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About the Author
William is a Director at Webb Search Consulting, a company specialising in providing the highest level of advice in matters associated with wireless technology and regulatory matters. He is also CEO of the Weightless SIG, the standards body developing a new global M2M technology. He was President of the IET Europes largest Professional Engineering body during 14/15.
He was one of the founding directors of Neul, a company developing machine-to-machine technologies and networks, which was formed at the start of 2011 and subsequently sold to Huawei in 2014 for $25m. Prior to this William was a Director at Ofcom where he managed a team providing technical advice and performing research across all areas of Ofcoms regulatory remit. He also led some of the major reviews conducted by Ofcom including the Spectrum Framework Review, the development of Spectrum Usage Rights and most recently cognitive or white space policy. Previously, William worked for a range of communications consultancies in the UK in the fields of hardware design, computer simulation, propagation modelling, spectrum management and strategy development. William also spent three years providing strategic management across Motorolas entire communications portfolio, based in Chicago.
William has published 16 books, over 100 papers, and 18 patents. He is a Visiting Professor at Southampton University, an Adjunct Professor at Trinity College Dublin, a member of multiple oversight Boards and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the IEEE and the IET. In 2015 he was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science by Southampton University in recognition of his work on wireless technologies and Honorary Doctor of Technology by Anglia Ruskin University in honour of his contribution to the engineering profession. His biography is included in multiple Whos Who publications around the world. William has a first class honours degree in electronics, a PhD and an MBA.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B01N0H32TN
- Publication date : November 21, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 1130 KB
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- Print length : 163 pages
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5G is a simple moniker for what is a mishmash of technological, political, industrial, business, marketing, social and other influences all pulling in different directions but moving toward an inescapable fact that 5G will happen. Number-itis is a uniquely human obsession, and we humans are obsessed with getting bigger numbers for no particular reason. Although the book makes some fair (but crude) points about smartphones, it misses the fact that cellular networks are not restricted to use by smartphones alone. The author fails to understand that 5G service is already being used to provide fixed service to the home by at least half of the four major US carriers in 2018, using frequencies greater than 30 GHz that are not practical for mobile use. Also missing is catching the trend towards more 2-way traffic, with gaming and vlogging that uses increasing amounts of upstream data. While a smartphone handset may not resolve a DCI 4K movie, gamers and vloggers are not going to be satisfied with being limited to sending 720p30 "bare HD" video of themselves over a 5G network when they pay premium prices for it. They paid for bigger numbers, and will expect their viewers to see them in 2160p60 UHD video. With a HEVC encoder, upstream rates of 5 Mbit / second for video alone would be required. Complicating the problem is that many TV broadcasters are already saturating 4G networks with video uplinks, and because they have the money to pay for priority, they will continue to get that on 5G.
At $10 I guess I can't complain, but I would have asked for my money back at the original price. It's a nice first draft, but needs to get fleshed out to become a book-worthy writing. I found this cited in an online article, and although both the article and book make good points, I expect a book to explore an issue in more depth.
The speeds already achieved by 4G are enough, and mobile traffic has plateaued, while what people really value right now - constant connectivity - will not be delivered by 5G. In fact that higher frequencies of 5G are more difficult to achieve coverage.
Meanwhile WiFi provides 10-100x the traffic and maintains a growth of 30-40% / year. So what governments should do is to support rural broadband - with a single network that others share - and WiFi-first mobile networks.
At any rate he predicts BT’s WiFi and mobile infrastructure combination in the U.K. will mean an offering of WiFi-first mobile network in 2021 with offering that are cheaper and better than 5G or 4G competitors.
I now understand why 5G roll-out has been so slow and why the U.K.’s and Apple’s slower roll-out is not cause for alarm. Meanwhile I’m intrigued by focusing on train-track WiFi and rural broadband as the true contributions to national productivity and competitiveness.