Talking to the Unknown: The Future of Wireless Communication

The world has swiftly and suddenly stepped into an ultra portable place, where the devices people use every day are frequently without wires, able to be use interacted with on the go. The phone is quickly replacing the computer and the most ubiquitous of all these smartphones – the Apple iPhone – is often more powerful than many home computers and able to run all the applications one would expect from that PC: Netflix, YouTube, Firefox, Facebook. Now the communications mega corporations are putting all their weight behind innovation in the wireless space, hoping to strike gold once more. Following are a couple of the things we can expect in the future of wireless communication.

High speed 4G wireless networks have been around for only a few years now giving people the sort of speeds they expect from their home networks, but this hasn’t stopped companies likes Ericsson from looking forward to the next evolution with 5G. This next generation promises to be significantly faster than even 4G, reaching the heights of fiber networks like Xfinity and Google Fiber, but completely wirelessly. Not only will the network be faster, it will also be smarter. CNET explains that the new 5G networks will recognize which you’re connecting to the internet from and adjust itself to provide a connection specifically tailored to your experience, whether it be a phone, a self-driving car, a wireless cyclist’s helmet, or a surgical machine. In a world where everything is connected to the internet, the internet needs to be prepared for everything.

This is the idea behind a new technology developed by researchers from the University of Bristol which is able cancel out radio interference and thus allow a device to receive and transmit signals on the same channel at the same time. If you’ve complained to your internet provider about your WiFi acting sluggishly, they’ve probably said something about a “congested channel,” meaning that too many devices are using one channel to transmit and receive. In the new paradigm presented by the University of Bristol, only one channel is needed for two way communications. Science Daily reports that this will end up increasing network capacity, which will raise data rates, enable global roaming and lower power consumption.

Indeed, it’s a brave new world we live – a world where everyone is connected all the time. This connected place demands a future swifter, smarter networks able to manage an Internet to which every object can wirelessly connect and communicate. We’re getting there faster than you know.