Is U.S. Wireless Industry Catching Up on 3G?
Although the United States has long trailed behind Europe and Japan in deploying third-generation wireless technology, its strength in content development is making it a fertile market, said attendees at the CTIA Wireless show.SAN FRANCISCOWireless software developers and content producers attending the CTIA Wireless show here say the United States is on the verge of catching up with Europe and Japan in the deployment of the latest wireless technology and content. The United States has long been characterized as working in the shadows of its counterparts in Europe and Japan in terms of deploying advanced 3G (third-generation) wireless technology. But this image is steadily fading as competing wireless carriers compete to offer the most advanced and fastest 3G wireless voice and data networks with sophisticated content. Benjamin Hautefeuille, project manager at Burlingame, Calif.-based Victoire Inc., said he thinks U.S. wireless use and development will rapidly catch up with Europe and Japan because it is already the center of multimedia content development.
"I think they are catching up because all the content development, such as games, is here in the U.S.; its not elsewhere," said Hautefeuille, a native of France. He added that "the Americans are the biggest consumers of entertainment of all," which makes the United States a fertile market for wireless multimedia.