In a recent post Scott Snyder gave us a look into his new book “The New World of Wireless: How to Compete in the 4G Revolution”. A senior fellow in the management department at The Wharton School, PHD in systems engineering from University of Penn and CEO of Decision Strategies International, Scott has unique view into the future of technologies and spends his days scenario planning with major brands.
In this follow up we've asked Scott to reiterate the major trends as well as the wireless jobs of the future.
Scott, what are the top trends in wireless?
1) Increasing speeds for sure - We will be reaching speeds above 100 Megabits per second in the next few years (10-20X a typical home broadband connection).
2) Interoperability among networks – While this is not necessarily desired by network owners since it may devalue their asset, users and governments have been pushing for open networks as they will make more resources accessible for consumers and businesses to innovate.
3) The connection with social networks – we are already seeing the shift to mobile devices as the dominant form of connecting to social networks.
4) User-centric networks and applications – the iPhone app store model has put the power in the hands of small players to build compelling apps. Smart devices will also allow users to leverage many networks versus being captive to one as we are today.
5) Low-end disruption – Innovation in the developing world in some of the poorest economies is shaping new wireless applications elsewhere. Remote healthcare, commodity market pricing, and microfinancing are just some of the examples coming from regions where the only infrastructure is wireless and users have basic cell phones.
What are 5 new jobs for the wireless future?
1) Mobile concierge application developer
2) Wireless productivity consultant to companies
3) Wireless innovation director or in organizations
4) Wireless community coordinator
5) Digital Swarm marketing manager
6) Wireless sensor network manager
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