My Thoughts on Technology and Jamaica: Digicel and WiMax 4G Mobile - The Three Musketeers

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Digicel and WiMax 4G Mobile - The Three Musketeers

Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man

Francis Bacon, Essays: Of Studies

On Guard!!

On this Marcus Mosiah Garvey’s 132nd birthday, everything seems to be not so ok for the Local Telecom Providers in Jamaica. In my previous blog articles, I have established that not only is our local hero and giveaway meister Telecom Provider Digicel screwed, but so are the rest of the Telecom Providers, namely the remainder of the Gang of Three in the guise of Telecom Provider CLARO, Telecom Provider Digicel and Telecom Provider LIME.

Already Netbooks are now gathering dust in Telecom Provider CLARO’s stores, the eventual fate of Telecom Provider Digicel and their newly minted WiMax 4G Mobile (IEEE 802.16d) and Telecom Provider LIME and any plans they have to sell Netbooks, laptops and modems in light of the presence of Municipal Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11n) Network. 

The fact that they need to build jointly their own Municipal Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11n) Network should be clear, with MNP (Mobile Number Portability) which they should have voluntarily implemented, now a necessity, as in order to jointly build out and share cost and access to a Municipal Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11n) Network, they will have to implement MNP.

Ditto to the introduction of smart phones to other countries, such as the UK……..if the Telecom Provider does not provide free Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11n), people will use the absence of free Municipal Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11n) Network from Telecom Providers to create a business based on the prevalence Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11n) installed in mobile smart phones, as is now the case in Jamaica with Dekal Wireless, a Municipal Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11n) Network.

To the Big Three Telecom Providers, touché.

Otherwise, Telecom Provider Digicel and Telecom Provider LIME will have to abandon their plans to introduce smart phones with built in 3G and WiMax 4G Mobile (IEEE 802.16d), as smart phone and lower priced versions of the aforementioned devices are coming with Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11n), WiGIG and Wi-Fi Direct built in, thanks to the so-called Apple iPad and Amazon Kindle Effect.

Worse, Telecom Provider Digicel cannot request phones without Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11n) or even attempt to disable it in software, otherwise they will end up looking “silly” due to their lack of proper research, as my deceased girlfriend Audia Granston, a Seventh Day Adventist would rationalize.

Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11n) is now in every consumer electronic device and “jailbreaking” is not only legal in the USA as stated in the article “What the iiPhone Jailbreaking rules Mean FAQ”, published Tuesday 27 July 2010 by Erica Ogg and Declan McCullagh, Technology Writer, Yahoo! News.

This is further elucidate in the article “On Call: Go ahead an jailbreak, its legal now”, published July 27, 2010 2:20 PM PDT by Kent German, CNET News - Dialed In, but knowledge of the process is easily accessible via various websites and availed to any Jamaican Techie with an interest – or an axe to grind against the Big Three Telecom Providers.

Touché again!!

Telecom Provider AT&T is thus a pioneer in Wireless Data, by using up their extra unused bandwidth and providing “free” Municipal Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11n) Network, the “free” in quotes, as it is already paid for in your package.

This “free” Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11n) Network serves the purpose of diverting traffic to ease congestion on Telecom Provider AT&T overstressed 3G Network as stated in the article “AT&T expands free Wi-Fi hot zone trial”, published July 26, 2010 12:14 PM PDT by Marguerite Reardon, CNET News - Signal Strength.

Telecom Providers are upgrading their copper based T1 backhaul facility to fiber optic and microwave as stated in the article “Wireless operators accelerate upgrade plans”, published January 26, 2010 4:00 AM PST by Marguerite Reardon, CNET News - Signal Strength.

The same concept can be used by our local Telecom Providers, except as a means of providing “free” coverage to loyal customers of any of the Big Three (3) Telecom Providers, Telecom Provider Digicel, Telecom Provider CLARO or Telecom Provider LIME and would also serve a similar purpose of absorbing heavy traffic loads, as sure as rain to come as the adoption of touch screen smart phones.

These smartphones are outfitted with crack and touch resistant Gorilla Glass from the inventors of the fiber optic cable, Corning as stated in the article “1962 glass could be Corning's next bonanza seller”, published Sunday August 1, 2:14 pm ET By BEN DOBBIN, AP Business Writer, Yahoo! News .

There is also an Apple iPhone 4.0 Effect that seems to have gone unnoticed, as it is now even affecting the freshly minted RIM Blackberry 9800 Torch, which has now dropped in price from US$199 on a two (2) year contract on Telecom Provider AT&T to almost US$99 on a two (2) year contract as stated in the article “RIM looks to make a splash with $199 touchscreen BlackBerry Torch”, published Tuesday August 3 2010 by Ben Patterson, Technology Writer, Yahoo! News

This was confirmed by the article “RIM unveils new BlackBerry to counter iPhone”, published Tuesday August 3 2010 by Sinead Carew, Associated Press, Yahoo! News, based on a reliable friend of mine who is an “aficionado” of all things Blackberry.

This is a frightening reminder of how fickle the telecom equipment market is in the United States of America, with customers whose tastes and predilections are as mysterious as the wind, as such a price drop for a just launched phones is shocking and may signal a trend for mobile phones that are not up to the standard of the Apple iPhone 4.0. 

Most people were skeptical if these new offerings will make a dent in a market now going nuts over the Apple iPhone 4.0, the HTC Droid Incredible and the Motorola Droid X, both Apple iPhone killers, evident from its growing popularity based on news of component shortage as stated in the article “The summer of the smart phone shortage”, published July 13, 2010 4:00 AM PDT by Marguerite Reardon, CNET News - Signal Strength. Again this is confirmed by the article “HTC Evo 4G, Incredible Shortages Make Room for Droid X”, published Monday July 12 2010 by Jared Newman, Yahoo! News.

It seems that their suspicions were true indeed. I cannot wait until September 2010 when CEO Steve Jobs is expected to announce the new fall lineup of such devices as the Apple iPod, Apple iPod Nano, Apple iPod Shuffle and the son the Apple iPod Touch……….as the Summer of 2010 is fast fading and just got boring again………

Touché tres? 

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