Wednesday, May 12, 2010

100 Billion #Cellular #Handsets by 2020?

100 billion cellular devices would be connected using LTE in less than a decade, according to Vodafone. Look for everyone on the planet to be connected wirelessly by 2020. R.C.J.

Here's what TechEye says: Gerhard Fettweis, Vodafone chair professor, at the Technische Universitat Dresden delivered a talk called The Wireless Roadmap and said that in 10 years time as many as 100 billion cellular devices will be connected by 2020. That’s based on the cellular standard LTE taking off in 2012, and LTE Advanced in 2015 or so. The professor has already got an LTE Advanced testbed in the heart of Dresden, in cooperation with Qualcomm, Alcatel-Lucent, Infineon and other high tech companies. He told the audience at the conference today that the 50 billion figure is an estimate by the telecomms companies but that they always underestimate the figures. Tiny LTE chips will be built into all sorts of devices, ranging from lighting, to airport seats, and for machine to machine communication. And he forecasts that if the sums are right, future generations based on the LTE cellular standard – or 5G – will support 3D multimedia and virtual reality, the speed of the connections will be so great...
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