February 19, 2009
Why is everyone talking about Wireless Broadband (Wi-B)? Why are major decision makers, such as owners of companies and ministers and CEOs, discussing Wi-B threadbare at the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona, Spain?
Well, people are using it. Many people are using it. In fact, it appears to be an explosion of broadband and broadband related technologies and products all over the planet. Markets see this trend, as initially reported by TMC, as a welcome, positive and addictive viral invasion.
It is viewed in the time honored theme of “Good prevailing over Evil.” Good being business, buzzword, revenue, jobs, hope, sustenance and smiles. Evil being in the form of the dark and deadly life-sucking vortex of the seemingly unstoppable global recession.
As in the movies and in all hero-villain books, a broadsword in the form of broadband can be plunged deep, and fatally, in the heart of the feared gargantuan beast. But which stout heart will carry the sword? Which hand will brave the plunge?
Leaders feel that it would have to be a collaborative effort with well-planned and simultaneous multi-pronged attacks. In a setting reminiscent of the famous blockbuster movie “Independence Day,” all governments have to join hands and give broadband, in all its hues and shapes, the desired impetus and licenses required to foster growth.
Major positives, they feel, will be the generation of hundreds of thousands of jobs, massive broadband centric device manufacturing, substantial value chain creation, dramatically lowering costs of related products and services once standardization is achieved.
Another positive is the environmental impact; with potentially everything going digital and online, technology could help save thousands of trees by not printing documents and books.
Other positive fallouts could be the gradual switch in schools and other educational institutions to go broadband and maybe then children will then not have to carry back-breaking books.
Smarthomes, where each device is controlled via IP and mobile phones, could become affordable to all. Maybe many home devices could be powered by less costly direct currents over the Ethernet (PoE) and this in turn could drastically reduce power consumption.
Folks, it is revolution time in the name of Wi-B.
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Vivek Naik is a contributing editor for unified communications. To read more of Vivek's articles, please visit his columnist page.
Edited by Michelle Robart