7 Communications Technologies to Watch in 2015

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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.

Communication SPs are also investing in technology for the next generation of wireless communication: 5G. 5G is responsible for the advent of MIMO (Massive Multiple Input Multiple Output, which will introduce new waveforms to address ODFM (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing) shortcomings, and a move to millimeter waves (mm-waves) for more spectrum. In addition, 5G is expected to translate into a significant densification of wireless networks as well as more HetNets. There will be a more diverse variety of base stations and access points used within geographies including eNodeBs, small cells (picocells, femtocells, etc.) and relays.

Wireless networks are expected to become denser with 5G, which will surely give way to significant challenges across the wireless value chain. Those changes will span from component suppliers and equipment manufacturers to mobile network operators and contractors. Test-and-measurement companies such as Aeroflex (Now Cobham), Anritsu, Keysight Technologies, National Instruments, and Rohde & Schwarz, and Tektronix are already working on test equipment to help bring 5G networks to life.

Looking at the technology development rate, we likely won't see a large number of live production network deployments for quite some time. Still, the need for speed is one of the most important needs in today's communications industry.


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