Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Beyond the Web.

Infrastructure build-up is a precursor to a major technological expansion. The construction of the cloud and proliferation of high-performance networking shows that we are moving beyond the web, as it was envisioned by Tim Berners-Lee. (Also of note is the gradual abandonment of WiFi, a PC-based wide area networking technology).

Google has begun building its free high-speed network, which promises speeds of 1 gigabit per second for both downloads and uploads using fiber-optic lines to the home. "We believe the uplink capacity is the real game-changer here," Lo said. "We're going to light up our customers in the first half of next year."
Sprint's 4G LTE network would give the carrier a network on par with Verizon's, supplying the nation's third-largest carrier with an additional selling point beyond attractive pricing plans and an unlimited data offering. By employing LTE technology, it will be able to tap into a larger pool of vendors already racing to build 4G devices and equipment at a lower price. The additional network will also allow Sprint to offload some of its 3G data traffic onto 4G, relieving a growing burden.
The New York Metropolitan Transit Authority turned on wireless service in four subway stations in Manhattan Tuesday, marking the first time a straphanger could reliably use their cellphone while waiting for their train.
...the same capabilities have been available in other cities including San Francisco and Boston.

tags: infrastructure, distribution, s-curve, system, growth, mobile, evolution

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