Meet Zero Site, a new concept for street lighting that includes a tiny mobile base station. Launched along with an innovative financing scheme, there are huge benefits to be had for municipalities, carriers and mobile users alike — but possible risks, too.
via Lights, phones, action: Ericsson and Philips want to brighten your city while boosting your coverage — Tech News and Analysis.
Writing analyst predictions for the coming year is like writing Christmas cards – everybody has to do it, but it\’s hard to come up with anything original to say. Some things are so obvious they don\’t need restating – carriers will need even more capacity than they expected; Apple will turn out another iPhone which analysts will find boring and consumers will love; the \’HetNet\’ will start to become real, though perhaps not in quite the form anyone had anticipated.
So here at Maravedis-Rethink, we\’ve based our top five predictions for 2014 on what the world\’s top 100 4G operators have been telling us in our most recent surveys, as well as a year of intense analysis and forecasting of the mobile infrastructure market.
Wireless vehicle networks could make driving safer and more efficient, but the cost of deployment will be significant.
via The Internet of Cars Is Approaching a Crossroads – MIT Technology Review.
We’ve heard a lot recently about the pressing need for government action to free up more radio spectrum for wireless communications or to allow mergers or acquisitions purportedly aimed at the same goal. It’s no surprise that this issue attracts attention in Washington. When people can’t use their mobile devices to make or receive calls or to access content and data, they notice and they make themselves heard. And as any wireless consumer knows, service providers are struggling to meet the rapidly growing demand created by consumers’ desire for innovative devices, applications and content delivered wherever and whenever they want.
But focusing on spectrum alone is unlikely to solve wireless network congestion in the long run. Spectrum is a finite resource. While laws passed by Congress can assign and allocate spectrum, the many competing uses for capacity and the laws of physics limit how much spectrum is available for any one purpose. If consumer demand for wireless broadband continues to increase at predicted levels, policymakers will need to employ all available approaches to encourage efficient use of the wireless spectrum.
via The Solution To The Wireless Spectrum Shortage: More Wires – Forbes.
The University of Melbourne issued a surprising analysis that indicates “inherently energy inefficient” radio access networks are “the biggest threat to the sustainability of cloud services.”
via Study: Energy-hogging Wi-Fi and LTE networks threaten wireless cloud – FierceBroadbandWireless.
A wireless speed record was set in Germany, where researchers used 240 GHz spectrum to deliver a peak data speed of 40 Gbps over a distance of one kilometer. The speed record is said to equal the transmission of a complete DVD in less than one second.
via Wireless speed record of 40 Gbps claimed by German researchers – FierceBroadbandWireless.
Susan Crawford’s new book, “Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age,” is on the receiving end of a lot of heat from industry lobbyists and those working for shadowy think tanks and “consumer groups.”
Most of the critics have not disclosed their industry connections. Stop the Cap! will.
via Telecom Lobbyists Flood Media With Hit Pieces Against New Book Criticizing Telecom Monopolies | Stop the Cap!.