7 Communications Technologies to Watch in 2015

802.11ac

SOURCE: www.eetimes.com

--2/11/2015 00:07 AM EST

--Olga Shapiro, Program Manager, Frost & Sullivan Test & Measurement Practice.

LTE & LTE-A, VoLTE & HetNets, 802.11ac, NFV, IoT, and 5G will all make significant forward strides in 2015, from development to deployment.

Another trending technology is 802.11ac, which helps SPs with mobile traffic offloading to Wi-Fi. In fact, 802.11ac technology is critical in ensuring Wi-Fi networks reach carrier-grade quality. In 2017, it is estimated that over 55 percent of all mobile data will be offloaded to Wi-Fi networks. To quell customer churn, SPs must ensure that the quality of Wi-Fi services is acceptable. As carrier-grade Wi-Fi becomes a reality, demand for test and monitoring solutions is expected to rise.

The 802.11ac standard incorporates fresh technologies from 802.11n, thus providing higher throughput. Most 802.11ac testing equipment is being used in the R&D and QA testing phases. The test equipment market, however, is moving toward manufacturing and field tests. Thus, new test equipment is required to address the performance of 802.11ac products.

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