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This 121-page market study is the definitive report on the wireless industry and the latest technology that embraces wireless personal area networks (WPANs), wireless local area networks (WLANs) and wireless metropolitan area networks (WMANs). The study addresses hot, new and exciting developments in the wireless industry that will accelerate industry growth through even greater performance, improved flexibility, expanded applications and a much improved cost/performance ratio.

Wireless technology has evolved to respond to skyrocketing user demands for higher data rates and expanded bandwidth for bandwidth consuming applications such as video streaming, high volume file transfers and high traffic volume. Newly approved gigabit standards promise to provide the needed bandwidth and faster data rates into the future and will have a major impact on wireless technology. It will substantially impact the wireless industry and improve revenue over the next several years.

Vendors are responding to the new gigabit standards with an increasing number of products now on the market that address this advanced technology. These first wave products, presented in this study, represent a giant leap forward in wireless performance and flexibility and will significantly affect the strength and growth within the wireless industry.

The study addresses the new 802.11ac/ad standards and their features in detail and it addresses the industry vendors who have developed and now offer products that comply with the new standards.

This study also addresses virtual networks and unified communication, profound industry trends now being implemented by small businesses and large corporations to substantially improve operating efficiency and to drive down operating and communication costs.

Cloud computing, addressed by this study, is an extremely hot topic throughout the industry. It is being supported by growing number of vendors and is being implemented by businesses and corporations to eliminate software and hardware purchases and maintenance costs through providers of cloud computing services. Cloud computing also comes with problems that must be addressed by implementers. The concept has sparked new life in the network vendor industry, which has geared up to support cloud computing through new products and services that are addressed in this study.

Hot spots are skyrocketing. This study addresses new vendor products and new standards for hotspots in addition to the Wi-Fi Alliance's role in the skyrocketing, global hotspot market. Hotspots have become vital revenue producers in the network industry. They provide volume Wi-Fi service to a broad number of mobile users. As a gigantic revenue producer, they are part of a huge and rapidly growing market for mobile service providers who offer service within buildings, shopping malls, airports, sports stadiums and virtually any commercial location.

Applications and technology for wireless personal area networks (WPANs) continues to expand and evolve, respectively. They address a broad and growing range of utilitarian applications not addressed by other wireless technologies. WPANs provide communications over very short distances and serve a plethora of personal, business and industrial applications.

This market study addresses IEEE 802.15 WPAN standards and standards developed by Bluetooth, Zigbee, WiGig and WiMedia, the four main WPAN standards organizations. It examines the network architecture of these standards, their benefits and limitations and applications. It also addresses the mission of the associated WPAN alliances and addresses the future direction of WPANs. The WiGig Alliance developed a gigabit standard that the IEEE has approved as 802.11ad.

The development of a nationwide broadband network is a hot priority among the four largest U.S. wireless carriers: AT&T Wireless, Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile U.S. This study addresses the driving force for broadband wireless access (BWA), carrier involvement in developing a BWA network and possible service limitations. It addresses the four major U.S. wireless carriers, AT&T Wireless, Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile U.S., and their response to skyrocketing bandwidth and traffic congestion demands. It also addresses the timeline for nationwide network coverage within their individual networks. The report addresses Sprint's position in the carrier market, its plans with respect to WiMAX service and its plans to remain competitive with the other major carriers. The study also addresses the Asian telecommunications markets, including Australia and China.

The study also addresses U.S. and international standards organizations and developers of wireless technology for global wireless carriers, and the evolution of 2G and 3G technologies that led to the development of a fourth generation technology and now to a fifth generation network technology. It also points out the differences between WiMAX and LTE and why the carriers have adopted LTE as their broadband technology. And it explores the future of broadband networks.

Table Of Contents

2014 Wireless Technologies and Markets: Growth and Future Direction For WPANs, WLANs and WMANs
Executive Summary


Wireless Personal Area Networks (WPANs)

The IEEE 802.15 Standards
The Wireless Gigabit Alliance- WiGig
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG)
Bluetooth Low Energy Technology (BLE)
The ZigBee Alliance
The WiMedia Alliance- Ultra Wideband (UWB)
WLANs and Wi-Fi

