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Wireless will eventually unify the network: Motorola R&D exec

The future of wireless will bring traditional cellular and IP wireless data networks closer together and create an ...


December 6, 2005  


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The future of wireless will bring traditional cellular and IP wireless data networks closer together and create an integrated medium for delivery of converged services, says Gary Grube, corporate vice president of Motorola Inc.’s Wireless Access Research division

Grube made the comments prior to speaking to telecommunications and wireless researchers at this week’s Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF) in Paris, France.

“Alternate networks, such as mesh or ad hoc, provide flexible, efficient and highly cost effective solutions to take the wireless world to the next level by helping bridge the gap between existing wireless infrastructure and emerging wireless needs,” he says.

According to Motorola, wireless mesh networking leverages the concept of wired internet where each node acts as a router/repeater for other nodes in the network.

These nodes can be fixed pieces of network infrastructure and/or can be the mobile users themselves resulting is a decentralized and inexpensive mobile broadband network, since each node need only transmit as far as the next node.

“In today’s environment, the users, applications and business needs are constantly changing,” says Grube. “Users themselves are focused on the task at hand, not identifying and finding the right network for that task.”

The goal of the two-day forum, which will bring together more than 150 organization members fromaround the world, is to identify and promote new and existing research for mobile and wireless systems.