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    Lisbon, Portugal // 3rd-4th May 2017


In the connectivity mix

Shipments of wireless multi-protocol ICs and devices will increase nearly 54 per cent between now and 2020, driven by surging Wi-Fi traffic, new use cases, and emerging IoT applications, according to a new forecast by market analysts ABI Research.

It highlights how the connectivity technology used in mobile devices will become largely irrelevant to users, who increasingly demand seamless connection as they move around, regardless of the technologies being used.

“The proliferation of multi-protocol ICs and devices will allow for much simpler product creations and quicker times to market regardless of the deployed technology,” said Andrew Zignani, Industry Analyst at ABI Research.

Zignani quotes Qorvo’s recent GP695 SoC product announcement that integrates multiple communication protocols, including IEEE 802.15.4, ZigBee, and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), as a prime example.

“The technology collaboration reduces complexity for IoT device designers by enabling them to take advantage of a single SKU development platform,” he added.

The report also notes that short-range wireless connectivity market technologies, such as ZigBee, Thread, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), Z-Wave, Wi-Fi, and NFC, will continue to evolve to meet new market demands, as evidenced by Bluetooth 5 speed enhancements to benefit wearables and other handheld devices with quicker performance times, quicker data transfers and syncing, and faster firmware updates, while keeping power consumption down.

The report also notes that Wi-Fi’s continued evolution will come in the form of several new protocols, including 802.11ax (for network efficiency improvements), 802.11ad (for 4K streaming, docking, and VR applications) and 802.11ah (low-power IoT applications).

As a result, Wi-Fi chipsets that incorporate 802.11ax, WiGig, or HaLow technologies will make up 60 per cent of all wireless IC shipments by 2021, says the report.

The report highlights how a mix of connectivity technologies will be required to meet demand for consumers, businesses, smart cities and IoT applications, all of which will need to work seamlessly together as required. That’s why SMS welcomes the entire spectrum of communications stakeholders, without banging the drum for a single technology.

SMS Lisbon 2017, to be held 3-4th May 2017, will focus on two of the most important subjects in the communications industry today – Smart cities & IoT, and Next-Generation Mobile Technologies – with a day of presentations, panel debates, and networking, dedicated to each.

We believe that the industry will need to collaborate in an open manner in order to meet demand for seamless connectivity, and profit from the opportunities offered by the transformation currently occurring.

That’s why we are collecting some of the industry’s leading speakers and thinkers for our event, including a keynote from João Vasconcelos, Secretary of State for Industry for the Portuguese Government, and presentations from Charbel Aoun, Board Member of Future Cities Catapult in London, and Antonio Ponzo Pellegrini, Deputy Mayor of Empoli (Italy), to name just a few.

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How can operators confirm their place at the forefront of IoT innovation?

This week the UK SME incubator Digital Catapult – set up to help digital businesses innovate – launched an Internet of Things (IoT) network across London to encourage startups and small businesses to tap into the potential of the IoT and to encourage innovation in the rapidly growing field.

The programme, known as Things Connected, will initially provide 50 LoRaWAN base stations across the UK capital, in order to provide a large-scale public network as the first phase of the testbed, with a further low-power WAN (LPWAN) to be added as the network develops.

It will be the UK’s largest LoRaWAN network for IoT development, and is free to use. It aims to help boost the development of services for common IoT use cases – such as infrastructure provision, traffic and transport services and energy management and environment sensing – as well as more advanced applications such as traffic congestion and management capabilities, temperature, air quality and humidity monitoring, and even the development of much-touted parcel delivery drones through the use of wind speed and turbulence sensors around the capital.

Jeremy Silver, CEO of Digital Catapult said: “Things Connected will help remove the barriers to IoT technology for businesses, and create new revenue opportunities for entrepreneurs and for smaller and larger companies.”

What is interesting about the project is the broad spectrum of stakeholders that Things Connected already involves, including BT, four major London universities, as well as a mix of commercial organisations.

Indeed, as Smart Mobility Summit has noted before, the future opportunities offered by the IoT, smart cities, 5G, HetNets, and other connectivity technologies, requires collaboration and partnerships between a fluid mix of organisations and stakeholders, with each project requiring a unique blend of expertise and, of course, leadership.

