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With 4G firmly entrenched as the newest generation of mobile broadband, the wireless industry is actively working on and defining the next generation of wireless – 5G. Samsung recently revealed some results of their 5G research and development efforts, shedding some light onto what capabilities 5G could eventually offer.

In some recent tests, Samsung achieved an industry-best 7.5 Gbps (gigabits per second)/940 Mbps (megabytes per second) wireless broadband speed record in a stationary environment while also reaching an industry-first by achieving “an uninterrupted 1.2 Gbps/150 Mbps 5G connection while traveling in a vehicle at over 100km/h (~62 mi/h),” according to a company press release.

Samsung says there's more to come. “We will continue to build upon these milestones and develop advanced technologies that contribute to the 5G standard,” ChangYeong Kim, head of DMC R&D Center at Samsung Electronics, was quoted in the news release.

“In addition to leveraging our own global R&D capabilities, we will also continue to cooperate with other industry leaders and research centers across the world. Whether you are talking about mobile devices, the cloud, or the Internet of Things, the demand for 5G telecommunications standard and its supporting technologies will continue to grow.”

Samsung's stationary speed record was also the first successful test of 5G wireless broadband conducted outdoors. The moving 5G connection was set in a vehicle traveling on a professional, 4.35km outdoor race track.

Though no 5G industry standard has been established yet, the next-gen wireless telecoms technology is expected to deliver data at tens, if not hundreds, of times faster than 4G LTE. Samsung notes. Samsung employed its Hybrid Adaptive Array Technology in achieving the 5G records. Samsung's Adaptive Array Technology uses millimeter wave frequency bands to make use of higher frequencies over longer distances, the company explains.

Contributing to establishing a 5G industry standard, Samsung most recently proposed its 5G Rainbow technology to other industry members. 5G Rainbow offers a solid foundation for 5G, offering maximum data rate, spectral efficiency, speed of mobility, and data transmission rate at the cell boundary,” while also resolving technical issues such as “the number of simultaneous connections, communication delays, and cost,” Samsung elaborated.

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Tagged in: 4G 5G Wireless
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Increased spending on building “the digital industrial economy” will be the main contributor to growth in IT spending in 2015, which will surpass $3.9 trillion, according to Gartner. Spending to build the “Internet of Things” will be the main driver propelling global IT spending higher year-over-year next year, Gartner highlighted during their Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando October 5-9.

Evidence of just how fast the digital industrial economy – also known as the “Internet of Things” (IoT) – is emerging, 650 million new physical objects have been connected to the Internet since 2013 and 3D printers became a billion-dollar market, Gartner points out. “The impact that the digital business economy is having on the IT industry is dramatic,” the market research company states in a press release.

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Smartphones and tablets are now the fastest growing technology in human history, and ongoing adoption is going to result in over half the world's population having access to the Internet within three years' time, according to the State of Broadband, 2014 edition.

Over 40 percent of the world population is already online, with the number of Internet users worldwide rising from 2.3 billion in 2013 to 2.9 billion by the end of 2014, according to the report, which was released September 21 at the tenth meeting of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development.

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The Wireline Competition Bureau released updated information regarding the Rural Broadband Experiments application process. In the attached release, the Bureau announced a delay in the timing of the applications in order to complete testing of the electronic submission system. You can read the release here. Please watch for further updates regarding the application process and timeline, and contact us 417-682-5531 if we can assist in the process.

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The market for “Big Data” technology and services will grow six times faster than the market for information technology (IT) overall over the next five years, according to a new market research study from IDC. The market for “Big Data” technology and services will expand at a 26.4 percent compound annual growth rate through 2018, with revenues totaling $41.5 billion, according to IDC's “Worldwide Big Data Technology and Services 2014-2018” report.

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Researchers at USC have built on experiments using Li-fi – the bi-directional transmission of data at ultra-high speeds via light waves – to send data “at unheard of speeds” by using a similar technique with radio waves. The results may avoid some of the problems associated with using optical systems, according to a USC news release.             

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While utilities have been talking about reliability and redundancy for years, more recently they have begun to talk about resiliency. One reason for the increased interest in resiliency is that large storms seem to be the "new norm," and there is more concern with how resilient a system will be during and right after these storms, rather than simply how reliable or redundant the system is in the absence of storms.Currently, there is no uniform and universal standard for resiliency that cover all utilities.

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According to the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA), 4.2 GV of solar capacity was installed in the U.S. in 2013, bringing the total cumulative capacity to over 10.5 GW. Utility-scale photovoltaics (PV) increased from five percent of total annual PV installations in 2008 to 54 percent in 2012. In fact, 2012 was the first year that utility-scale PV composed the largest segment of the U.S. PV market, a position it is likely to retain through at least 2016, when the Investment Tax Credit drops from 30 percent to 10 percent.

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Recently Finley Engineering made a few changes to better meet the needs of our Energy Industry clients. With the number of requests for proposals, important client visits and multiple projects we field, we moved Mike Socha and Mark Heidecke into primary business development positions within the company. 

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Significant changes to OSHA regulations 1910.269 and Part 1926 Subpart V went into effect last month, and more are on the way.

29 CFR 1910.269, of course, is the Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution Standard. 29 CFR Part 1926 is the Safety and Health Regulations for Construction, and Subpart V covers construction related to Electric Power Transmission and Distribution.

