Until the 1990s, an operator could install a wireless tower almost wherever it pleased and with minimal objection from local communities. It didn’t take many towers to support an entire region because there weren’t many customers in the first place and most of the data was simple voice.
In the next few years, the demands for tower space and new cell sites will reach an all-time high. There are new build-outs required for Clearwire/Sprint, for AWS spectrum owners including T-Mobile and a number of cable operators.
This week’s WiMAX World wasn’t exactly the all-out enthusiastic trade event you might expect from a technology that launched its first commercial U.S. mobile network the day before the show doors opened.
CHICAGO—Just like Clearwire shows in its video demos, you can ride in the back seat of a moving vehicle and watch a Disney flick or do practically anything you might traditionally do at your desktop PC.
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A quarter of a century ago, a fledgling industry took its first tentative steps on an unfamiliar path when it made the initial cellular phone call in Chicago.
It was a cold October day at Chicago’s Soldier Field but the sky was cobalt blue. The dignitaries wore their wool topcoats against the chilly wind that made the temperature feel like freezing. And Scott Erickson remembers the car wouldn’t start.
Ameritech launched the first commercial cellular network on Oct. 13, 1983, with much fanfare at Soldier Field in Chicago. New customers began signing up by the thousands despite the near $3,000 price tag and subscription fee of $50 per month and 50 cents per minute of airtime.
You might say the U.S. commercial cellular industry started when Ameritech executive Bob Barnett, in a car parked outside Soldier Field in Chicago, made that first commercial cellular phone call on Oct. 13, 1983, to a descendant of Alexander Graham Bell in Berlin.
Ever since commercial cellular service came to the United States in 1983, the phones we carry keep getting smaller and more sophisticated.
The big WiMAX World show is under way in McCormick Place this week, but the big WiMAX news isn’t. The big news, which is referenced in many of the sessions here, is the launch of Sprint’s Xohm network in Baltimore.
Mobile WiMAX networks, will provide cellular-like access networks for fixed, pedestrian and vehicular subscribers.
Industry buzz about wireless networking is dominated by discussion of 4G – primarily LTE and WiMAX.
The mobile and wireless industry is one of the most interesting and prominent growth areas in technology today, especially for investors.