John Harmon, Wireless R&D Business Development Manager, Agilent Technologies
Date: Wednesday, June 29
Time: 12:00 - 12:15 PM
Location: Salon E
Category: Policy & Regulation
Today's wireless ecosystem is being increasingly shaped by
technology, competition and soft touch regulation. Due to the long
life and continuous enhancement of legacy systems the result is a
drive towards complex multi-band multi-format solutions. System
development then becomes more inefficient, devices are becoming more
expensive and quality of experience is under threat due to the
corresponding growth in interoperability performance issues.
Wireless is one of the few industries that relies on a natural
resource - spectrum - a resource which has been sold off to the
highest bidder without any direct benefit to the industry. Such
constrained industries need to be carefully planned and managed and
competition has to be correctly channelled. In the early days of mains
power distribution, competition resulted in a plethora of
uncoordinated supply networks operating at different voltages, and at
DC or various AC frequencies. In the UK it took two "anti-competitive"
visionary measures to create the high performance national grid we
know today. The first was to agree the frequency and voltage to enable
the creation of a grid and the second was to nationalize the
generating companies to create economies of scale. At the time both
initiatives were strongly opposed y the industry - but who would turn
the clock back now?
This talk will propose moving towards the kinds of centrally managed
infrastructure that is de-riguer for other industries based on limited
natural resources such as water and power, freeing the rest of us up
to focus on
efficient and innovative device development and end user applications.
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