Jon Gold

Senior Writer

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

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 O-RAN 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.

IoT power: battery, wired or wireless?

IoT power: battery, wired or wireless?

Powering small IoT devices spread over a wide area is an important issue, and efficiency is the name of the game.

CBRS wireless yields  $4.5B+ for licenses to support 5G

CBRS wireless yields $4.5B+ for licenses to support 5G

The Federal Communications Commission wrapped up five weeks of bidding on county-by-county licenses for Citizens Broadband Radio Service eyed by 4G and 5G service providers, private firms

IoT roundup: A wide-scale security flaw and energy-sector botnets

IoT roundup: A wide-scale security flaw and energy-sector botnets

Monitoring water treatment using IoT will become $3.5 billion business.

5G can make for cost-effective private backhaul

5G can make for cost-effective private backhaul

While 5G use cases tend toward connecting many devices to a network, using the wireless technology for private backhaul can have a surprising amount of utility.

5G: CBRS license bids top $2.4 billion in FCC auction

5G: CBRS license bids top $2.4 billion in FCC auction

The CBRS window is open as bidders battle for choice parts of a unique chunk of U.S. airwaves.

Gartner: 5G rises as overall wireless infrastructure spending falls

Gartner: 5G rises as overall wireless infrastructure spending falls

The pandemic took a measurable toll on the market for wireless infrastructure, but 5G spending remains a bright spot.

Private 5G can solve some enterprise problems that Wi-Fi can’t

Private 5G can solve some enterprise problems that Wi-Fi can’t

While service providers might think of private 5G as a competitor to Wi-Fi, short-term its enterprise use will be supplemental.

Are newer medical IoT devices less secure than old ones?

Are newer medical IoT devices less secure than old ones?

Legacy medical IoT devices may lack security features, but newer ones built around commodity components can have a whole different set of vulnerabilities that are better understood by attackers.

How 5G frequency affects range and speed

How 5G frequency affects range and speed

5G spectrum use falls into three major bands, each with different characteristics that can influence coverage and deployment strategies.

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