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While demand for power has continued to grow over the last 130+ years, some forecasters believe that demand for power in the future, while it won't decrease, certainly will NOT grow as quickly as population and GDP.

There are several reasons for this, many of which are already having an impact. Among these are more efficient residential appliances and light bulbs; more energy-efficient networks, systems and equipment in commercial buildings and industrial facilities; the increased popularity of demand/response programs, primarily in industrial facilities, but gaining traction in commercial buildings, and even, to some extent, in residential settings; and, of course, the increasing popularity of residential, commercial and industrial self-generation (distributed generation, especially rooftop solar).

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A recent Wall Street Journal article reported that electric energy provid­ers were not seeing the energy sales rebound from the Great Recession as earlier predicted. There are many contributing factors, including more efficient use by consumers as well as improvements in the efficiency of power delivery by the Power Companies.

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Finley is pleased to offer you additional information on the application process for the Rural Broadband Trials. Applications are due October 14th, by 6:00 p.m. EST. Ben Humphrey, Vice President of our Minnesota Operations, presented in a panel discussion alongside the FCC’s Jonathon Chambers and Carol Mattey during the FTTH Gigabit Highway Conference in Minneapolis. Below you can access and download Ben’s presentation which contains easy to understand direction and helpful links. We are currently assisting clients with the application process. Please contact us if you would like more information. 

View presentation here. 

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OSP EXPO delivers solutions, products, and technologies for today’s rapid wireless and wireline network evolution. The Expo brings OSP professionals from ILECs, CLECs and IOCs together to learn, network and purchase products that solve their network challenges. Education: 9/30 - 10/2 -Exhibits: 10/1 & 10/2 ...Read more 

 

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The concept of the cloud and managed services, which is of growing importance for Finley client’s extends to the smart grid as well. Though relatively small today, the market for “smart grid as a service” (SGaaS) is poised for rapid growth, fueled by demand for managed services from utilities with limited budgets and IT expertise, according to new market research from Navigant Research. SGaaS market revenues will rise from $1.7 billion in 2014 to $11.2 billion in 2023, Navigant predicts.

“Traditionally, utilities have shied away from outsourcing operations beyond back-office functions like billing or payroll,” Navigant senior research analyst Richelle Elberg was quoted in a press release. “But the tremendous growth in cloud-based services for business of all types has increased utilities’ awareness of and comfort levels with cloud-based solutions.”

Besides the potential to reduce the cost of smart grid implementation, SGaaS offers utilities several potential advantages over in-house smart grid deployment, according to Navigant. These include shorter time to market and improved security, a key aspect of any smart grid implementation. “Cloud computing has advanced to such a degree that the security employed by third-party vendors may be stronger than what a utility can implement internally,” the researchers state.

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With bandwidth requirements growing exponentially, networks will need to support terabit-per-second (Tbps) speeds by 2015 and 10 Tbps by 2020, according to the IEEE 802.3 Industry Connections Bandwidth Assessment Ad Hoc committee. Ethernet network providers need to stay ahead of the curve and move beyond the 40 and 100 Gbps capacity currently available to network and data center providers, according to Ixia's  Jim Smith.

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In today’s mobile world, more and more people are taking conference calls from mobile phones. We found this interesting research that sheds insight on what people are actually doing during those calls, and it’s quite revealing. Mobile conferencing is on the rise as organizations and workers take advantage of mobile broadband connectivity and teleconferencing apps and services to take care of business regardless of where they are, often making use of them in lieu of traveling to attend meetings and conferences.

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Significant changes to OSHA regulations 1910.269 and Part 1926 Subpart V went into effect last month, and more are on the way.

29 CFR 1910.269, of course, is the Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution Standard. 29 CFR Part 1926 is the Safety and Health Regulations for Construction, and Subpart V covers construction related to Electric Power Transmission and Distribution.

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The number of IPv4 networks that make up the Internet today is approaching its limits. Some routing equipment used by ISPs and enterprises may be adversely affected in the coming weeks from this approaching limitation.

Though most of the Internet is yet to experience “the conditions that could cause problems for unprovisioned equipment,” the maximum number of routes the Internet can support, as defined by the default TCAM (Ternary Content Addressable Memory) configuration on “certain aging hardware platforms” is 512K routes, Renesys' Jim Cowie highlights on a company blog post.

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What plans does your organization have in place to purposefully and strategically grow your network to meet your customers’ demands? In a survey Finley commissioned earlier in the year, we learned that many organizations have concerns regarding ever-changing technology and are looking for technical leadership.

Through some purposeful and visionary planning discussions, your organization can efficiently prepare that roadmap to operational excellence.  Consider the importance of:

  • Scalable Network Design
  • Security Infrastructure
  • Backup and Cloud
  • Device Lifecycle Management
  • Network Monitoring and Management
  • Multi-System Integration
  • Troubleshooting
  • Standards Compliance

With high client satisfaction scores, Finley Engineering has become a trusted and preferred partner in the services we offer, which include IP Design and Services. Clients choose to work with us, and stay with us based on the quality of our work, planning and communication. We thank our Finley Associates for the work they have done to earn us a 95% client satisfaction rating.

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