Beyond 4G: The future of wireless

In a conference room overlooking Manhattan’s Greenwich Village last week, NYU showcased research being conducted by professors from its various branches—its school of medicine, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, and Polytechnic Institute—at an event titled “Beyond 4G: The Future of Wireless.”

Nine academics presented their findings on the wireless environment of today and tomorrow.

Driving slow in the fast lane

There’s a reason wireless carriers offer you deals to upgrade your phone—and it doesn’t involve a nefarious scheme with planned obsolescence at its root. Flip phones and other legacy phones simply bog wireless traffic down. And, with that traffic doubling every year (users accessing Netflix alone account for 20 percent of the traffic today), fourth-generation or 4G wireless technology won’t be able to handle the demand.

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