO (1X1) to full 4X4 MIMO – provide flexibility from low cost to high performance. Wi-Fi Direct allows devices without Bluetooth to form direct connections with each other without relying on a Wi-Fi access point. When needed, Bluetooth 3.0 can leverage Wi-Fi to form a faster connection. Several years from now, 802.11ac and 802.11ad / WiGig will provide much faster speeds in the 5 GHz and 60 GHz spectrum, respectively, opening the door to even more applications and further cementing their place in various devices.