It is No Trick - There is a Spectrum Crisis
Yes, I’m the cybersecurity guy, but I’m also an engineer by trade, a Bell Labs alumnus and a patent holder who has worked on wireless for most of my career. Based on my education, training and technical experience in designing and deploying wireless technology for more than 25 years, and with the understanding of how the networks work and the anticipated wireless usage, I know more spectrum is needed. If we do not meet the wireless industry’s need for spectrum, there will be a crisis in relatively short order. Even though I’m the “newest” kid to the CTIA block, I find it baffling that some continue to question the spectrum crisis, especially as we see the penetration of smartphones and tablets escalate, the advent of machine-to-machine, not to mention cybersecurity solutions for consumers. How can one ignore the fact that smartphones have eclipsed personal computers? There is no question that Americans are using their wireless devices more – from apps to over-the-top providers to surfing the Internet – all of this takes more spectrum! Other parts of the world such as Europe and Hong Kong - and organizations like the ITU (that called for 1,300 MHz by 2015 - meaning the U.S. would need an additional 800 MHz of spectrum to meet the demand) - recognize the fact that more spectrum is needed as the global population of over 6 billion wireless users continues to consume more and more spectrum resources. Today, the U.S. leads the world in the deployment of 4G/LTE. Without more spectrum that leadership is put at risk, as are the economic and social benefits that we all enjoy from the wireless industry. Here are a few of those expert organizations' projections:
- IDC: More mobile Internet users than wireline users in the U.S. by 2015
- Nokia Siemens Networks, Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson and Telefonica Spain: Mobile broadband usage is skyrocketing
- Forrester: Mobile Internet users will soon surpass PC Internet users globally
- Business Insider: The future of mobile
- Gartner: Worldwide mobile connections will reach 5.6 billion in 2011 as mobile data services revenue totals $314.7 billion
- Cisco Virtual Networking Index Forecast Projects 18-Fold Growth in Global Mobile Internet Data Traffic From 2011 to 2016
- The wireless carriers are a business. If there was a practical technology that would solve the spectrum crisis without making them pay BILLIONS at auction, trust me, they would absolutely use it. At the end of the day though, there aren’t enough band aid solutions; there has to be a big investment in spectrum at auction.
- Currently, there is NO practical technology that could handle the significant anticipated usage growth, except more spectrum. Again, there are small incremental changes that can be implemented (and are being used on networks across the country), but nothing replaces more spectrum.