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Un red WiFI en todo el territorio de USA

Bueno, el caso es que antes de ayer (no he podido mandar antes el artículo...) publicaba el NY Times que algunas de las empresas más importantes del mundillo de la informátca como Intel, IBM, AT&T Wireless o Verizon están en el ajo y planean dar acceso en un primer paso solo en "hot spots" o lugares de concentración de personas, como hoteles y aeropuertos. De momento no plantean darlo a hogares, pero todo llega.

Dentro de un tiempo veremos a Telefonica hacer lo mismo, porque no sé si os acordaréis de una reunión que tuvo Cesar Alierta con Bill Gates en Seattle, pero parece ser que el mandamás de Grupo Telefónica se trajo ciertas ideas bastante claras de allí, y al fin y al cabo el Puertas hace mucho que dijo que el 802.11b es el standard del futuro, cosa en la que estoy bastante de acuerdo (alguna vez lo he discutido con él, jejeje).

Lo que al final quiero lanzar como motivo de discusión, a parte de que Gates es un ***** y Telefonica una **** es como veis vosotros que afectará esto a UMTS (Unlimited Money To Spend, Dinero Ilimitado para Derrochar, juas juas) porque si sacan PDAs o PALMs a precio asequible y dan un buen acceso a Internet mediante 802.11b, ¿para qué sirve el UMTS?

Debajo podéis ver el artículo del NY Times completo -no he pedido permiso, ops-.

AN FRANCISCO, July 15 - Several leading computer and telecommunications companies are discussing the joint creation of a wireless data network that would make it possible for users of hand-held and portable computers to have access to the Internet at high speeds nationwide.

The Intel Corporation, I.B.M., AT&T Wireless and several other wireless and Internet service providers including Verizon Communications and Cingular are exploring the creation of a company to deploy a network based on the increasingly popular 802.11 wireless data standard, known as WiFi, according to several people close to the talks.

The discussions, which are code-named Project Rainbow and have been going on for the last eight months, envision a nationwide service that would provide on-the-go professionals and other Web surfers a unified way to reach the Internet from a wide range of "hot spots" like airports and other public places. It is not intended to supply broadband connections to customers' homes, an executive involved in the discussions said.

Intel has been a leading force in the project, according to several industry executives. The company, which established a communications division 18 months ago, has said publicly that it plans to make 802.11 a standard capability of all of its microprocessors offered for mobile computing beginning next January.

The company has also said that it will bring the wireless data standard to 20 million portable computers in 2003 and an additional 40 million portable and desktop computers the following year. In addition to Intel, I.B.M.'s Global Services Division, which is one of the leaders in the deployment of 802.11 wireless access points, would be involved in establishing the actual wireless access points and developing the technology to link the network together nationally.

Officials of Intel and I.B.M. refused to comment on the planned project, but an industry executive who is involved in it said the companies would decide in several months whether there is a workable business model.

There have already been a number of ad hoc efforts and several national start-ups trying to lash the hodgepodge of 802.11 networks together into a usable national network. Companies like Boingo Wireless and Joltage Networks are trying to sell services that would let a computer user sign up once and use wireless access points around the country.

But the companies involved in the talks anticipate a more ambitious effort based on building a new wireless communications infrastructure that would also tie in the nation's cellular carriers, offering a seamless transition from low-speed cellular data standards to 802.11.

"There are a lot of moving parts that need to be tied together," said Richard Miller, a wireless data industry consultant at Breo Ventures in Palo Alto, Calif. "The big issue in my mind is that will they have a nice smooth service that can hand over the customer from wide area to local area."

Such a service would require a nationwide mechanism that would support multiple data standards and could automate billing moving between high-speed and low-speed networks, he said.

Other longtime industry analysts warned that the challenge in such a wireless data service would be in getting all of the different aspects right from the consumer's perspective.

"I think it could jump-start the industry if all the components are in place," said Alan Reiter, publisher of Wireless Internet and Mobile Computing, a wireless data newsletter and consulting firm in Chevy Chase, Md. "That has been the problem with wireless: everything has to work well or consumers will reject it. You need the right pricing, the right devices and right locations."

The rapid emergence of the 802.11 standard has been a remarkable phenomenon that has so far been unplanned and moved forward largely without the backing of major corporate service providers. About 7 million wireless cards were sold last year, a number the technology market research firm IDC expects to grow to 25 million by 2005.

Part of the challenge is that 802.11 networks were not originally intended to be used in the way that the Project Rainbow discussions now envision. Originally the technology was conceived as a replacement for wired Ethernet office networks over ranges of several hundred feet.

