One of the enjoyable muses out there is watching companies grapple with the old because they just cant get their minds around the new. How many times have you heard if the wheel isn’t broken don’t fix it, well do the “wheels” on your sport SUV look like those on the flint mobile? Ok, that’s nonsense as most everything that can be invented has been and we simply come up with new and more complicated ways to assemble them. Again take the transistor, is it still silicon based just like the original, well yes and for those out there that are jumping up and down saying, see, see they invented the transistor a mire 70 or 8o odd years back so there, we can invent new things. To which my quick retort would be, not so fast we only found a way to re “assemble” the silicon atoms to something different, as “silicon” has been around since the start of time.
However that’s not the debate as what I’m getting at is all this noise still about fiber (for the internet) to houses or high speed copper connections as hello has no one seen the Smartphone and tablet movement? People want to be mobile, they don’t want to be tied to their homes or office, they need to be able to work and enjoy life in a mobile way. Also has no one figured out that hard infrastructure has a life span along with limitations?
If we look to the BRIC* nations what you will see is they skipped the copper generation all together and gone wireless out the gate delivering better technology faster and cheaper. Matter a fact, as I write this on my iPad in Malaysia I’m connected by rather fast (DSL speeds) unlimited SIM that I paid $8 for at the airport and it covers 5 days and again unlimited service (take that US carriers)! Try saying unlimited in the United States, yes you will get a cross look from someone who has no clue what a gigabyte is other than a DJ’s might use it to download songs illegally! Yea I’m for real and even wrote a post a few months back as it’s a true story. However again what has got me thinking about this is the AT&T and T-Mobile deal which was just announced as AT&T cited one of the primary drivers happened to be they grew the data business by 8,000% yea that’s 8,000 percent my friends, does that send a message that the wire is dead or what?
So one has to applaud AT&T for stepping up the game, however I’m skeptical that still is enough as my beliefs are this is the tip of the bandwidth iceberg and the United States needs to up its internet game big time. As yes I know it’s easy to deliver wireless internet to an island (Malaysia & Singapore) then it is the continental United States as it’s a big area. However this is where the government needs to, correction must step in to promote the delivery of wireless service, spectrum and technology. As the key is in the math, yes that subject in high school you hated, well the answer is there by finding better ways to encode and compress data to optimize data delivery over available spectrums is the key to international success.
Tax breaks need to be created for cell tower development and deployment while tariff’s raised on legacy copper connections to entice change. R&D tax credits need to be issued for research and achievement in the encoding space, in fact to ensure it’s an open standard maybe even university sponsored research grants are the answer as well as unified protocols because failure to support interoperability should be discouraged as for information to be free, it must be universally exchangeable…
*BRIC = Brazil, Russia, India and China