Ruckus Wireless will supply the gear for Google’s planned business Wi-Fi service. The catch is Ruckus has never sold any small business products — not until today, that is.
In this part of our special report on reinventing the internet, a look at how the wireless networks of the future should evolve to handle a world in which mobile computers are the standard computers.
You don’t make the decision to wind down a 130-year-old business without a little bit of angst, said Hans Vestberg, CEO of Ericsson, reflecting on his company’s decision to end a joint partnership with Sony last year in a GigaOM interview Tuesday.
For most people, 4G feels a little faster, but not anything close to the 10 times we were promised. What’s going on here? Ed Robinson of Riverbed Technology thinks we’ve made websites so obese that the networks can’t keep up.
While the demand for video on mobile devices may be there, monetizing that demand depends on being able to deliver video over wireless networks efficiently and economically enough to allow scalable business models to emerge. For now, though, and even for the medium-term future, bandwidth constraints impose limits not just on data consumption but on monetization strategies for premium video.
Tropical storm Irene reminded us how essential reliable cell phone service has become in our lives. Kathy Fosberg of IdaTech discusses the emerging technology of fuel cells and how they power mobile service so we’re free to tweet about the hurricane.
A Boston company called NetBlazr wants to offer businesses free access to a communal broadband network if a user pays for about $300 in equipment and then turns over the management of that gear to NetBlazr so it can continue building the network.
The number of U.S. smartphone users is on the rise: 29.4 percent of Americans have one says comScore. Oddly, the amount of people using smartphones for data-intensive activities is very low, indicating that new smartphone owners are paying for the networks that tech-savvy people are using.
More signs of the coming wireless bandwidth apocalypse: A new survey shows that consumers are increasingly keen to watch video content on mobile devices, especially those in the 18-29 demo. That’s going to put even more strain on already groaning wireless networks, and probably cause AT&T to whine even more about iPhone users hogging bandwidth. Meanwhile, Apple wants to increase mobile music and video consumption by shifting iTunes to the cloud. It’s probably also looking for another iPhone wireless partner.
The FCC today outlined a framework for both fixed-line and mobile network operators in an effort to prevent discrimination against traffic on their networks. Chairman Julius Genachowski expanded on 4-year-old network-neutrality principles, adding six new guidelines and suggesting all the principles become formal rule and apply to both wireline and wireless networks. Expect plenty of push-back from the carriers as Genachowski’s initiatives move forward, expect to hear plenty from the net-neutrality crowd in the coming weeks.