WASHINGTON AP — TV was supposed to be everywhere by now – watchable anytime, anywhere, on your smartphone or tablet. But four years into the industry’s effort, network executives readily admit: TV isn’t everywhere.
Internet measurement techniques need a complete overhaul. New ways have emerged, potentially displacing older panel-based technologies. This will make it hard for incumbent players to stay in the game.
We’ve heard a lot recently about the pressing need for government action to free up more radio spectrum for wireless communications or to allow mergers or acquisitions purportedly aimed at the same goal. It’s no surprise that this issue attracts attention in Washington. When people can’t use their mobile devices to make or receive calls or to access content and data, they notice and they make themselves heard. And as any wireless consumer knows, service providers are struggling to meet the rapidly growing demand created by consumers’ desire for innovative devices, applications and content delivered wherever and whenever they want.
But focusing on spectrum alone is unlikely to solve wireless network congestion in the long run. Spectrum is a finite resource. While laws passed by Congress can assign and allocate spectrum, the many competing uses for capacity and the laws of physics limit how much spectrum is available for any one purpose. If consumer demand for wireless broadband continues to increase at predicted levels, policymakers will need to employ all available approaches to encourage efficient use of the wireless spectrum.
One often hears the cliché “a musician’s musician,” or “a poet’s poet.” Well, if there was an engineer’s engineer, it was probably Oliver Heaviside…
The 700 MHz auction was the last major wireless spectrum auction the FCC conducted. That auction, which ended more than five years ago, raised nearly $19.6 billion ($16.3 billion of which came from Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) and AT&T (NYSE:T)). The only auction that has occurred since then was last fall’s $300 million Mobility Fund auction–but that is all about to change.
The University of Melbourne issued a surprising analysis that indicates “inherently energy inefficient” radio access networks are “the biggest threat to the sustainability of cloud services.”
A wireless speed record was set in Germany, where researchers used 240 GHz spectrum to deliver a peak data speed of 40 Gbps over a distance of one kilometer. The speed record is said to equal the transmission of a complete DVD in less than one second.