Carl Ford : 4G Wireless Evolution
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The Smartphone OS Market

March 26, 2009

Storm is lagging behind Bold in the RIM world. It maybe the navigation issues are still problematic.

The Soft Truth about the Hardware.

March 18, 2009

When ever I talk to application developers about communications solutions the discussion about the web versus the phone developers is emphasized.  Millions of Web developers compared to a few thousands of phone specific developers.   The point being that of course the innovation is with the web.
If you look under the hood the chips inside for the web are the same on your PC. If the developers start on a PC Chip, it's kind of logical to expect that devices built on PC Chips have a head start.

It also means a shift in the way to look at innovation.  For example, if you have a new codec developed in software that you built on a pc Chip and the cost to go to market, start a trial are incremental if the devices are also pc chips.

Ultimately, innovation then is not about the store, it's just about the Internet

Is it Smart to call it a SmartPhone?

March 17, 2009

The New York Times this week had a great article about the computer chip manufacturers coming into the telecom industry.  The article had lots of good references but I think it missed the major part of the story.  Phones, even smart phones, are carrier specific controlled solutions.  Even in the GSM world the carriers have a tendency to put a customization on their phones.
In the computing industry, the consumer actually has less selection than in the phone industry.  However in the phone industry you end up obligated for a while.
The real story with the iPhone is the standardization of single device that is resold by the service providers without the customization.  This is more important as we evolve to the wireless broadband. 
As the ability to provide applications in the cloud of networks, the device that internetworks is going to be the story. 
So why call this a smartphone? 
Candidly, on the phone side, David Isenberg's dumb network is being matched like for like.  The features of so called smart phones are not the phone side.
Mobile Internet Devices is a term that does not seem to have captured the public vision, but netbooks is a term that has caught on.
To my consumer (untrained eye), a netbook is a retro laptop that gives me the access I want.  The price point is under many of the smartphones and if it had a data plan with it, I would be happy.
Maybe we should be looking to blend the terms.  Netphones, perhaps.
I like this as a generic term since it does not give me the false expectation that the phone is smart.  It also speaks to where we should expect the innovation to occur the blending of the net with the phone.
It also helps put the emphasis on what a network operator should be concentrating on enabling the broadband and blending the web.
It also changes the expectation of the device, since its no longer about the subtlety of a carrier's specifications, but a manufacturer's standardization.
This is also changes the game for manufacturing.  A well known cell phone manufacturer makes over 3,000 types of cellphones. 
I don't believe this is netphone future.  All the peripheral casings you see at kiosk's may have a life, but consumers choices will be based more on their own taste, then the carrier's projection of their choice.

What is Single Carrier all about?

March 13, 2009

One of the next major standard strategies for 3GPP is LTE Advanced. In Release 8 we have SC. Today I am at our friend Dr. Hyung Myungs's Workshop at NYU Poly about Single Carrier - Frequency Division Muliple Access [SC-FDMA]. 

I still have to ask? What is the mission?

Evolution of Cellular

February 2, 2009

Brough is doing a great job giving the history of the industry move to 3G.

Like Darwin's natural selection, the market is the place where natural selection occurs.

There are lots of standards that have been in play over the years.  And LTE represents the strategy for the carrier market.

But is the carrier market the only market?

Interesting point about markets for video and SMS.

SMS was not planned for but as the profits rolled in the adoption became universal.  MMS does not come automatically configured which means that only 40% of the capable phones have been configured.

On the video side, the story turns out to be about shared video.  The market does not want video call, they want to comment via voice about some shared visual.  "Look at this" as opposed to "look at me".

Nice side crowd

Revolt: IMS: Making Room for the Evolution

February 1, 2009

Pareto Principle: Alvarion does not need Nortel

January 31, 2009

The Emphasis on the Wrong Syllable Bankrupt Nortel sheds WiMAX

January 29, 2009

I don't think this would be a sign of WiMAX's apocalypse. I instead see this as a prudent move on Nortel's part to emphasis the pieces of the solutions they own.

4GWE Speaker Bios

January 29, 2009

Anatoli Levine

Director of Product Management - Americas



Mr. Levine is currently Director of Product Management - Americas at RADVISION.

Day 3: The Application Imperative

January 28, 2009

Day 3:  The Applications Imperative

I have heard it said that the message is the media!  So it's fitting that we will look into the importance of video to kick off the final day of the 4GWE Conference.  "TV Dichotomy, Over the Top Versus on the Internet" will be moderated by Eric Burger and will feature Anatoli Levine from Radvision and Jim Machi from Dialogic. This session will explore the question "does communication and entertainment join each other over the top, in the IP stream and into your device, or do they stay separated in delivery".  This will be an interesting discussion.

Of course, the delivery of these 4G applications can be done via the end points or through application delivery systems.  Bill Kelly of TelcoBridges, Joe Mele of Dialogic and Girish Pathak of ITE Services will be talking about how platforms and the 2.0 applications blend together in a 4G World in the session titled "How do you deliver Wireless Applications in a 4G World" This session will explore the Service Delivery Creation environments that a service provider will have to support in order to deliver and support 4G applications

If applications are going to be so numerous, will specialized devices become the norm?   Like a tool belt to a carpenter will 4G wireless connectivity be everywhere and everything?   Will "any to any" finally be an accurate portrayal of what devices we will use? .  Or will Mobile Internet Devices be chameleon devices that will adapt to the application that is running?  Clearwire's Shawn Molodow Patrick Scannell will be showing us the viral opportunity when the Wireless Broaband becomes part of our day-to-day lives. This session is titled "The Road Ahead for Device Design".

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