Excellent review of how the wireless industry is heading to a turning point. Your newsletter is one of the few that has thought provoking material and keeps my attention span to the end.
(Frank Marum, TSS Partners)
When anything significant takes place in the industry, Andrew Seybold can be counted on to take a hard look at it and then provide readers with straight answers about the promise, the reality, and the hype. He is the wireless industry’s "man on the street."
When the noise level reaches a fever pitch, look to Andrew Seybold to provide a voice of reason that clarifies complex issues and provides invaluable insight that can be acted upon.
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Three examples of this are data encryption, the Internet of Things (IoT), and even 5G, meaning the use of small cells to increase network capacity for customers. Each of these was developed way back in the 1990s, centuries ago in wireless time.
The latest “new” free Wi-Fi attempt is in New York City. The New York City project is, yet again, converting the city’s phone booths into Wi-Fi hotspots. I say “yet again” because if you google Wi-Fi for ‘NYC Telephone Booths’ you will find news articles spanning a number of years and covering different attempts at the same thing. more
So on the one hand the network operators are saying they need more and more spectrum and on the other it appears they are not being good stewards of the spectrum they have. There is a disconnect between these two for sure. more
The title of this commentary should not be taken seriously unless you believe the Internet has infinite bandwidth, it is a robust network, and it […] more
I can imagine the surprise when those who trust the Internet and view it as a 99.999% (“5-9s”) reliable network suddenly found themselves without it. In reality, the on and off ramps may not always be able to provide access. more
Why then did the world turn its back on BlackBerry? The simple reason was the pizazz of the iPhone and then Android smartphones. Unfortunately, when the BlackBerry lost its luster, we lost our ability to send and receive secure emails and text messages. more
The insane price for spectrum evident with the AWS-3 spectrum will change the wireless landscape forever, at least in the United States. more
I guess this industry needs its feeding frenzies in order to function but it seems as though we don’t learn from one to the next and make the same mistakes time and time again. more
As we move toward an all-IP world and trust the Internet more, the fact is that the reliability of our voice, data, and video communications systems is being degraded. more