Mobile Communications

Technology Map Detailed Contents September 2017

Importance of the Technology

The Technology in Brief

  • Cellular Networking
    • CDMA versus GSM
    • Generations and Technology Enablers
    • 4G Technologies
    • Beyond 4G
  • Ancillary Communications Networks
    • Wireless LANs and PANs
    • Body-Area Networks
    • Near-Field Communication and RFID
    • Machine-to-Machine Communications
    • Geolocation and GPS
  • Special-Purpose Mobile-Communications Networks
    • Satellite Telephony
    • Professional Terrestrial Mobile-Radio Technologies

Commercial Development Parameters

  • Demand Factors
    • Urge for Social Interaction
    • Productivity Helpers
    • Infotainment
    • Mobile-Data and Smartphone Use
    • Mobile-Service Penetration in Developing Countries
    • Handset-Replacement Rate
    • Safety and Security
  • General Constraints
    • Wireless Trade-Offs
    • Interoperability
    • Exclusive Spectrum Licenses
    • Patent Litigation
  • Competing Technologies
    • Fixed-Line Telephony
    • Fixed-Line Broadband
    • Wi-Fi
    • Multihop and Mesh Networks
  • Regulatory Factors
    • Oligopoly
    • Driving-Safety Laws
    • Caps on Roaming and Interoperator Charges
    • Emergency Services
    • Patent Rules
    • Network-Neutrality Regulations
    • In-Flight Use of Cell Phones
    • Health Effects of Wireless Communications
    • Utility-Pole Attachment
    • Community Eyesores
  • Required Resources
    • Credit
    • Network Infrastructure and Operations
    • Wireless Spectrum
  • Synergistic Technologies
    • Rechargeable Batteries and Power-Management Systems
    • Solid-State Electronics and MEMS
    • Cloud Computing
    • Distributed Computing
    • Navigation and Maps

Areas to Monitor

  • Internet of Things
  • Disruptive Business Models
  • Frontier Spectrum
  • Cloud and Edge Computing
  • Wireless Broadband for Residences
  • Unlicensed Spectrum
  • Network Neutrality and Walled Gardens
  • Mesh, Multihop, and Multiuser Connections

Implications of Commercialization

  • The Cut Cord
  • Many Connected Devices Per User
  • Walled Gardens
  • Dumb Pipes and Over-the-Top Services

Opportunities

  • Applications
    • Voice
    • Tethering and Connection Sharing
    • Navigation and Location-Based Services
    • Entertainment
    • Commerce, Banking, and Investing
    • Messaging and Social Networking
    • Conferencing and Unified Communications
    • Enterprise and Government
    • Health and Fitness
    • Security and Safety
    • Remote Control
    • Internet of Things
  • Business Models
  • Value Chains and Value Networks
    • Smartphone Brands and OEMs
    • Infrastructure and Intellectual Property

Updates

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