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Wireless Networks

Cisco: Wifi Traffic To Exceed Wired by 2018

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Cisco: Wifi Traffic To Exceed Wired by 2018

According to the Cisco Visual Networking Index report wifi traffic is to exceed wired traffic by 2018 as global IP traffic across fixed and mobile connections grows nearly 3-fold over the 2013-2018 forecast period.

Spurring such growth are growing internet user and device numbers, faster broadband speeds and increased video viewing-- for instance Cisco predicts the FIFA World Cup alone will generate 4.3 exabytes of IP traffic, 3 times the monthly IP traffic generated by host city Brazil.

Following that Cisco expects global IP traffic to reach 132 exabytes per month by 2018, the equivalent of 8.8 billion simultaneous 4K/UHD World Cup final streams.

Non-PC devices are a main IP traffic driver-- 33% of 2013 IP traffic came from non-PC devices, a share forecast to grow to 57% by 2018 through TVs, tablets, smartphones and M2M connections.

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Juniper and Arupa Team Up in Networks

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Juniper and Arupa Team Up in Networks

Juniper and Aruba form a partnership to combine Aruba mobility solutions with Juniper enterprise switches and routers, thus bringing about "ongoing product innovation" to customers.

Aruba will get key Juniper software elements and APIs to create a reference architecture leveraging its WLAN access points, AirWave network management and ClearPass policy management systems alongside Juniper EX series switches and MX series routers.

The deal includes Aruba's current generation 802.11n and next gen 802.11ac products.

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Google’s Satellite Plan for the Internet

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Google’s Satellite Plan for the Internet

Google plans to spend more than $1 Billion on a fleet of satellites to bring internet access to unwired parts of the globe, according to the Wall Street Journal. The project will use small, high-capacity low-Earth orbit satellites that sit closer to the ground than traditional geostationary satellites, reducing lag times.

Internet services by satellite are widely available today from operators such as Astra and Eutelsat, operating in geostationary orbits at approximately 36,000 km altitude. At a rather lower level, the Iridium satellite network offers a global network from about 800km height, and is widely used for satellite phones and maritime services. Google is reported to be looking at orbits of only 160 km high, with the potential to remove any notable lag for the connection.

This project can be seen from several angles. At one level it is an altruistic effort to connect the digitally disenfranchised peoples of the globe, while other might describe it as a bid for first-mover advantage for the next wave of internet growth.

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Wi-Fi for the Sea

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Wi-Fi for the Sea

If you do any marine business at all, you realize one modern problem of yacht owners is how to stay connected with the internet. The tragic disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH-370 underlined for the public that there are still places on the high seas that are unreachable by what we think is our ubiquitous communications technology.

And that’s the wave that brings in Zinwave Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) technology. Their in-building wireless DAS also provides ubiquitous wireless coverage for super yachts, commercial vessels and cruise liners—and is already deployed by a number of ship building yards in the UK and Europe.

The irony is that their “in-building” wireless designed to solve connectivity issues inside the four walls of buildings is now on the horizon for many lovers of the open, fresh air of the high seas. Read more...

Wifi Gets NFC Connectivity

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Wifi Gets NFC Connectivity

The Wifi Alliance plans to add Near Field Communication (NFC) to its Certified Protected Setup program, making connection setup as easy as tapping 2 devices together.

Such "tap-to-connect" capability will allow the connection of devices to the internet or networks by simply tapping a router. Users can set both traditional networks with an access point and Wifi Direct groups.

The first devices supporting the NFC option include the Broadcom Dual-Band 802.11ac access point, the Marvell Avastar 88W8787, the Mediatek NFConnected AP and NFConnected STA, the Qualcomm Dual-Band XSPAN 2-stream 802.11n WLAN adapter and the Nexus 10 tablet.

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