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The Future of the Wireless Industry, Business and Industry Trends Analysis

a)    The total wireless market and the number of uses for wireless connections will continue to grow, even though market penetration of individual mobile phone subscribers has reached extremely high levels on a global basis.  M2M, or machine-to-machine communications, will be a major growth factor in the wireless industry.  Wireless Sensor Networks (the Internet of Things or IoT) will proliferate, providing exciting new ways to gather environmental and industrial data, and to foster home automation and monitoring along with industrial uses.  Cisco forecasted 14.7 total M2M connections worldwide by 2023.  Growth will continue at a very high rate.
b)    Smartphones will continue to evolve into ever more complex, multi-purpose personal communication devices thanks to the availability of apps of all types.  Smartphone circuitry will become much more powerful, piggybacking off the revolution in ultra-fast, multi-processor power in handheld game machines. 
c)    5G, the newest generation of high-speed wireless, is quickly moving onto the market, thanks to global agreement to 5G standards and rapid introduction of advanced equipment.  Faster 5G speeds will lead to the introduction of advanced levels of mobile services and entertainment.
d)    Security issues, such as eavesdropping on Bluetooth conversations, hacking into Wi-Fi networks and viruses spread among smartphones, will require more and more attention and investment from the technology and telecommunications sectors.
e)    RFID will continue rapid adoption by manufacturers, logistics centers, shippers and retailers.  Latest-generation RFID will eliminate most of the disappointments of earlier RFID implementations.
f)     The wireless industry is relatively immune to dips in the economy, as consumers consider their mobile communications to be as basic a need as clothing or transportation.
g)    Digital health devices are becoming widespread, with consumers constantly using health apps and mobile devices, monitoring their own vital signs and uploading related data to online sites for analysis.  The Apple Watch is a significant innovator in this field.
h)    The support that cloud computing provides to the wireless sector will continue to grow in importance, while costs and capabilities become ever more attractive.  Cloud computing makes it possible for a vast variety of mobile apps to operate efficiently, while enabling the storage and analysis of massive amounts of data that can be accessed via mobile devices.
i)     The advent of self-driving cars and trucks will create intense levels of wireless demand.  These vehicles will create immense amounts of data that will be managed wirelessly.  Autonomous vehicles will communicate with each other over wireless networks and will also receive continuing updates regarding road and traffic conditions from services known as Intelligent Transportation Systems.
j)     Growing investment in research into “smart cities” will also build demand for wireless connections over the long-term.  Urban planners envision vast, powerful networks of remote wireless sensors that will enable cities to operate on a much more effective and energy-efficient basis, in such areas as road traffic monitoring and management, street lighting, air quality, public safety, emergency services and trash removal.  The wireless Internet of Things (IoT) will be the backbone of such systems.
k)    6G high-speed wireless technology, which is not expected until 2030 or so, promises sizzling download speeds of up to 1 terabyte per second.  6G will potentially offer the first real-time, fully integrated metaverse virtual reality (VR) on an enterprise level.


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