Whitepapers

Space Intersects Internet: Opportunities and Challenges
Space and Internet are converging. The emergence of low earth orbit satellite constellations, and the investments pouring into it by global technology players, is one of the most significant disruptions of the last few decades. Opportunities abound. Challenges are numerous. This paper explores such aspects based on our involvement of architecting and deploying large scale Internet networks and services.
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Emerging Technology Disruptions: Learning from Experiments
The Internet infrastructure is evolving into a new phase, bringing in new disruptive technologies such as space networks, quantum computing and blockchain platforms. We provide a brief synthesis of some of our work in these areas with the most important take-aways.
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The Internet is Fast Approaching 50. How Might it Look at 60?
The internet is approaching 50 and the question of how it will look at 60 pops up. We provide our views on how things may look, and insights into trends and challenges ahead.
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The Critical Dimensions for 5G Fixed Access
In the run towards 5G, millimeter waves emerged as the leading technology largely driven by the plans of a few service providers on both sides of the Pacific. To assess the potential of the millimeter wave market for technology and financial investors we applied our techno-economic models in a typical US suburban areas. The results presented in this paper, show that the performance of millimeter waves affects the ability of the service provider to reach sufficient number of subscribers necessary to amortizes capital and operational expenses. This leads us to conclude that millimeter waves is a niche fiber extension application suitable for select markets.
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The Cascading Technology Trap
A survey of smart city activities around the world shows that much of the focus of smart city projects remains on establishing the most basic of services such as connectivity. In fact, there is a clear lag in the deployment of technologies and services in smart city applications, versus what technologies enable. In this paper, we present a bottom up approach to understand the fundamental reasons for such lag. We call this the cascading technology trap.
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A Foothold in Silicon Valley
We highlight Xona’s collective Silicon Valley experience in the various components of the innovation value chain, from technology ideas incubation, to venture capital funding, to growth into global markets, as well as successful business exits, to develop a Silicon Valley inspired technology and innovation ecosystem, and in allowing our clients to develop a low risk, insightful presence in the Valley and kick start an evolutionary innovation centric environment of their own.
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