Ultra-Wideband Communications - An idea whose time has still yet to come? [Wireless Corner]

Philip A. Catherwood, William G. Scanlon

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This paper presents a critical analysis of ultrawideband (UWB) and considers the turbulent journey it has had from the Federal Communications Commission's bandwidth allocation in 2002 to today. It analyzes the standards, the standoffs, and the stalemate in standardization activities and investigates the past and present research and commercial activities in realizing the UWB dream. In this paper, statistical evidence is presented to depict UWB's changing fortunes and is utilized as an indicator of future prominence. This paper reviews some of the opinions and remarks from commentators and analyzes predictions that were made. Finally, it presents possible ways forward to reignite the high-data-rate UWB standardization pursuit.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-43
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2015


  • high-definition television (HDTV)
  • IEEE 802.15 standards
  • microwave communication
  • mobile communication
  • personal area networks (PANs)
  • SHF communication
  • Ultrawideband (UWB)
  • UWB radar
  • UWB technology
  • wireless sensor networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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