back to article Slow connections can’t come fast enough as industry eyes low bandwidth

There’s a general acceptance within the mobile industry that the more advanced forms of 4G and 5G will eventually conjure up connections of 1Gb/s. But for many speakers at Huawei’s Global Mobile Broadband Forum 2015, 10kb/s is every bit as exciting. At the Hong Kong event, speakers were positively effusive about LTE-NB, or …

  1. Grubby

    Huawei provide TalkTalk Routers

    So not all bad news for the TT customers then, they're about to get a speed increase.

  2. Infernoz Bronze badge

    A dubious idea because of line of sight, power and future availability.

    Re: "Huawei provide TalkTalk Routers"

    Lol, not likely when BT supplies a crappy two box 'solution', but Draytek have done it in one box for years now, and a different sector anyway i.e. wireless cell radio, not wired boardband!

    The higher the frequency, the smaller the wavelength, so yes, smaller aerials, but the much greater need for line of sight and (well over) 10 years is a long time to expect the same provider, cell radio standard and target infrastructure to stay available...

    I suspect that a touch registered mesh network is far smarter for IoT than star networks like WiFi and via a cell tower, because each device may use far less radio power for orders of magnitude shorter distance to the next node, and it may avoid most of the need for line of sight. With some local mesh network data caching and broadcast it may even significantly speed up firmware, config. and settings changes and significant reduce the load on and cost of using external networks.

    1. Bob H

      Re: A dubious idea because of line of sight, power and future availability.

      The TalkTalk routers are a one box solution for VDSL or ADSL2, I was amazed when I went to my fathers house and saw the mess under his desk partly caused by the two box solution from Plusnet.

  3. Bob H

    IoT all the things!

    IoT is great but what worries me is this centralisation. Here are my concerning scenarios:

    * You buy a thermostat and it works great but perhaps you want to change supplier or service provider and now you lose some functionality.

    * You buy some IoT widget that does something interesting. The company that developed it loses interest in it, can't make money from it or goes bankrupt. Your widget no longer works and worse still is now landfill.

    The lack of open standards, open platforms and the rise of lock-in in these things makes me worry. BTW, I've got a Nest but it replaced a Heatmiser which was interesting because it had a micro webserver on-board which allowed you to programme and control it with simple requests. The Nest is more fancy, more beautiful and works better overall but when the connectivity fails the gains worry me.

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