Wireless Communications: Is the Future Playing Out as Predicted?

Wireless Communications: Is the Future Playing Out as Predicted?

William Webb (Ofcom, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/jitn.2009010102
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Much of the rationale for the launch of 3G networks from 2000 onwards was to promote the expected rise in wireless data usage. Consumers were predicted to make widespread use of mobile internet and mobile TV but it was felt that the data rates offered by 2G networks were insufficiently fast to give them the experience that they expected. But more recently success has been achieved with different types of phone such as the iPhone and with new applications rather than higher data rates. This article takes a look at predictions of the future, considers whether they need to be modified in the light of events and makes its own suggestions as to where things might go from here.

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