Broadband is emerging as the lifeblood of social interaction and of the digital economy. Whether services are sourced from the internet or from the cloud; whether interactions are peer-to-peer, within an organization, or involve a network of individuals around the world, availability of broadband communications is critical. Providing ubiquitous high speed internet access is a central focus of governments, corporations, educational institutions and NGOs. As momentum continues to develop, mobility and wireless services are emerging as central. Wireless broadband brings high bandwidth internet to areas lacking infrastructure, enables a range of new devices, and provides continuous access to must-have services for individuals on the go. As devices continue to evolve past smartphones and media tablets, the impact of wireless broadband services will be seen by every individual, in every organization, in every country—whether in the developed world, where new mobile services will continue to develop, or in the undeveloped and developing areas where it will empower the citizens and bring essential services out to remote regions that would otherwise remain unserved.
Wireless Broadband services are beginning to emerge with enhanced 3G cellular services, backed by Wi-Fi/WLAN. These enhanced services have been billing themselves as “4G”, with recent approval by the ITU. But the generational designation of decreasing importance, except to marketing. Today’s enhanced services are capable of providing the beginnings of a broadband experience, with streaming video and audio services, VOIP, and a range of data services and apps capable of communicating with the internet and public or private clouds. Waiting just on the wings are “Real 4G” services that provide
much higher bandwidth and greater efficiencies; and the Wi-Fi/WLAN area is
about to unleash extremely high bandwidth services capable of providing local
connections to high bandwidth wireless and wireline networks, as well as
personal area networks (PANs) and device networks.
As services become available, the network market will increasingly be driven by the devices which it sustains. Starting with the iPhone, iPad, smartphone, and Android ecosystems, the demand for mobile data is set to explode. Devices link sensor data to the network and draw down multimedia for a widening array of services, ranging from business, finance and medicine to personal social interaction and collective problem solving. This market pressure will continue to grow as the vision of ubiquitous and
affordable broadband access continues to mature. Both devices and network infrastructure will interoperate and seamlessly cross modes in heterogeneous networks (HetNets) that will start to combine previously disparate technologies. This will be aided by convergence upon concepts in radio and spectrum usage, in data compression and transmission, and, ultimately, in how services are provided to the end user, through which pipes.
As we enter this new era, it is important to understand the technology and how it has developed. Verities of the past have disappeared in the wireless sector over just the past two years. Business models have changed, concepts have coalesced, and services once thought central have begun to morph into different offerings or entirely disappear. My new report, the Definitive Guide to Broadband Wireless Networks: WiMax, WiFi,
LTE, and 4G provides the guidance that you need to pursue this new technology,
whether you are a carrier, device supplier, or a user company.
Brian Dooley, Mind Commerce Analyst
Mr. Dooley is Analyst for the recently released research The Definitive Analysis of Broadband Wireless Networks: WiMax,WiFi, LTE, and 4G Infrastructure
This research represents the most comprehensive research available that evaluates broadband wireless technology, market place, business drivers, and ecosystem including
WiFi, WiMAX, LTE, and supporting 4G network infrastructure. It is a must read
for anyone involved in network and business planning, nework and application
development, product management, corporate development and M&A.
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