Millimeter Wave Technology to Address Growing Needs Of Wireless Communications

By CIOReview | Monday, September 14, 2015

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA: Millimeter Wave (MMW) Technology holds greater promises that can take wireless communication to the next level, finds Frost & Sullivan. The telecommunications industry currently can play a major role in evolution and consumption of this technology.

Furthermore with the proliferation of smart devices and their high user adoption along with the rising significance for interconnectivity intensifying MMW technology believed to address all of these demands. MMW technology is also believed to address the rising demand for high-speed data connectivity, high-resolution data transfer and cost-efficient data security.

Frost & Sullivan mention that government agencies and enterprises across verticals having identified the significance of Millimeter Wave (MMW) Technology, and their R&D departments are constantly striving to improve its interconnectivity and transmission of data across wireless communication.   

MMW technology is positioned to address the increasing demand for high-speed data connectivity, high-resolution data transfer, and cost-efficient data security. Similarly Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) of consumer electronics and network carriers are increasingly embracing the technology and enriching capabilities of their existing applications.

Amidst the various advantages MMWs possess, it also has a draw back or technical deficiency. They are prone to rain fade (60 GHz and 70/80 GHz). Where at 60 GHz, due to heavy oxygen absorption in the atmosphere there tends to be a limit in the distance of signal transmission.

While companies are trying their best to address the challenges pertaining to MMW technology, constant technological advancements, new applications and new opportunities also contribute for its fast paced evolution. Diverse industries and verticals such as telecommunications, healthcare, aerospace, defense, automobile and commercial security can significantly benefit from the MMW technology.

In the telecommunication industry especially there is an abundance of opportunities for such technology, as there is a huge bandwidth available for implementation of MMW bands as compared to wave bands that are currently being used for mobile communications. MMW technology has vast application in driver assistant systems where it can accelerate the commercialization process of unmanned vehicles. Furthermore, in the healthcare and commercial security industries the technology can provide considerable utility due to incorporation of scanning and imaging devices.

The accuracy and proximity of sensors in wireless sensor networks can be improved significantly using MMWs and by using the technology in radar systems a greater precision can be achieved while boosting satellite communication. Taking a look at the bigger picture, the advantages go further aiding in reduced load pressure bared by lower frequencies and enabling better transmission of data without interference from nearby radio waves.