The Wi-Fi evolution, greatly-improved user benefits for wireless communication
The 802.11n Amendment-the greatest achievement in performance and network flexibility since the beginning of wireless technology.
Channel Bonding, its function and major benefit for scalable bandwidth
MIMO Advanced Antenna Technology- a major benefit for enhanced wireless performance and signal quality
MIMO configurations and examples
Spatial multiplexing- a key MIMO enhancement
Beamforming and other performance enhancement techniques explained and benefits cited
Block Acknowledgement
Packet Aggregation
Short Guard Interval
Vendor Proprietary Improvements
Doubling Wireless Data Rates
802.11n Management Features- 802,11k and 802.11v wireless management standards extend intelligence and save battery power
Wi-Fi Offloads WMANs via 802.11u
Wi-Fi Hotspots
Hotspot 2.0 Simplifies Hotspot Connections
Vendor Innovations
Bluetooth and Zigbee Wi-Fi Wireless Network Interconnection
Increased Mesh Network Bandwidth
Gigabit Wi-Fi (5G Wi-Fi)- a giant leap forward from 802.11n in Wi-Fi performance and bandwidth scalability
IEEE 802.11ad (WiGig) defined and explained
IEEE 802.11ac defined and explained
Higher Bit Density per Megahertz for improved data rates defined and explained
802.11ac Beamforming
Expanded Channel Bonding for greater bandwidth scalability
MU-MIMO- Multi User-MIMO for enhanced user performance and flexibility
New 802.11ac/ad products and 802.3at Power over Ethernet (PoE) requirements
USB 3.0 and 3.1 Requirements for 802.11ac/ad Devices
Gigabit Wi-Fi Analysis
New 802.11ac Products- products from all Gigabit Wi-Fi vendors to date
FCC Frees Unused Spectrum
Wi-Fi Operation in TV White Space (802.11af) access for more spectrum
FCC Plans to Free 195 MHz of 5 GHz Spectrum
Cloud Computing- what you should know about cloud computing
Unified Communication
Virtualization- how virtual networks substantially improve network efficiency
The Wi-Fi Alliance
Hotspot 2.0
Wireless Security Mechanisms
WLAN Security (WEP and WPA)
Advanced Encryption Standard (802.11i)
Authentication Standard (802.1x)
Internet Security (IPsec)
WLAN Market Forecast-WLAN Revenue Growth over 5 Years and Top Five Vendors Market Share
Future Direction
Vendor listing for over 30 Wi-Fi Vendors and Products
WMANs - Carrier Broadband Wireless Access

FCC Auctions 700 MHz Band
FCC Plans Spectrum Release in Near Future
U.S. Carrier Wireless Spectrum
Picocells Add Network Capacity
Broadband Wireless
Major Wireless U.S. Carriers 4G LTE Service Implementation
T Mobile U.S. LTE Service
Sprint's 4G WiMAX Network
Sprint/LightSquared Satellite LTE Service Dead
Sprint Launches LTE Service
Sprint's new Network Vision Services
Sprint Nextel IDEN Termination
Legacy WiMAX Service
Sprint's Softbank Merger
Sprint Acquires Clearwire
Clearwire's LTE Network
WiMAX Broadband Wireless Access- the first BWA WMAN
WiMAX Standards
FDD vs TDD Multiplexing
WiMAX Global Deployment
WiMAX Advanced (IEEE 802.1m) Technology substantially improves performance
WiMAX Remains a Viable Technology
The WiMAX Forum
WiMAX Forum Organization- mission, involvement and operation
WiMAX Certification Testing
LTE Wireless Broadband Access Technology- A GSM-based wireless data standard
LTE Deployment
Voice over LTE (VoLTE)
LTE- A Global Standard
China Mobile Ltd. LTE Network
LTE-Advanced- A True 4G Wireless Technology
Wireless Standards Organizations

International Telecommunications Standards Organizations
Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM)
Universal Mobile Communications System (UMTS)
The High-Speed packet Access (HSPA) Family
Long Term Evolution (LTE)
Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP)
China Communications Standards Association (CCSA)
Scope of Activities
Qualcomm's CDMA
Ultra Mobile Broadband (UMB)
Wireless Broadband (WiBro)
Wireless Standards Organizations

The Australian Communications and Media Authority
Central and South American Telco Regulation Authorities

Table of Figures

Figure 4.0: Example of MIMO Antenna Technology
Figure 4.1: Beamforming Illustration
Figure 4.2: WLAN Revenue Growth
Figure 4.3: Top Five WLAN Vendors Market Share
Table 4.0: IEEE 802.11 Family Characteristics
Table 4.1: Single/Multi-stream Maximum Data Rates for 802.11n and 802.11ac
Table 4.2: Prominent WLAN Vendors and Products
Table 5.0: WiMAX 2 (802.16m) Downlink and Uplink Data Rates
Table 5.1: LTE Release 8 Major Parameters
Table 5.2: LTE Release 8 User Equipment Categories
Table 6.0: LTE Downlink Peak Data Rates per 20 MHz Spectrum
Table 6.1: LTE Uplink Peak Data Rates per 20 MHz Spectrum
Table 6.2: CDMA2000 vs GSM Standards Characteristics
Table 7.0: FCC Unlicensed Frequency Bands
Table 7.1: Telecommunications Regulators of South and Central America

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