The head of Agilent Technologies Inc. emerging communications business team says the world is increasingly becoming connected, but is concurrently unplugging hard-wired connections to networks. Jennifer Stark, emerging communications business team lead for the test and measurement equipment provider, explained in a media briefing with Report on Wireless on July 7 that increasingly people are turning to wireless for their broadband connectivity.  "The 1900s were all about connecting the world and the first decade of the new century looks like it’s going to be about keeping everybody connected while pulling the plugs," Stark tells RoW. This presents challenges not only on the technology design front, she adds, singling out past issues associated Bluetooth and wireless local area network (LAN) technologies.  Stark underscores the importance of ensuring interoperability. "Interoperability is a big piece of this, so ensuring the connectivity, ensuring that when you take the guaranteed cable connection away that that wireless link still provides the type of fidelity and the quality of service that consumers have come to expect," she says.  There are five key drivers behind expanded wireless usage in a variety of arenas from traditional local area networks to home entertainment and personal area networks. But, she maintains, the broad range of wireless technologies are complementary not competing. She explains that broadband wireless comes into the home or office through WiMAX, which then feeds into a wireless LAN providing connectivity to a variety of systems within the home or office that are in turn connected to each other through other wireless technologies.  Agilent’s role within the rapidly evolving wireless communications sector is to help its customers not only understand the evolution, but be successful during it. "Our goal is to provide the products, the insight and services that can help these customers, who are developing wireless technologies, to be successful," Stark tells RoW.