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Why connected cars are the future of motoring

While the Internet of Things (IoT) has been a hot topic in the tech world for some time now, people are only now beginning to talk seriously about the concept’s impact on the everyday lives of normal people. It’s a commonly quoted stat in blogs across the internet, but it definitely bears repeating: Gartner expects there to be 26 billion connected units installed by 2020 – and this doesn’t include smartphones, tablet computers or PCs. […]

September 10th, 2014|Industry Insights|

The 2014 WBA Wi-Fi Industry Awards: Last year’s winners

It’s impossible to count the many ways in which the digital revolution has impacted modern life. Technologies like mobile and the cloud are being embraced everywhere from office space meeting rooms to the average consumer’s home – and t hey’re drastically changing how we go about our lives. It could easily be argued that Wi-Fi is the main driving force behind this shift towards a more convenient life; it powers the apps we use, the web-based storage solutions we depend on and, to a growing extent, our primary methods of communication. In order for the Wi-Fi ecosystem to continue supporting the rise of other technologies, though, innovation must be the main ambition. The WBA Wi-Fi Industry Awards act as an annual celebration of the companies that achieve this, and in 2013 the list of winners comprised some of the industry’s biggest names. […]

July 28th, 2014|Industry Insights|

The Internet of Things: An end-to-end explanation

Machine-to-machine (M2M) is an umbrella term used to describe the exchange of information between networked devices with little or no intervention from humans. There has been much talk in recent months of the Internet of Things (IoT) and it is M2M that is the underlying technology behind the concept. Gartner recently predicted that by 2020 there would be in excess of 26 billion connected devices around the globe, excluding computers, tablets and smartphones. […]

June 19th, 2014|Industry Insights|

In-flight Wi-Fi review

Mobile phones have been a common feature of many people’s lives since the mid-1990s, but for much of the time since, they’ve been banished from the world of air travel. It’s almost become second nature to just switch devices off when entering an aircraft – that was until handset manufacturers began loading their products with an intriguing new feature called ‘flight mode’. […]

June 2nd, 2014|Industry Insights|

The role of Wi-Fi in small cell infrastructure

For the longest time, the primary challenge for mobile network operators (MNOs) was to increase their footprint, achieving coverage across the widest possible area. However, the challenge has now evolved; the demand for wireless data has exploded in recent years, leaving existing networks straining to keep up. MNOs now need to increase cell density where coverage is already provided by macro cells. […]

May 7th, 2014|Industry Insights|

The role of Wi-Fi in developing nations

It’s been little more than two decades since the accessibility of mobile phones started to rise across the industrialised world. In the mid-1990s, manufacturers such as Nokia and Motorola found ways to make their devices small and affordable enough to appeal to the masses – essentially, they began eradicating an exclusivity that had seen mobile phones become closely associated with wealthy businesspeople and no one else. In the time since, communication infrastructure has influenced the world economy significantly and the challenge of improving it is growing rapidly in importance. […]

April 24th, 2014|Industry Insights|

Current and Future Opportunities for Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi has without doubt been one of the most disruptive technologies of the past decade. Since the formation of the Wi-Fi Alliance in 1999, wireless has gone on to become one of the most ubiquitous technologies of the 21st century. […]

April 1st, 2014|Industry Insights|

Public Wi-Fi Trends: 2014-2018

Smartphone and tablet use is booming and mobile data is growing at exponential rates. Cisco recently published its Visual Networking Index (VNI), which found that mobile data traffic grew by 81 per cent in 2013 alone. The same report predicted that mobile data traffic will increase a further 11-fold between now and 2018, with more than 15 exabytes of data expected to be transferred through mobile networks each month. […]

March 15th, 2014|Industry Insights|

Importance of Wi-Fi in a connected society

In 1983, Gerald S. Hawkins published a book called ‘Mindsteps to the Cosmos’ in which he postulated that throughout history, humankind took dramatic technological steps forward. He described these irreversible paradigm shifts as ‘mindsteps’ and identified five distinct innovations in history which created entirely new world views; these were invention of imagery, writing, mathematics, printing, the telescope, rocket, radio, TV and computer. […]

January 6th, 2014|Industry Insights|

WBA Industry Report 2013: A great year for NGH

The public Wi-Fi ecosystem is on the precipice of monumental change. The explosion in mobile data traffic has been staggering and is only set to continue. Research suggests that data traffic will increase a further 12 times between 2013-2018 and mobile data traffic will reach 11.7 exabytes per month in the same time frame. It is not simply the demand for data that has ballooned, but consumer expectation. The leap from GPRS/EDGE to 4G, combined with fibre optic speeds as standard, has left the consumer expecting effortless broadband on the go. […]

December 13th, 2013|Industry Insights|