Network Speeds Behind the Curve
Wireless network speeds in the US fall short and wireless carriers need to get ahead of the curve – all services are moving to mobile and Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile need to start to produce a product that is competitive with what many other countries offer or new legislation needs to be passed to open the market to new competition and new players in the wireless area need to take their shot at building a better wireless service.
Blazing Network Speeds
The United States has some of the largest wireless companies in the world but lags behind many countries when it comes to wireless network speeds and features. Granted the foundation of the telephone network in America is also much older than many out there. The only was to get blazing wireless speeds in the US is if the cell tower catches fire.
The issue though is not so much with the backbone and back-hauls between fiber, bounded-copper and other solutions backbone speeds and bandwidth are favorable. The issue lies with the edge technologies and point-to-point cellular hand-offs and the electricity needed to power all the cell towers across the nation.
Global Speed test
Google recently measured desktop and mobile speeds around the world, see more here: Google web speed tests The United States did not crack the top 10 and were beat out by such technological powerhouses as Estonia and the Slovak Republic.
Top 10 in Mobile Speeds (in seconds)
South Korea (4.8)
Hong Kong (5.9)
Czech Republic (6.3)
Slovak Republic (7.6)
FaceTime Grows Up
Only about 3 years or so behind the curve, Apple is finally going to lift the restriction on FaceTime and allow it to work over cellular networks and not be tethered to a Wi-Fi connection – better late than never? See more here: FaceTime finally availible on cell networks
Many wireless users want to be able to play games, stream video and use FaceTime or Skype on demand, don’t want their network speeds throttled and do not want to get gouged for such services especially when the see that they can get an unlimited plan from a secondary carrier piggybacking on another carriers network for half the price of the larger carriers.
Perhaps, the femtocell technology can improve network speeds and features but given the large legacy expenses of the major US wireless providers It would seem that a smaller or upstart carrier might have a better chance at building out a femtocell network and a business model that can compete with networks speeds found around the world.
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