Nowadays, it’s hard to find anyone in a developed country who doesn’t have at least one wireless device strapped to their hip. We’re all part of the wireless nation, and the gateway device is usually a phone of some sort. What was your first device? Mine was the phone I bought to keep in touch with my wife when she was first pregnant. Once our daughter was born, I’d been bitten by the wireless bug, and there was no going back. I had realized the utility of the devices, and now I can’t imagine ever going back to landlines only

Might as well ask me to use tin cans and string again.

As part of the wireless nation, I’m sure that many of you are curious as to what’s coming down the pike for wireless technology later in 2015 and beyond. To sate that curiosity, I’ve done a lot of research on your behalf, and distilled it into this article.

New Technologies

LTE-A will finally come into being. It’s going to have a top speed of greater than 1 Gbps+. And of course LTE-A is going to compete with Fiber to the Home technologies.

5G is coming as well. “5G” is not yet a name for a specific technology, though, but rather simply a placeholder name for “whatever is coming after 4G.” One of the primary developers of this technology is Samsung, creating the first transceiver technology in the world that uses adaptive arrays and operates in the millimeter-wave Ka bands. It’s said to bring speeds that are up to several hundred times faster than 4G.

New Devices

We’re going to see a marked increase in digital signage, including features such as local maps, news and weather feeds, and event listings. Also expect this signage to tie in with wearable transmitters, be they existing smartphones or additional devices similar to the Nike FuelBand, the Shine Fitness Tracker, or the NFC Ring. These devices will identify the user to the signage so that ads can be targeted specifically to the person as they walk by.

Additionally, as the price of tablets drop, we’re going to see them in more and more places. For instance, we’ll see them as in-room amenities in higher end hotels; they are also appearing in some restaurants as an aid to ordering food.

Additional technologies to watch out for in 2015 will be the real takeoff of 3D printing, large mobile storage (such as SATA) in smartphones, biometrics, fuel cells, IPv6, and Quantum Computing.

New Applications

What could we possibly need in the way of new applications? We already have audio, text and video. Everyone is developing an application for their particular brand of data. What else is there?

That’s the thing, though. We need to focus on the applications; they need to be the center, so to speak, of the technology universe. Networks need to be redesigned to make application traffic the number one priority. They have to adjust and adapt the traffic needs of the application layer so that jitter, packet loss and latency are absorbed and minimized so that ubiquitous and spontaneous coverage can continue to be provided around the world.

New End Points

Certainly there will be new end points on the network — some people expect up to 50 billion of them. There will be GPS-based devices, RFID equipment, and Wearable Networks.

Another trend to watch out for is nano computers. Expect these once quantum really gets off the ground which won’t be long now. They’ll be about 1/100th the size of a current PC, and maybe 1/1000 the weight of some of the smaller PCs or laptops.