Quick Note: Vodafone CEO Says Only "Technofreaks" Want 4G
February 8, 2013 2:57 PM
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He said normal, everyday people wouldn't notice a difference between 3G and 4G
Vodafone's CEO referred to 4G connectivity as a feature that only "technofreaks" are worried about.
Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao discussed how UK digital communications company EE's 4G network has impacted
Vodafone's business in the UK
during a media conference call earlier this week.
According to Colao, customers wouldn't notice a difference between 3G data speeds using HSPA+ and 4G network speeds -- hence, 4G isn't a necessary network feature.
“I haven’t seen any figures but when I visited an EE store to see how fast it was all I saw was technofreaks in there," said Colao. "I haven’t heard any calls from friends, colleagues of businesses that we need this fast internet. With the increase in data speeds of HSPA+ (a faster version of 3G), an early LTE network won’t be much different.”
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RE: Cartel economics
2/11/2013 3:31:22 PM
For radio transition you are dead wrong. It is quite limited in what is available, and changing standards is very difficult due to the sheer number of devices that use the old standards which simply interfere with new and better standards. But others have covered that much better than I can.
For wired you are also quite wrong. It costs a boat load of money to implement a network, and so companies go eyeballs into debt laying out the initial network and plan on it remaining largely the same for 10-15 years, most of that time is spent paying off the debt to implement the system before they become truly profitable. The problem in my area (and most areas) is that internet usage increased far faster than they ever expected back in the late '90s and early '00s when the last major network changes went into place. Because of this they have had to redo large sections of the network prematurely, which then heaps on more debt, and delays the point where they can afford to make sweeping network-wide changes that support higher bandwidth for everyone.
However, even though I understand this, I am still a little upset that I have to pay $45/mo for internet. Over 5 years my computer is ~5x faster for a machine that cost roughly the same amount of money. Meanwhile over that same period of time I have paid $45/mo for the same 20Mbps service. Surely by now I would be able to pay something like $25-30/mo for that same 20Mbps service, or at least be able to get faster service at the same price point!
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