5G: Down the Rabbit Hole

IEEE CTN Issue: March 2016

Fresh from Mobile World Congress, my favourite "tell it like it is" curmudgeon-cum-analyst Richard Kramer has kindly agreed to share his thoughts on the state of the industry and on 5G in particular. While reading his article, I had two thoughts that align with his position: 1) How long will it take to really do VoLTE well? and 2) 3G's lifespan was quite short and we should probably expect a lot more runway for 4G. Anyway, form your own opinions and send them to our comments page!

Lost in Space: How secure is the Future of Mobile Positioning?

IEEE CTN Issue: February 2016

This month we feature Professor Todd Humphreys, an expert in the James Bond world of faking out GPS signaling, to tell us what the latest news is for the reliability of the GPS systems that have become increasingly important to our everyday lives. Will GPS become the next front in the war between the modern world and the hackers and terrorists who wish to disrupt it? If so it will be engineers and not super spies who will save the day. Read on at your own risk. Comments welcome as always.

Resurrection of 5G: In defense of Massive MIMO

IEEE CTN Issue: January 2016

After our doom laden "death of 5G" series we did get some letters. In particular, the good people of the MAMMOET project in Europe managed to hit several points at once. So to start 2016 on an upbeat (and goodness knows it needs one), we have a positive look at massive MIMO covering both the throughput and the implementation for sub 6GHz. We hope this makes you feel just a little bit better about wireless in 2016. Comments (even doom laden ones) continue to be welcome of course.