Broadband, 4G Opening the Network Fast Lane to Consumers, Enterprises
SPECIAL REPORT: While some U.S. enterprises and consumers benefit from high-speed networks, wireless broadband must be truly pervasive nationwide to give equal access to all.It was only a generation ago that an AT&T Bell System monopoly—which had stifled telecommunication innovation for 40 years because it set the standards and brooked no competition—stymied development in telecommunications. It held that monopoly until it was broken by MCI Communications in the 1970s. Then came the historic antitrust litigation that eventually led to AT&T being broken up into "Baby Bells" in 1982, it was only then that the telecommunications industry was able to start innovating again. The result led to mobile phones within five years and to the Internet within a decade. The pace of innovation in the telecom business took off back then, and it hasn’t slowed. Today, three basic trends in wireless communications based on new developments in bandwidth, software, services and mobile devices are allowing users to gain hefty improvements in performance. 1. High-speed, gigabit broadband is on track to become as ubiquitous as the mobile devices that access it 24/7 all around the world. Sources tell eWEEK that five years from now, it will be commonplace.
2. 4G LTE connectivity, while sometimes downplayed by some wireless service providers who aren't in the Long Term Evolution (LTE) game, is available and delivering its promised performance. This connectivity will make a substantial difference in service levels in the future.