Sierra Wireless SmartPhone to Debut at ITU Telecom Show
Why would tiny Sierra Wireless release a GSM smartphone now? Wireless Topic Center Editor Guy Kewney searches for answers and previews the upcoming ITU Telecom World Show.It really isnt every day you see a brand-new entrant into the GSM phone business; but Sierra Wireless is off to the ITU Telecom World show in Geneva, Switzerland this week with a Microsoft Smartphone. In a year when all the established phone makers are preparing to get to grips with 3G and beyond - what can have possessed this minnow to jump into the piranha-infested GSM waters? Its not as if the GSM business is open. Theres a secret cabal of patent Holders all of whom did deals with each other to swap intellectual property when the GSM standard was set up. You cant just get that IP, you have to pay for it. The only loophole: using your own IP in trade. But Sierra Wireless really doesnt have any of its own basic phone patents. Meanwhile, the opportunity for growth must be in the higher-speed 3G data networks, instead of boring old GSM, right?
Talk to a company like Flarion who sells a wireless IP access system and youll get a vision of a near-term future where people routinely access the Internet at normal broadband speeds, but from next-generation mobile devices. Not "data on the pause" as BTs Pierre Danon dubbed WiFi hotspots last year, but "data on the move" even in high speed trains and cars.