Although technology has brought marvels in mobile computing, it has provided means to use all of the radio resources on which mobile computing depends. Wireless networks are a hundred times faster than just ten years ago, but their rich, interactive, streaming-oriented applications consume all available capacity and demand more. Managing this critical radio resource and determining the most effective spectrum-allocation policies require an understanding of what constitutes the most efficient use of spectrum.
Kentucky-based Bluegrass Cellular, which already offers mobile broadband service as part of Verizon Wireless' rural LTE initiative, launched a fixed LTE service called GetSetGo.
The past year has been eventful, to say the least, for Nokia Siemens Networks. Laying off employees, selling off businesses and constantly readjusting the business plan to, well, remain in business. The company is doing much better financially, and I can't help but be fascinated by the progress it has made.
The FCC gave itself a pat on the back via a new white paper showing the agency has put the United States ahead of eight other developed nations when it comes to freeing spectrum for licensed mobile broadband. In addition, U.S. efforts to unleash unlicensed spectrum for mobile broadband far outpace those of the European Union.
We're all friends here, so we can be honest--right? Okay. In the broader tech world, telecom isn't always seen as the sexiest or coolest segment of the market.
Mobile subscribers in the Asia Pacific have the cheapest mobile data service plans in the world, according to research firm Quantum-Web. Meantime, Latin America is home to the world's most expensive mobile data plans at an average of $23 per gigabyte--double that of the Asia-Pacific.
Five-year old company RovAir is pushing a new business model that provides on-demand mobile broadband access for as low as $1 per hour.
The mobile industry continues innovating and expanding, but some suggest it may be heading for its own fiscal cliff in coming years. That would be a shame because the importance of mobile communications is evident in the desperation felt by people who cannot get their smartphone fix whenever they want it.
There are plenty of big or noble reasons to give thanks for mobile communications for the ways it has made our lives better. However, as we enter the end-of-year holiday season here in the United States, I thought it was a good time to share some of the less noble reasons for giving thanks to the benefits that mobile communications have brought to my life. And, I am sure if you think about it, these are some of the same reasons you give thanks as well--even if you don't want to admit it.
There is no question that spending on wireless networks will contribute its fair share to global GDP for the foreseeable future. However, the march toward true mobile broadband is going to be a decade-long phenomenon. It will be highly dependent on country/operator/spectrum/population density/investment density/data demand. Along the way, there will continue to be "flavors" of 4G, where we will see, for example, HSPA networks that outperform LTE networks, based on a host of factors. Numerous entities have tried to define what a "4G" experience is, and operator marketing organizations have been rather liberal in their interpretation of 4G.