Many of the trends highlighted in this issue depend on low-cost, ubiquitous bandwidth. To enable these trends, and dozens of others, a new generation of wireless broadband is about to emerge. The Trends Editors assert that we’re on the verge of the fastest worldwide rollout of a new technology ever seen. So-called “mesh-wireless systems” will soon transform the way we understand and use electronic networks. More importantly, they will provide the access that is currently possible only in major tech centers to virtually every person on earth. What will this mean? We’ll explain.
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