Full Spectrum: public Wi-Fi mobile saviour?

Full Spectrum: public Wi-Fi mobile saviour?

Summary: As our 3G mobile networks begin to struggle under customer demand for data, will public Wi-Fi be the saviour?

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As our 3G mobile networks begin to struggle under customer demand for data, will public Wi-Fi be the saviour?

Telstra's chief technology officer Dr Hugh Bradlow doesn't think so.

He told the Communications Alliance's Broadband and Beyond conference earlier this week that we'll likely see 10 times more base stations across the country, and a mix of technology deployed across the networks, trying to get latency down to ensure that customers are getting decent download speeds.

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  • Don't forget that nobody has quite worked out how to switch a phone call from Cell based stations to WiFi either. It's been talked about for years, but nobody seems to have a real solution for it.
    gr1f
  • True, but the problem is they are using the W-CDMA circuit switch which wont be available once LTE is up and running which will provide a path for handover from WI-FI to LTE/HSPA technology. which uses packet switch or IP based routing.
    SW_Victoria
  • I don't know why this is even a news piece.
    Indonesia has 200 million users.
    USA has 190 million users.
    China has 300 million users.
    Australia has...15 million.
    Making a mountain out of a mole hill.
    Yes.
    cootified