19 Apr FUTURE TRENDS IN WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY AND NETWORKING
Wireless technology has come a long way since the first cellular networks were introduced in the 1980s. Today, it’s basically ubiquitous, with billions of people around the world using related devices to communicate, access information, and stay connected. The future of wireless technology looks even more exciting, with new advancements and innovations promising to transform the way we live, work, and play.
For example, we’re loving the recent rollout of 5G networks. Such high-speed communications offerings promise to deliver faster speeds, lower latency, and higher capacity than current 4G networks. This will enable new applications and services that were previously impossible, such as real-time remote surgeries, autonomous vehicles, and virtual reality experiences.
They’ll also enable new IoT (Internet of Things) devices and applications, as well as smart cities and connected infrastructure. This will require a significant investment in infrastructure, as 5G networks require denser networks of small cells and fiber optic cables to handle the increased data traffic.
We also greatly dig the ongoing development of new wireless standards and protocols. Wi-Fi 6 (also known as 802.11ax) promises to deliver faster speeds and more reliable connections in crowded environments, while also improving battery life for devices. This will allow for new applications and services, such as high-quality video streaming, augmented reality experiences, and smart home devices.
Other new wireless standards, such as Bluetooth 5.2 and Zigbee 3.0, promise to make new IoT applications and devices possible, as well as improved interoperability between different devices and networks. Going forward, you’ll therefore see more seamless and integrated experiences for users across different devices and platforms.
The rise of edge computing is also driving new advancements in wireless technology. Under its purview, you’ll see the processing of data closer to the source, rather than sending it to a central data center for processing. This provides for faster processing times and lower latency, which is crucial for real-time applications such as autonomous vehicles, remote surgeries, and smart cities.
Edge computing also requires new wireless technologies, such as low-power wide-area networks (LPWANs) and mesh networks, which can handle large volumes of data and provide reliable connectivity in remote or challenging environments. Adopting it allows for new applications and services in industries such as healthcare, agriculture, and manufacturing.
Then there’s the development of new devices and form factors to consider. Foldable smartphones, wearable devices, and smart glasses are just a few examples of new offerings that are changing the way we interact with technology. These devices require new wireless technologies and protocols, such as flexible antennas and ultra-wideband (UWB) connectivity, to provide reliable and seamless connectivity.
Last but not least, the future of wireless technology will also be impacted by new security and privacy concerns. With more devices and data being transmitted wirelessly, there is a greater risk of cyber attacks and data breaches. This will require new security protocols and technologies, such as secure boot and firmware updates, as well as increased user education and awareness.