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March 2018 | Volume 8, Issue 1 | 5G & 802.11 |

5G and IEEE 802.11

How does 802.11 fit into existing (pre-5G) "mobile broadband"?

Adrian Stephens discusses the emergence of 5G in the context of the existing standard IEEE 802.11.

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Letter from the Editor

by Yatin Trivedi, David Law

Oh Gee, 5G?

These days everyone is talking about 5G: 5G phones, 5G networks, 5G appliances, and even 5G-ready vehicular networks. So what is 5G? What is going to happen to my (flip) phone? My wireless router at home or an access point at my (small) office? My all-new electric car? Do I have to buy a whole new set of devices for my car, office, and home? Will my phone continue to work at Starbucks and at the airport with free Wi-Fi? Are there new standards coming up for these gadgets to work on the old and the new networks?
Even if you are a casual user of the internet looking for advances in communication technology, you will come across an alphabet soup (and numbers) with acronyms such as ITU-R, 802.11, 3GPP, IoT, .ad, and .ah. What about all the other TLAs (three-letter acronyms) I keep reading about in technical journals, magazines, and sometimes even the business media?
Well, you don’t have to wonder anymore, nor do you have to wander very far. Adrian Stephens is a member of the Standards Education Committee (SEC) and the Editorial Board of this eZine. He is also very active in the wireless standards development community. In fact, he chairs the IEEE 802.11 working group. So, you are going to hear about these topics straight from the horse’s mouth—literally!

Funny Pages: R.I.P Landline

Illustrated by David Law

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