Saturday, June 18, 2011

Motorola CEO, FCC agree: Wireline is for premises Internet connectivity, wireless for mobile access

With telco wireless providers rolling out 4G service, some have raised hopes that it has the bandwidth to rival facilities-based customer premises wireline infrastructure to deliver the full spectrum of Internet service.

Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha dismisses that notion as unrealistic. Wireline will continue to be the optimum method of providing Internet connectivity and high bandwidth video content for “a long time to come,” Jha was quoted as saying this week by The Wall Street Journal.

Jha added that wireless spectrum in the U.S. remains “very limited,” and wireless providers will continue to be the primary supplier of Internet access to consumers outside their home.

Jha's perspective on the respective roles of wireline and wireless is shared by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. In a May 20, 2011 report to Congress on the availability of advanced telecommunications capability as mandated by the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the Commission rejected arguments by some mobile wireless providers claiming they can provide sufficient bandwidth to substitute for wireline service.

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