What do you think about the "cloudification" of mobile?
mark at tinka.africa
Wed Jan 26 01:10:10 UTC 2022
On 1/25/22 20:06, Michael Thomas wrote:
> That's what I've been trying to figure out as well. The use case of
> seamless handoff across large regions is fairly niche imo. Sure that
> was the original motivation for cell phones, but smartphones are about
> as statically located as laptops and nobody is rushing to get their
> laptops seamless handoff capabilites. That handoff capability comes at
> a tremendous cost in both spectrum and coverage.
> Since everybody has their own wifi it seems that federating all of
> them for pretty good coverage by a provider and charging a nominal fee
> to manage it would suit a lot of people needs. It doesn't need
> expensive spectrum and the real estate is "free". Basically a
> federation of "guestnets".
Yes - WiFi Offload is more attractive to MNO's than building out more
base stations, I believe. The problem is that it's easier if they could
do this without also having to roll out a large scale wi-fi network,
So they have to focus on one, and I've tended to find wi-fi deployments
by MNO's take more of a back seat, as it's about reaching as many
customers as possible, even at the lowest common denominator of performance.
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