Ultrawideband Communications- An Idea Whose Time has Still Yet to Come?

P Catherwood, W 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
JournalIEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1 Apr 2015


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


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