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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Start thinking about 5G wireless [video]

Start thinking about 5G wireless - Mar. 8, 2012: "Each generation of network technology has enabled a new set of features: 2G was about voice, 3G was about data and 4G is about video. 5G, Sizer predicts, will be about intelligent networks that can handle billions of connected devices while remaining stable and operational. That will be tricky if the future proves as connected as industry leaders forecast. At last week's Mobile World Congress, the wireless industry's largest annual gathering, Google (GOOG, Fortune 500) Chairman Eric Schmidt painted a picture of a not-too-distant future in which robots will travel to meetings for us and send back high-definition video over the network. AT&T (T, Fortune 500), Qualcomm (QCOM, Fortune 500), Sony (SNE) and Intel demonstrated a "connected home" where even our clothing transmits wireless signal. It will be up to 5G network technology to know how to prioritize all the things trying to communicate. The network will have to know that it can wait until its congestion dies down to send your command to your thermostat to raise the temperature by 10 degrees when you get home -- but your phone call needs to go through immediately. So when will 5G be ready? Officially, it doesn't even exist. The standards-setting International Telecommuication Union has not yet created a definition for 5G."

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