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Ofcom's annual research report, this year entitled The Wireless World of Tomorrow, focuses on how wireless technologies might change the transport and healthcare landscapes over the next 20 years. Public transport, in particular, is expected to benefit from wireless technologies - though much of the innovation Ofcom expects to …


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  1. Richard
    Black Helicopters

    Lead bricks! Lead bricks for sale!

    Surely this can only mean more newspaper reading morons blaming their cancer, diarrhoea, headaches, smaller than usual genitalia and multiple dismemberment on all the nasty WiFi coming in under the door and through cracks in the window.

    As I said, lead bricks, coming to a supermarket near you.

  2. Elmer Phud Silver badge
    IT Angle

    Mouse potato

    I'd have thought that the tech was already easily available to enable me to check when the next bus is coming. Less time hanging around bus stops and more time on t'web.

    And as it appears that CCTV is crap at catching criminals it could be used so I can also see if there's a queue at the bus stop.

    20 years -my arse, what's the level of technology gong to be in 5 years?

  3. Anonymous Coward

    Admission that government is incompetent ...

    "Ofcom says communications with the road will take longer to develop as that involves working with government departments."

    Which I guess explains why OFCOM itself is so slow in dealing with things that really matter to ordinary people -- like stopping 0870 abuse instead of just creating new loopholes, ensuring that users can't be penalised for unlimited use of a service advertised as unlimited and preventing grossly unfair developments like imposition of rolling contracts.

  4. Sean M

    All cars will then be trackable

    Put a mobile phone in every car, and then every car will be trackable.

    Therefore road pricing becomes easy.

    And tracking average speed becomes easy as well, so speeding becomes impossible to get away with.

    (Of course the phone would have to be always on, but I'm assuming this will be a legal requirement).

  5. Mage Silver badge

    Joss Sticks

    They need to get back to Spectrum Management,

    TM DE did very successful trials on High Speed trains and Digita Finland does Buses both using 450MHz Flash-OFDM (Wimax is only on the ratther less mobile 2.5GHz and 3.5GHz). Ireland (870MHz) and Slovakia (450MHz). also using Flash-OFDM.

    All the GSM-R applications could be done by vlans / MPLS securely on commerical ISPs running WiMax or Flash-OFDM.

    (Carriages and Buses use Flash-OFDM Router with WiFi).

    Objections from O2 and general Ofcom dithering seem to have held up sale of 870MHz in the UK

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