Like every other website on the planet, SmallNetBuilder uses cookies. Our cookies track login status, but we only allow admins to log in anyway, so those don't apply to you. Any other cookies you pick up during your visit come from advertisers, which we don't control.
If you continue to use the site, you agree to tolerate our use of cookies. Thank you!

Router Charts

Click for Router Charts

Router Ranker

Click for Router Ranker

NAS Charts

Click for NAS Charts

NAS Ranker

Click for NAS Ranker

More Tools

Click for More Tools

Wireless Features

Tags:

Introduction

While the CTIA may like to bill its annual spring show as "The Most Important Technology Event of the Year", the relatively thin floor traffic at this week's CTIA Wireless 2005 show in New Orleans may cause them to rethink that title. The aisles were generally easy to navigate and the biggest draws were the free wireless access throughout the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and the computerized waterfall in front of Samsung's booth.

Samsung's Waterfall - click to view AVI movie

Samsung's Waterfall
(click on image to view AVI movie - 2.8M)

Fear and Loathing in the Big Easy

If I were to judge the state of the broadband cellular industry by what was on display at CTIA Wireless 2005, I'd say there's a good news / bad news story developing. The good is that deployment of 3G cellular networks based on technologies such as 1x EV-DO will continue - expanding the number of places where you'll be able to get data service with speeds in the hundreds of kbps.

The bad is that those wider pipes may be quickly clogged by all the video, music and gaming content that network owners and MVNOs (Mobile Virtual Network Operators) will be pushing us to buy. This is likely to leave anyone with real work to do on those networks frustrated and wondering where all the hyped bandwidth went.

So why is the cellular industry gearing up to use their shiny new high-bandwidth networks to push multimedia junk food? A key reason is the same thing that is moving wired telcos to compete with the cable folks - rapidly declining voice revenue. What is happening now with wired VoIP will inevitably happen for cellular voice. The only questions are when and what the rate of change will be.

More Wireless

Zyxel logo

Is Cloud-Based Network Management Right for You? - Cloud managed networks aren't just for Enterprises anymore.

Wi-Fi System Tools
Check out our Wi-Fi System Charts, Ranker and Finder!

Featured Sponsors



Support Us!

If you like what we do and want to thank us, just buy something on Amazon. We'll get a small commission on anything you buy. Thanks!

Over In The Forums

I have forcedly installed merlinwrt on DSL edition of AC68U (don't judge me for bad purchase choices), of course I lost DSL functionality but that's o...
Go http://barwice.phorum.pl/viewtopic.php?p=13994#13994 to topSealy Posturepedic Citadel Hill Ultra Plush Euro Pillow case Top MattressAnother top sel...
All,I love AsusWRT Merlin and have used it for years. At present I would like to utilize AI Mesh. Unfortunately I have grown accustomed to having the ...
The short version of the story is that I have an OpenVPN client/server setup where the client is on cellular Internet (private IP) and the server has ...
Hello I am looking at two NAS Servers.The QNAP TS 251+ It Has the HDMI port and upgradable memory plus a lot of features. I was fixing to buy it when...

Don't Miss These

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3