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7 communications tech trends for 2015

12 Feb 2015  | Olga Shapiro

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As IoT engineering advances, the technology will drastically change how things communicate and the advance will significantly impact both the consumer and manufacturer. For consumers, there will be more wearable, smarter and faster phones. Manufacturers will see more intelligent factories and energy grids. Smarter machinery control will symbolise the next crucial transition. According to National Instruments, an efficient testing system capable of integrating data with different formats is critical. Without such systems, testing costs will remain almost as high as equipment manufacturing costs.

Internet of Things

5G

Communication SPs are also investing in technology for the next generation of wireless communication: 5G. 5G is responsible for the advent of massive multiple input multiple output (MIMO), which will introduce new waveforms to address orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (ODFM) shortcomings, and a move to millimetre waves (mm-waves) for more spectrum. In addition, 5G is expected to translate into a significant densification of wireless networks as well as more HetNets. There will be a more diverse variety of base stations and access points used within geographies including eNodeBs, small cells (picocells, femtocells, etc.) and relays.

Wireless networks are expected to become denser with 5G, which will surely give way to significant challenges across the wireless value chain. Those changes will span from component suppliers and equipment manufacturers to mobile network operators and contractors. Test-and-measurement companies such as Aeroflex (Now Cobham), Anritsu, Keysight Technologies, National Instruments, Rohde & Schwarz and Tektronix are working on test equipment to help bring 5G networks to life.

Looking at the technology development rate, we likely won't see a large number of live production network deployments for quite some time. Still, the need for speed is one of the most important needs in today's communications industry.

MWC 2014 roundtable

The MWC 2014 roundtable with Alan Carlton of InterDigital (left), Liesbet Van der Perre from Imec (centre), Rui Aguiar from the 5GPPP (right).


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