Wireless Broadband A Threat To 3G

Another good report from ARCChart Research today, this time discussing how 3G data is being threatened from all sides: 2.5G for voice efficiency, WiFi for local data, and Broadband Wireless for wide-area data. The ARC report focuses on Broadband Wireless threats from IPWireless, Flarion, and Navini, and discusses how these three solutions have an advantage in cost, availability, and performance. WiMAX is rightly sidelined as an “on paper only” technology (too many people discuss it as if it were already available). The article concludes by wondering if 3G can survive the onslaught. We think perhaps there is room for all these technologies (the US alone seems to have a penchant for supporting at least 4 different standards), but only time will tell.

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