On Monday, there was a bit of news that we put off to the side, because it needed a bit more thought, and also because we feared that it would get lost in the tsunami of iOS 8 coverage. The Wall Street Journal reported that Google was planning to spend at least $1 billion on an array of Internet satellites that would bring connectivity to more remote areas of the globe. This could potentially be huge.
I was actually just about to start writing an article on this very topic, when I saw in my news feed that T-Mobile exec Andrew Sherrard had essentially done my job for me (although he was far more succinct than I was likely to be on the subject.) Sherrard called out AT&T on its new "Next" frequent upgrade program as essentially being a scam.
We finally saw the future of T-Mobile today. We had seen bits and pieces and we had known what to expect for the most part, but today we got all of the answers and saw the plans laid out. But, the real question remains whether or not the change to being the "UNcarrier" makes T-Mobile a real threat to the competition or if it's just another marketing plan.
Data is cheaper to transmit, so why is Verizon more expensive?
To be fair, this isn't an issue specifically with Verizon, but Verizon does have the easiest numbers to parse right now. According to some research done by
The New York Times
' Brian X. Chen, the trouble starts with the feature that we had been hoping for since the tablet boom started a couple years ago: shared data plans. Those plans make it so while data is now cheaper for carriers to transmit, carriers like Verizon are also able to charge more for that data.
AT&T VP says the telephone network is obsolete, pushes for "All-IP telco", no regulation
We've said it before and we'll say it again. The dream is to ditch the traditional telephone network and simply have a data pipe coming into our smartphones, and it looks like that's the aim of AT&T as well. AT&T's federal regulatory division VP, Hank Hultquist, even did a talk on the subject at CES, saying that the telephone network is obsolete, and he wants to push towards an "all-IP telco".
Yesterday, we heard rumors that Google is attempting to
. Apparently, Google has been in talks with Dish Network as well as other companies to try to find a partner in building a mobile carrier. The first reaction from many is that this would be a great idea, but there are some trouble spots that Google will have to watch out for if it does try to create the so-called G-Mobile wireless carrier.
Smartphones drive data. It's a fact that's inescapable to wireless carriers and one that they have been searching for the answer to. Next generation networks like LTE are designed to handle big data, but it's the small cell stations that will make up the network that could bring the biggest benefit. We've heard the tales of trouble from every major carrier in the US about the cost and difficulty of building out new networks, and usually we just talk about the troubles of acquiring the radio spectrum needed to provide the bandwidth, but we almost never stop to consider the hardware used to deliver that bandwidth.