WiFi is not new and providing WiFi to a city is not new. What is new and worth noodling on is the fact Cablevision will soon have a WiFi network in New York City — well over the next few years really.
The network will be voice-ready — supporting WiFi telephony/VoWLAN and speeds could reach 1.5 Mbps.
Over the decades, Ethernet technology has always evolved to kill the competition. Although LTE and WiMax will be viable options, one wonders what would happen if WiFi continues to evolve — like Ethernet to eventually cover more and more areas of the world.
Of course this scenario seems unlikely based on the fact that most companies haven’t figured out how to make money in the WiFi ISP space. Still, it will be worth watching to see how this all plays out.
After all, I still don’t have a WiMax or LTE radio in my cell phone or laptop.
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