The telecommunications sector accounts for roughly 4 percent of the global electricity consumption. However, the sector is actively participating in efforts to reduce energy use – both for economic reasons, such as reducing operating expenses, and for environmental reasons.
The cellular machine-to-machine value-added services market is poised to dominate the transportation, utility, eHealth, and emerging IoT markets. With a market value estimated to exceed $11 billion by 2020, CSPs and device manufacturers will benefit by deploying tools and services enabling a secure M2M VAS communication network.
Every day, networks face coverage issues at busy locations such as airports, shopping malls, and sporting/concert venues. This type of network density, coupled with high user demand, is the leading contributor to small cell growth.
Consumers expect a high standard of network connectivity. Even though our global data consumption has risen from petabytes per month to exabytes per month, users do not want to experience any issues. While Wi-Fi is used to offload the cellular network, high-demand applications continue to cause strain, and smartphone manufacturers continue to pressure carriers to make network enhancements to offload data traffic.
Factors driving the explosive growth of the RF filter market include crowded spectrum, explosive proliferation of frequency bands, and carrier aggregation. Thus, engineers must consider many criteria when selecting filters.
We hear in many articles that GaN technology is “more green” than current Si- or CMOS-based technologies. But, what does this really mean? This guest column breaks GaN’s environmental friendliness down into two distinct areas - lower installation cost and lower system-level operating costs.
Remember the first Wi-Fi wave in the late ’90s when Wi-Fi was growing as the new wireless conduit between laptop computers, the World Wide Web, and sometimes-secondary components such as printers? Initially meant for cashier systems, the first Wi-Fi products developed were marketed under the name WaveLAN with speeds around 1 to 2 Mbps. In time, the Wi-Fi Alliance defined the standard as wireless local area network (WLAN), and its products soon were based on the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.11 standards.
Gallium nitride (GaN) has turned into the new industry buzzword. Markets such as radar, military, and CATV have jumped to the forefront of using GaN, and we hear of new products and application breakthroughs using GaN on a regular basis.
The overwhelming popularity of mobile smart devices such as smartphones and tablets and their Web-based applications creates a significant increase in data traffic on wireless and wired networks. The increased presence and flexibility of these devices also creates consumer expectations for continuous, uninterrupted mobile service with the same data content and experience as seen on home computers.
The evolution of technology has created a society in which we have round-the-clock access to information. We are connected to the Internet via laptops, tablets, or smartphones; having information readily available is now taken for granted. The information pathways of today are expanding and becoming embedded — sometimes literally — into our everyday lives. This expanding transformation is being called the Internet of Things (IoT).