Sizing Up GPRS
Opinion: GPRS in the U.S.? A few lessons can be learned from Europe.Youre thinking of investing in a mass-market GPRS data project? Let me show you an old sepia-tint photograph. The photograph isnt of an early portable phone. Its of a street in North Londonactually, the street where my wife grew up. It shows Crouch End Broadway, if you really want to look it up. There is a car driving along the road, and a few people walking across the street. Selling a GPRS data system in America is as tempting as selling an autocar to the people in that photograph. What can possibly go wrong? You can park wherever you like. There are no street lightswhat for? Theres no conflict between streams of traffic. It looks like a motorist would be in heaven. Go on, buy an automobile!
So, of course, people did. The same street is now marked with parking prohibitions, aluminum fencing to keep pedestrians off the dangerous traffic zone, and more red, amber and green lights than Londons famous Oxford Street has for its holiday decorations; and it is absolutely solid with frustrated motorists driving at 5 miles per hour.