Rich’s Blog: Why are you excited about the 700 MHz Auction?

As you know I have been blogging about the 700 mhz auction for quite a long time … and now that the auction is FINALLY underway here is a great explenation as to why everyone should be equally excited:


Why are all these companies so excited? Because the 60 MHz of spectrum that’s about to be auctioned is the last prime real estate for mobile communications that will be available in the U.S. for decades to come. And it lies in the 700-MHz band substantially below the 800- to 850-MHz and 1900-MHz frequencies already used for U.S. mobile phones. In this case lower is better since 700-MHz signals propagate better, spreading farther and penetrating buildings more easily than higher frequencies. This greater range means that each 700-MHz cellular antenna can service a larger footprint, which means fewer cells (those interlocking service areas that a “cellular” network is made up of) will be required overall. That should, theoretically, make it cheaper—$5 billion cheaper according to some estimates—to build a national wireless network.

Lowcost nationwide wireless network finally.

Forrester Research says 3-D Internet will vastly improve collaboration and corporate training – will soon be as important as Web to companies

Research by Forester Research – Reported by Computer World

The “Getting Work Done in Virtual Worlds” report released by the IT research firm this week concludes that executives should begin investigating and experimenting with virtual worlds soon because of their promise for remote collaboration, training and the ability to build and share 3-D models.

The report said that today’s collaboration tools offer far more limited benefits to companies. For example, the inability to see the gestures of fellow meeting goers causes problems for attendees in different offices, the report noted.

In a virtual world, people can have their name, job title and business unit associated with an avatar that can attend meetings and have access to virtual buildings, rooms, equipment and people, Forrester said. The avatar is controlled by information in an enterprise directory and access control system, it said.

Read all of the analysis here:

Computer World