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Now.. I dont know a whole lot about most wireless technologies, but 3G seems to have cost the telecomunications industry more money than they can ever earn back, at least from what I hear.

The auction of 3G licenses and radio spectrum in Europe played a significant part in the tech bubble of the late 1990s. Convinced that 3G adoption would be rapid and the profits from data massive, European telecommunications companies ploughed a total of €109 billion into the licenses alone, for a total of approximately €300 billion including equipment and marketing. - Wikipedia

With the increasing range and coverage of Wifi networks and their providers, I have to wonder weather broadband Wifi services are going to replace a lot of the 3G demand the coming years...

I mean..  if I can get 802.11g access in almost all the places that I live and work.. and so can all my collegues and friends.. then why do I need a 3G phone when all the content, and of course VoIP, can come to me over regular internet channels at a fraction of the cost?

Sure where not there quite yet..  but how long until serious Wifi providerors start offering phone-like services as an alternative?

Posted on Thursday, November 11, 2004 12:02 PM Tech | Back to top


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I could say more, but I believe your need for 3G will come out of exactly what you just mentionted: -IF- you can get 802.11a/b/g anywhere, you won't need it. I would have to say that at this time, and in the near future, the range and capacity of those kinds of networks just won't cut it. Other networks are just too different as you travel from place to place, and the phone providers just happen to be in the right place to own all the broadcast equipment and technology to give you a connection wherever you go.

I hope that will change in the future, but for some years, I don't see 802.11a/b/g growing that quickly. What I -do- see is an adoption of WiMax, or similar tecnology.
Left by Dalrain on Nov 12, 2004 12:39 AM

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Of course in America the situation is that the coverage could not easlily be matched by Wifi providers. . However in the Netherlands.. I think the situation might be quite different. I heard of a provider startup, setting up wifi coverage over the whole of the Amsterdam area. If you can do that.. you could, with enough investment, cover the rest of this small country.. It would be even easier in even smaller countries, like Luxenburg.
Left by Jemimus on Nov 12, 2004 9:09 AM

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Thanx for commenting by the way! :D
Left by Jemimus on Nov 12, 2004 9:09 AM

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