Michael Civiello, Zyray Wireless

I am honored to have the opportunity to write this 10th anniversary Upfront column. With nearly 20 years experience in the wireless industry, eight of them as an editorial advisory board member, I have had the privilege of watching and experiencing first hand the steady growth of what has become an excellent wireless monthly publication.

In parallel with the explosion of the wireless industry, Wireless Design & Development has grown in readership, editorial diversity, content, and expanded further with its online format and content. Keeping in step with the progress to date, I'd envisage we could expect a version delivered to our wireless handheld devices in the next 5 years!

Exactly five years ago I wrote about the importance of software and system solutions for the wireless industry. Today one can see that the companies that have been successful are in fact the ones that have been able to effectively wrap these items together into a "plug and play" solution. One need look no further than to the 20 or more Chinese handset manufacturers. In the past five years, their handsets have all been effectively enabled by complete system solutions. Turnkey solutions have enabled companies with little or no wireless experience to enter the scene and make an impact in the market.

So what does the next 5 years hold? With a solid base of complete wireless communication system solutions to build on, the next frontier will be about Applications and Access.

As standard operating systems expand beyond the desktop and laptop PC world to the handheld, we will start to see some very clever and useful applications emerge and make their way onto our handheld wireless devices. Application developers will now be enticed to enter the wireless handheld space, as an application will have much wider appeal running in a standard operating system environment, rather than the previous niche, proprietary O/S implementations that were the norm.

In parallel with applications, we will see and experience an expansion in access for wireless devices. Seamless roaming from wide-area cellular networks to local-area hot spot networks is already beginning to be demonstrated. Similarly, enterprise or campus-wide wireless coverage will be extended. This seamless movement will continue as we work to further connect the person with the home, office, and car. Add to that access on board airplanes and while traveling internationally and one begins to see the power of ubiquitous access.

In closing, best wishes to the publisher and editorial team of Wireless Design & Development. Congratulations on 10 years of progress. I believe I speak for all of the editorial advisory board members, and more importantly from our readership, in saying we all look forward to another 10 years with Wireless Design & Development!