Two of the fastest growing sectors of communications today are mobile and Internet, both of which have had a profound effect on people's lives. The convergence between these two sectors not only presents great opportunities for the future of 'unplugged' telecommunications but also great challenges in understanding the relative position of different technologies in this future.
This book reviews the contribution of different wireless access technologies to that future and looks at the opportunities of opening up access to telecommunications systems via application programming interfaces (APIs). The economics and regulatory issues associated with wireless communications are also discussed, with a look at the history and potential future of mobility from a user perspective.
- Chapter 2: Optical Radio - a Review of a Radical New Technology for Wireless Access Infrastructure
- Chapter 3: Wireless LANs - Present and Future
- Chapter 4: Future Applications of Bluetooth
- Chapter 5: Ultra-Wideband and its Capabilities
- Chapter 6: Ad Hoc Wireless Networks
- Chapter 7: Scalability, Capacity and Local Connectivity in Ad Hoc Networks
- Chapter 8: The Role of Ad Hoc Networks in Mobility
- Chapter 9: Securing Mobile Ad Hoc Networks - a Motivational
- Chapter 10: The Use of Satellite for Multimedia Communications
- Chapter 11: Evolving Systems Beyond 3G - the IST BRAIN and MIND
- Chapter 12: Economic Tussles in the Public Mobile Access Market
- Chapter 13: Enabling Applications Deployment on Mobile Networks
- Chapter 14: The Parlay API - Allowing Third Party Application Providers
- Chapter 15: Radio Spectrum Management for Tetherless Communications
- Chapter 16: Mobile Multimedia Services
- Chapter 17: Multimodality - the Future of the Wireless User Interface
- Chapter 18: Mobile Video-Streaming
- Chapter 19: A Social History of the Mobile Telephone with a View of its Future
Peter Smyth leads the mobility and wireless R&D programme at BT Exact. He has 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, ranging from research to the creation of hightech incubator companies.