Jon Gold

Senior Writer

Jon Gold covers IoT and wireless networking for Network World. He can be reached at jon_gold@idg.com.

Wi-Fi spectrum gains to boost wireless capabilities in 2021

Wi-Fi spectrum gains to boost wireless capabilities in 2021

Recent FCC moves to open new spectrum to unlicensed users is about to expand enterprise Wi-Fi in a big way.

FCC's 5G-frequency auction prompts $2 billion in bids on the first day

FCC's 5G-frequency auction prompts $2 billion in bids on the first day

A broad chunk of wireless spectrum that the Federal Communications Commission has put up for grabs to the highest bidder will enable the most advanced 5G services.

SUSE’s Rancher acquisition brings containerization support

SUSE’s Rancher acquisition brings containerization support

Rancher’s Kubernetes management capabilities should set up SUSE for supporting digital transformation.

Edge computing: When to outsource, when to DIY

Edge computing: When to outsource, when to DIY

Enterprises can choose on-premises edge computing options or hire public edge services, but the right choice depends on factors including budget, in-house expertise and regulatory requirements.

German IoT startup Dryad wants to help prevent forest fires

German IoT startup Dryad wants to help prevent forest fires

Dryad Networks is prepping an IoT network of sensors connected via a solar-powered wireless mesh for deployment in forests as an early warning system to detect fires.

Talk of a national 5G network leaves a lot of questions unanswered

Talk of a national 5G network leaves a lot of questions unanswered

A rumored Trump administration proposal for a national 5G network has drawn a Congressional inquiry about what could be a sea change in spectrum-allocation policy.

IBM, Red Hat, and AT&T team up for private edge deployments

IBM, Red Hat, and AT&T team up for private edge deployments

An alliance of IBM and AT&T brings together 5G, Kubernetes and cloud management in an effort to simplify enterprise edge-computing deployments.

Forrester: Get ready for IoT networking chaos

Forrester: Get ready for IoT networking chaos

The varying network needs of IoT devices may force enterprises to master many connectivity technologies.

Machine learning in network management has promise, challenges

Machine learning in network management has promise, challenges

Automation, machine learning and artificial intelligence are becoming critical network-management capabilities as network complexity skyrockets.

Verizon deals with Microsoft, Nokia aim at making private 5G easier

Verizon deals with Microsoft, Nokia aim at making private 5G easier

At this stage of 5G availability, offerings that blend fast cellular service with compatible software and hardware may attract early adopters.

How the Gap embraced the edge

How the Gap embraced the edge

2,500 North American GAP stores run on iPads and edge compute, aided by Wi-Fi, private LTE and the cloud.

IoT Roundup: Carriers and connectivity fueling Microsoft's IoT expansion, IoT networks getting smarter, and security corner

IoT Roundup: Carriers and connectivity fueling Microsoft's IoT expansion, IoT networks getting smarter, and security corner

This month's installment covers the impetus lent to IoT deployments by the ongoing pandemic, some new wrinkles in the security picture, and the possibility of more intelligence at the network edge in the future.

FCC outs telecoms with banned Chinese 5G hardware

FCC outs telecoms with banned Chinese 5G hardware

Huawei and ZTE 5G gear is still present on some service-providers' networks despite an FCC ban prompted by security fears.

FCC auctions should be a long-term boost for 5G availability

FCC auctions should be a long-term boost for 5G availability

Federal Communications Commission policymaking targets creation of new services by making more spectrum available

Cradlepoint buy nets Ericsson 5G infrastructure for carriers, enterprises

Cradlepoint buy nets Ericsson 5G infrastructure for carriers, enterprises

Ericsson’s $1.1 billion purchase of Cradlepoint could broaden its customer base and expand the 5G services its carrier customers can support.

Huawei ban could complicate 5G deployment

Huawei ban could complicate 5G deployment

Bans on Huawei, ZTE mean fewer choices for wireless carriers building 5G services

Carriers, vendors work to promote 5G-network flexibility with open standards

Carriers, vendors work to promote 5G-network flexibility with open standards

The ORAN Alliance is working on standards that could help create 5G networks that are software-driven and less reliant on a single-vendor to ensure interoperability

At it again: The FCC rolls out plans to open up yet more spectrum

At it again: The FCC rolls out plans to open up yet more spectrum

Hard on the heels of auctioning off CBRS bandwidth for 5G, the FCC moves to provide more and more spectrum for commercial use.

NFC vs. Bluetooth LE: When to use which

NFC vs. Bluetooth LE: When to use which

Near-field communications and Bluetooth LE are low-power wireless technologies suited for different uses in enterprises.

Many ad hoc Wi-Fi networks from the outset of COVID-19 still in use

Many ad hoc Wi-Fi networks from the outset of COVID-19 still in use

Public-access Wi-Fi extensions have helped students in areas with poor internet access to attend online classes, often with the help of non-profit groups and vendors.

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