Ten years on from when the wireless industry was skinned of £23 billion in the UK 3G licence auction, you tend to wonder whether the industry would have been better off boycotting the event.
After all, here in 2010, are you happy to get an average 500Kbits per second – rising to 1Mbps if you’re lucky?
Many would say Yes knowing the spottiness of the 3G coverage in the UK, and the paltry speeds of its GPRS standard back-up.
But now, according to Will Strauss of Forward Concepts, evolved Edge, or eEdge, can deliver that 500Kbps rising to 1Mbps for the lucky ones.
And anyone with a GSM license in 2000 would not have needed a 3G licence to deliver the GSM enhancement technology eEdge.
And all it would require for delivering it would be a software update at the basestations.
If they’d sat on their hands in 2000, just think of the money they’d have saved.
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