To satisfy connectivity requirements, Internet service providers, large enterprises, municipalities and others often seek short-range wireless links in order to avoid costly fiber deployment or leased lines. License-exempt sub-6GHz solutions, and specifically 5.xGHz, has long served as an ideal solution, as it offered a low-cost, single time investment, which is widely available and easy to manage.
When Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer infamously declared in 2007, “There’s no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance,” Steve Jobs was forming the chip design team that would make his name and Apple’s iPhone a part of technological legend. These very chip designing capabilities, which Jobs astutely brought in-house, have enabled Apple to maintain the massive moat between itself and an entire industry.
Leasing cell tower space for antennas is an expensive proposition. Pricing depends on various factors, including, of course, site location. Equally important is how large and how much weight and wind torque your antennas add to the tower structure.
To reduce these ongoing expenses, some operators may consider introducing fiber. But the extensive infrastructure investment, long implementation period and the inability to provide remote connectivity quickly and cost effectively make it impractical.
I heard a particularly appropriate definition of economics: unlimited desires, limited resources.
Every day, telecommunication operators promote “unlimited” smartphone plans, offering “unlimited calls and texts,” or “unlimited data.”
When mobile tech professionals and consumers gather in Barcelona on February 22, 2016 for another Mobile World Congress, all eyes will be glued to promises of greater speeds and sleeker devices. However, the engineers on hand will know that all of the grand promises require major overhauls of mobile networks.