Posted by Darren Willsher on Aug 29, 2013
Today sees the launch, in London at least, of 4G services from Vodafone and O2, finally catching up with EE, which launched what feels like an eternity ago.
This is the end of what’s been a fairly complicated and drawn out affair, with all sides complaining about the other and the last few months have seen some interesting manoeuvring as they try and tempt consumers across to the more expensive plans.
While the 4G service from EE has been impressive, the number of people switching over hasn’t quite hit the level it was hoping for. So after spending lord only knows how much on new infrastructure, Vodafone and O2 have been working on some clever bundles to get people to switch.
The good folks at Pocket Lint have put together a solid post looking at the different options and costs here, but what’s clear is that the offer of high-speed data isn’t enough to get people to pay the extra.…
Posted by Darren Willsher on Jul 10, 2013
If you’ve been in London recently then you may have spotted some adverts on the tube about the 4G mobile network and the digital switchover. Yesterday Ofcom also released a statement announcing that it has decided to allow mobile phone operators to use their existing 2G and 3G radio spectrum for superfast 4G mobile broadband in the future.
This is all on top of a stack of media attention on the 4G network and the race between the different UK operators to get their networks live.
What makes this particularly interesting is how it’s taken a very technical subject and dragged it into the mainstream public eye. Normally if you started talking about the challenges of 800MHz versus 2100 and the propagation characteristics of either, well you’ve probably already gone cross eyed.
However this is now something people are paying more attention to. I’m not suggesting your gran has suddenly become an expert on mobile network optimisation, but those with a casual interest in tech are now reading about the 4G auction and the different frequency bands and starting to appreciate the differences.…
Posted by David Marsden on Jun 24, 2013
So last week, the world of wireless got a little more serious with the launch of the first certified 802.11ac products. .11ac (for short) is the new flavour of the long-evolving Wi-Fi alphabet soup – this one is two to three times faster. Most of us today will be using either .11g or .11n at home, or on our smartphones and tablet devices.
Where .11g delivers a (theoretical maximum) 54Mbps (Megabits per second) data rate, and .11n typically said to offer up to 300Mbps, the new .11ac is taunting us with (at least in theory) speeds approaching gigabit (that means 1Gbps). .11ac technology has the potential to go much faster in the future as well. Ask me how that works and I’ll try to explain clever blends of RF modulation schemes, 5GHz frequencies and antenna configurations…
But what is this all for? Where are we going to see the technology used and how can we benefit from the new faster Wi-Fi?…
Posted by David Marsden on Jun 13, 2013
I’ve blogged previously both on the question of innovation and on the need for standardisation. A solid and widely adopted technology gives a perfect platform for innovative new technologies to be developed quickly and easily –a standard provides this base.
The established installed base of billions of Bluetooth devices in the market is one such platform. I blogged earlier this year about the relative pace of wireless innovation, and significant hardware innovations provide the foundation for more rapid innovations, which might be in software. But equally, the flood of innovations might come from the hardware systems or end products designed around the core technology.
For over 10 years I worked with CSR, the very successful British company that made Bluetooth work in a type of integrated chip technology called CMOS, which others said couldn’t be used for a wireless radio.…
Posted by David Marsden on Jun 11, 2013
Following the North American wireless show CTIA at the end of May, there are growing signs of momentum in the machine-to-machine (M2M) market. Rethink Wireless reported: “we could definitely see signs of its real adoption”.
To get an industry perspective on this we invited a guest blog from Alan Woolhouse, Director of Weightless Marketing, to share his view on some of the driving applications in M2M and what it’s really going to take to realise this massive opportunity.
You don’t have to be at the forefront of technology to have been touched by the fundamental shifts in the way we are globally embracing Smart Cities, Smart Grid, Smart Meters, Big Data, M2M and the Internet of things.
These developments will continue to evolve way beyond what we can imagine today. But, at the start of 2013, it’s clear that we are already seeing themes and patterns coalesce, and models being deployed to realise the visions that have been building over the last few years.…