The Obama administration has opened up relations with Cuba and Iran to some degree - do these actions have any significant business opportunities for RF and microwave companies? Cuba is a very underserved with wireless infrastructure so perhaps a large rollout could produce significant additional business for components although it is not a large country. Other than that, there does not seem to be much going on there in our areas of business. Business with Iran is still a ways off but perhaps there could be future opportunities there also for wireless infrastructure and other applications.
Interestingly enough, Microwave Journal does receive papers from Iran as there are some antenna companies and universities doing research that have submitted papers. We have published a couple of articles from authors that attended and worked at Razi University and Urmia University on some interesting low pass filter and antenna designs.
And moving onto China, it was reported earlier this month that for the first five months of this year, China has already exported 160,000 units of civilian drones worth 750 million yuan (http://en.yibada.com/articles/43440/20150707/china-s-civilian-drone-export-rises-reaches-750m-yuan.htm#ixzz3h7dgwcwf). This is a huge surge that is about 55-70 times the monthly rate from last year. If countries open up their airspace to civilian drones as expected, this number could climb even faster. While companies in our industry participate more with the higher end military drones, the companies that make commercial wireless control, Wi-Fi and GPS chips should benefit greatly.
What new opportunities are you seeing?