The standard, however, has quickly gained a large following of small companies and hobbyists who have extended it to cover "hot spots" in urban neighborhoods.

The new wireless network would be welcomed by millions of computer users, but it might find a less enthusiastic audience among cellular carriers, who have been hoping that wireless data would be a crucial component in next-generation networks which are starting to be deployed.

It might also not be greeted warmly by current providers of high-speed D.S.L. and Internet cable data service, who are worried about competition in delivering data connections to homes and businesses.

There are also a number of industry executives and technical experts who say that the question of wireless data standards is still very much up for grabs.

For example, the Motorola Corporation has not been a major player in the 802.11 marketplace. In June the company introduced a competing wireless data technology called Canopy, which is intended to permit service providers a competitive way to transmit high-speed Internet data over ranges of up to 10,000 feet.

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  • Cerrado

    When live pigs fly!!

    This is a good joke!

    US doesn't have a serious mobile telephony infrastructure yet and we are talking about WI-Fi on the national teritory.They are 100 years behind Asia and Europe concerning cellular telephony.

    DSL technology is being killed by the regional/monopoly companies and is not available to anyone and you'll get it installed faster with Telefonica that with their ISP's.

    CLEC's are dropping like flies, service is horrible, local phone co's don't want you to contract DSL from the competition when they have the cooper that your DSL is supposed to run on.

    Do you think they will make the same mistake that they made with the T1 loops when DSL was born?

    Man! Most of the news coming out of USA is either bullshit or propaganda..

    "Excuses are tools of the incompetent, and those who specialize in them seldom go far."

  • Cerrado

    Una de antropología...

    Qué tiene que ver una cosa con la otra. Por qué haya motos se desbancan a las bicicletas o por qué haya coches se desbanca a las motos...

    Porque haya dos tecnolgias (dos soluciones) que se solapen, una no tiene por qué desbancar a la otra. De hecho, el 99% de las cosas que se engloban en el mundillo de la informática son redundates!! ADSL, Cable, 56Kbps, Wireless... Unix, Windows,...

    Unos prefieren unas y otros prefieren otras. Por mil motivos, no sólo el económico, no te engañes! Pero aquí nada desbanca a nada... Seguimos acumulando mierda. Adelantando un pie hacia el futuro y manteniendo el otro en el recuerdo del pasado... y mientras nos funcione no cambiaremos. Eso de "borron y cuenta nueva para empezar de 0" no nos lo aplicamos, como sociedad.

    ... si hay gente que aún utiliza el Spektrum.... o la máquina de escribir!!

    Desde luego parece que hayas estado fuera de este planeta desde lo de la rueda y el fuego...

    PD: Lo siento si me he ido por las ramas de la filosofía y la antropología.... Me siento inspirado!!! ...si quereis, sigo...

    • Cerrado

      En parte tienes razón, las dos tecnologías aunque se solapen…

      En parte tienes razón, las dos tecnologías aunque se solapen no tienen porque desbancarse, pero hay un motivo bastante sólido por el que las redes ip inalámbricas pueden desbancar al UMTS.

      Una de las claves es la telefonía IP de ordenador a ordenador. Una empresa puede basar toda su infraestructura (digamos por ejemplo un edificio) en una red wireless, mediante esta red tendría todo tipo de servicios y además solo tendría el gasto de montarla. Con el UMTS debería contratar los (caros) servicios de una compañia externa para que se ocupara de todo esto, además seguramente la empresa de UMTS se ocupará de la telefonía y poco más, internamente todo seguiría funcionando por los cables de siempre.

      De todos modos aun falta mucho por desarrollar, el estándar 802.11g (50 Mb/s) aun no ha llegado al wireless y de momento el ancho de banda se limita 10 Mb/s. Por otra parte las redes UMTS y 3G aun no están montadas y las antenas que necesitará este tipo de telefonía han demostrado ser bastante conflictivas.

      Más información en este articulo del New York Times, login: cipherpunk pass: cipherpunk

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        BocaDePez BocaDePez
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        Se te olvido comentar que el umts empezara a 256 kbytes/s con…

        Se te olvido comentar que el umts empezara a 256 kbytes/s con suerte, y llegara a los 2 megabits/s cuando lluevan ranas. Tambien se le paso a alguien comentar que el trafico en moviles se aplico al gprs y que por cojones lo van a poner al umts, por lo que los tan bonitos servicios de peliculas y no se que se van a ir a tomar por culo por lo menos al principio.

    • Cerrado

      Por favor, maestro Yoda: siga Ud. derramando sabiduría e…

      Por favor, maestro Yoda: siga Ud. derramando sabiduría e instruyendonos en el noble arte de los caballeros Jedi...

      (XDD)

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