20 Sep Cell Phone Broadband-Not Just For Cell Phones Anymore!
Today I had the pleasure of experiencing a new twist on an established wireless product in the business segment. Recently, Sprint wireless announced agreements to sell a Linksys WIFI router. Big deal, you might say, but in reality it is. What this router can accomplish is integration with their EV-DO high speed cell network by being able to plug a wireless data card that Sprint currently sells into it. So what does this mean? Basically, it allows you to bypass paying a DSL, cable modem or fractional T1 for your business' data connectivity. This is a great solution for companies that need connectivity right away and can not wait for a service provider to install service and it is also great as a backup, redundant link as well. Rev A, their newest protocol is promising download of 2.4Mbit / s to 3.1Mbit / s and a new uplink around 1.8Mbit / s. This is a very affordable and convenient solution for any small business or for a branch / satellite office that requires low cost, fast deployment and reasonable data speeds.
I find it very interesting that cell phone carriers will not be just for cell phones any more. This is a step in the direction of offering new and competitive last mile solutions to compete with the Baby Bells such as Verizon, Qwest, Bell South and SBC Communications. It probably will not completely replace landline service, but it does give an attractive alternative.
In conclusion, this is the beginning of a new dawn in the continuing evolution of data connectivity and the Internet, enjoy the ride!
By Joe Diviak