Last week’s Wireless Infrastructure Show continued – no, blew the roof off – the recent trend of events focused on forward-looking ideas and initiatives.
(See our last post for insights from the NEDAS “Peering into the Future” themed conference and the HetNetForum‘s “The Wireless Technology Roadmap: A Trip into the Future” panel at the ACUTA Annual Conference.)
Unlike more narrowly focused industry events, the PCIA conference is broad in scope and serves up big ideas around things such as:
- Creating the Wireless Workforce of the Future
- Expanding Human Possibilities through Cellular Technology
- Empowering Public Safety
- Densifying the Wireless Network Indoors, in Urban Areas and Rural Areas
- Enabling Smart Buildings
All of which informs that big ideas require evolutionary and revolutionary change.
Certainly the technology is changing. Panels were filled with a steady diet of LTE-U, 5G, virtualization, C-RAN, Digital DAS, Small Cells and WiFi.
Perhaps, more importantly, presenters repeatedly demonstrated that business models must also change, such as:
- Workforce Training
- Public-Safety Initiatives
- Sharing of In-Building Costs
- Development of Repeatable Processes for Small Cell Deployment
- (Re-) Alignment of the Wireless Ecosystem Stakeholders
The wireless industry is innovating at a furious pace. It will be interesting to continue to observe.
Check out our tweets from the event!