Mobile operators are facing two important decisions when planning their small cell rollout in public areas. The first question to be answered is how to transport traffic from small cells to the edge of the mobile core, while the second question concerns interference management. Although these are two distinct decisions, they are closely related. The performance and functional capabilities of the network connecting small cells determines which solutions the mobile operator can use to mitigate interference. Vice versa, the choice of interference management tools drives the operator toward specific connectivity solutions. Read the full post
I assume the dust has now settled since Apple’s new iPhone and Watch launch a couple of weeks ago. I have to confess, I’m not an Apple lemming, so I didn’t spend hours or, for some, even days queuing at its London store. Having said that, my ears pricked up at the news that Apple are having some software issues at the moment with their iOS 8.0.1 update. Oh yes, those big ‘A’ share prices dropped quicker than our Wi-Fi and fingerprint access, causing new adopters of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to get rather ‘bent out of shape’ if you’ll excuse the pun, and leaving Apple hoping that their newly released 8.0.2 update will quickly make things right. But hang on, it’s not all doom and gloom – there have been a lot of ‘rights’ too, a fact that brings me neatly on to NFC. Read the full post
It’s been rumoured that Near Field Communications (NFC) is dead – rest assured, it isn’t! I have also overheard several rumours that suggest Apple have finally integrated NFC into their next generation iPhone. Well, I made the same prediction a couple of years ago about their iPhone 5, which was released in September 2012, but it never happened – didn’t I feel like a silly billy?
In fact, a number of ‘patented’ images of the new generation iPhone have appeared in numerous stories across the Internet, all of which do seem to allude to an NFC chip integrated into the new phone. But, I hasten to add, with the iPhone 5 I saw a pre-launch (allegedly authentic) image of the same thing, which led to my earlier prediction! So, I guess, this time, I’m a little hesitant to offer any prophecy and become the foreseer of all things NFC-enabled since, for me, it’s déjà vu all over again.
A great memory of my childhood is watching The Jetsons – fascinated by the space age lifestyle where a robot does the cleaning and other household duties, while a push of a button prepares meals for the family and simply stating a command anywhere in the home results in an action (e.g. “turn off the lights”). Read the full post