Ruminations on the electronics industry from David Manners, Senior Components Editor on Electronics Weekly.
Xg ‘fastest wireless roll-out in US history’
Xg Technology, the controversial Florida wirless company with a potentially revolutionary technology, plans a massive commercial roll-out starting in a couple of months.
After complaining about the elusiveness of Xg Technology’s execs and the lack of transparency about its technology, I get a call from the boss Rick Mooers. He has a good point to make. If Xg says how its technology works then everyone and his dog will copy it. A wireless technology operating in unlicensed spectrum with low power and a 1,000 mile range from a single base station costing $50,000 is going to be ripped off. No doubt about it. Fighting to defend patent protection against big companies would be costly and time-consuming. So what’s the option? “We can’t prove it, we can only do it”, says Mooers, promising that, next year, Xg will perform the “fastest wireless roll-out in US history” when it installs its technology in 130 communities in the US starting in February 2007. One can only hope Xg succeeds for one reason particularly. For decades now the communications industry has needed to be democtratised. Conventional broadcasters, cable companies and telecommunication operators have far too much political clout which they use to impose costs on consumers. An inexpensive technology which can provide data-based digital services outside the control of the authorities is exactly what the planet needs.Tags: execs, inexpensive technology, patent protection, political clout, transparency