8 The New World of Wireless

In this chapter…

Broadband Fixed Wireless

Wireless Networks

The Mobile Internet

The Bleeding Edge

If the technology of wireless has been around for such a long time, then what is so new about it? What is new are the myriad of applications that lend themselves to wireless communications as a result of the tremendous advances made in RF and digital electronics. It took 30 years for the cellular phone to go from concept to serious market penetration, and most of that time was spent waiting for the advent of low-cost semiconductor technology to make it financially feasible.

This chapter is a snapshot of the wireless world today (circa 2001), a world which is in constant transition. Newer technologies continue to replace ...

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