If you haven’t seen it yet, my latest Wireless Week column, Moving the Mobile Industry Forward after MWC 2017, is now available online.
I cover the fast-changing mobile technology landscape and drill down on a few hot topics that are dominating conversations in the mobile industry, including 5G, device innovation, virtual reality and the Internet of Things.
There are a number of interesting facts and observations in the article. Here are some of my favorites:
- Everybody’s talking about 5G, but let’s not lose sight of the fact that there are still around 4.2 billion people globally who do not have access to Internet.
- The market for Internet of Thing (IoT) services will top $101 billion this year, according to Gartner. Phones may have been the first devices to get smart, but they will soon have lots of company. That’s going to create plenty of new opportunities for those of us in the wireless industry.
- Virtual reality works hand-in-hand with smartphones, and the healthcare industry is leading the non-gaming world in the adoption of this promising technology. While client-side devices may be responsible for rendering 3D environments, video and data feeds into multi-person VR environments will need lots of wireless spectrum and bandwidth.
- Devices have been the lifeblood of the wireless industry since our earliest days. For years, our industry leaders have battled to one up each other on phone features, but, finally, we moved beyond the phone. Wireless watches, wireless virtual reality headsets, wireless cars, wireless toasters — there’s really no limit to where wireless can go and what it can enable. The applications are limited only by the imagination!
Those are some of the highlights of my latest article. If you like, you can bookmark my Anurag Lal profile page on the Wireless Week website. Whenever you visit, you can see all of the wireless industry articles I’ve written, including this latest one.
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