Sunday, May 20, 2007

W-fi poses threat to 3G in UK

This is a strange world. You never know when friends or strangers becomes competitors.

Otherwise, who would have ever thought that Wi-fi, a service for localized mobile computing, will become threat to the big 3G networks, which are essentially meant for high speed data transfer to mobile devices. Both the domains were very different.

"3G is third-generation technology in the context of mobile phone standards. The services associated with 3G include wide-area wireless voice telephony, and broadband wireless data, all in a mobile environment

Wi-Fi, a popular acronym for wireless fidelity, generically describe the wireless interface of mobile computing devices, such as laptops in LANs. Wi-Fi is now increasingly used for more services, including Internet and VoIP phone access, gaming, and basic connectivity of consumer electronics such as televisions, DVD players, and digital cameras. "

(Source: Wikipedia)

But the market forces have brought them face-to-face. BBC reports how Wi-fi signals are posing a big change for cellphones in UK. Another thing, which came to my mind was the astonishingly delay in telecom development in my native country, India. They had 3G and Wi-fi applications way back in 2000, while India is still struggling to provide them to masses.

But India is catching up, no doubt.

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