Will any visionary carriers please step forward?

by Jim Van Meggelen

The more I think about it, the more frustrated I find it that our mobile, telecom, and data networks just can't seem to integrate with each other. On the one hand I understand that the incumbents don't want to upset the status quo, but is this really the best we can do?

6 Comments

Rob
2006-11-04 19:36:20
I agree the Cell phone world is far to closed


and wifi phones will start to take a big chunk of their revenues
before they come around at all saddly this is far far off

peter
2006-11-05 23:50:48
Lots of these things will happen if anyone can make money with that. Features are nice, but if a company doesn't see the return (which I know is not that easy to quantify) they won't invest in new stuff until the old one is working. Until that point, all these new technologies are just toys...
JJ
2006-11-06 00:46:13
Where are you based?


All of the applications you describe are available here in the UK.

mechanix
2006-11-06 07:39:55
yes, i agree with peter (commented above)
the main concern about new technologies for carriers is business - there is no need to implement something new until old stuff is working and people are buying old service
Carla Schroder
2006-11-09 09:57:43
pf, let's start by demolishing any notions that big companies are run by smart people who care about producing great products and having happy customers. Our everyday experiences shoot that down in a big ball of flames. Responsibility and authority are rarely linked in sensible ways, bureaucracy strangles the smart people with good ideas, and it all becomes a game of gaining personal advantage. Big business is little more than adult daycare.
Tim Panton
2006-11-25 12:47:48
Actually you can get _very_ close to this today, providing you are prepared to
use a laptop and softphone to talk and you use Asterisk as your 'corporate' PBX.


VoIP works pretty well over 3G, so you aren't dependent on wifi availability, I use my cellphone
as a bluetooth modem more often than as a phone.


The trick is to just use the carriers as IP providers.