The potential rewards are there to see. According to the Centre of Economics and Business Research (CEBR), for example, big data and the IoT could add £322 billion, and over 200,000 new jobs, to the UK economy by 2020.

Of course, operators will be an essential component in ensuring the success of the IoT and smart city projects. But it will not be enough to simply provide an infrastructure that can carry the burgeoning volume of IoT data, as well as the different types of data, from high-volume, low importance information to mission-critical data. Operators will need to be at the centre of the mix, helping to develop new apps, services and technologies.

Already, some forward-thinking operators have dived into the world of IoT innovation. For example, Spain’s Telefónica offers an IoT product called Thinking Things, which allows developers to create apps for smart homes and offices, while UK Orange has developed a machine-to-machine (M2M) communications system in collaboration with Nespresso and Coca-Cola. Germany’s Deutsche Telekom, meanwhile, offers its Industry 4.0 initiative, which aims to support the digitisation of manufacturing.

It’s essential that operators look to innovate in these new and exciting fields. Merely providing the ‘pipe’ will not suffice, and so they will need to innovate and collaborate with a broad mix of new and different partners in order to tap into the new revenue streams on offer.

At Smart Mobility Summit we have always been committed to embracing the broadest spectrum of stakeholders possible, as we believe that this is the only way the industry will fulfil the potential of the exciting new opportunities and revenue streams that are already on the horizon.

Our events provide an open platform for debate, and ample opportunity for networking and sharing insight with industry peers, in the hope that the industry can find new ways to collaborate and innovate in order to help shape the future landscape of communications technologies.

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What will the evolutionary technologies on the road towards 5G look like?

Nokia, the Finnish mobile company, claimed this week to have brought the reality of 5G one step closer with the upcoming launch of two new technologies – 4.5G Pro and Nokia 4.9G.

The first, 4.5G Pro is marked for launch in the fourth quarter of this year and is powered by Nokia's 5G-ready AirScale portfolio. The company claims that it will offer ten times faster data rates than existing 4G networks, and builds on Nokia’s existing 4.5G technology, which already has more than 90 customers.

The company says it makes it possible for operators to offer gigabit peak data rates to meet growing demands from applications and devices, and brings lag-free live video and high-resolution 4K video one step closer.

Nokia also outlined its plans for 4.9G, which will allow users to maintain a continuous 5G service experience using an evolved LTE to complement 5G radio coverage. The technology is set for launch in the ‘near future’ and represents a further upgrade to existing 4G and LTE networks pushing data speeds to several gigabits per second.

Nokia says that its latest technology will optimise the journey to 5G, with 4.5G Pro set to enable major increases in LTE capacity, coverage and speed where and when they are needed.

Samih Elhage, President of Mobile Networks at Nokia said: "While the ever-connected world of people and IoT drives huge data demands, the speeds enabled by 5G will be a colossal step in operators' network evolution. However, with our 4.5G, 4.5G Pro and 4.9G technologies, we will provide a smooth evolution path that will allow them to increase capacity and improve the user experience while creating new revenue opportunities."

The technologies represent a significant step on the road towards delivering extreme mobile broadband and large-scale critical communications in the Internet of Things (IoT).

However, Nokia’s approach will not be the only technology path to 5G. LTE has already been significantly enhanced since its inception with the creation of LTE-A and, recently, LTE Advanced Pro, which is also described as 4.5G or pre5G, which add elements that significantly improve upon existing LTE-based capabilities.

Other initiatives include massive MIMO, MUSA (multi-user shared access) and UDN (ultra-dense network), and no doubt there are, and will be many other technology iterations before we reached the ‘promised land’ of 5G. With such a plethora of standards and initiatives to consider, the 5G landscape, while developing into a broad ecosystem, remains confusing.

That’s why it’s so important that industry keeps a collective ‘finger on the pulse’ of technology advances, and why sharing insight, knowledge and best practice in an open manner is the best way to help us all achieve success.

At Smart Mobility Summit we don’t bang the drum for a single technology, rather we are committed to including the full spectrum of stakeholders and sharing knowledge in an open and intelligent way. We ensure ample time for open panel debates and for networking with peers.

If you want to learn about the latest advances in 5G, as well as Carrier WiFi, HetNet, smart cities, and security then make sure you register now for smart Mobility Summit. View the full list of early-bird discounts and register now at:

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