WIFI Annoys Me
most WIFI is useless.
However, my university residence (500 people, across a whole street in north london) installed wifi over Christmas, so we all now have internet. And the WIFI is linked via satellite to the rest of the campuses across london (because the University is in london, it's impossible to have us all on one site, so he have 3 teaching campuses and 9 halls of residence).
Works like a charm. But then there's no real shortage of money in London...
WIMAX is a great idea.
This is the technology for a big corporation so they do not have to run wires to all the desk. It creates a big footprint.
The techonolgy in the world so they do not have to run telephone wires is now Cell Phones, I do not think the world is even running telephone lines anymore, they have given up completely on that idea.
WIFI and WYMAX I can see having a future, but only as again a LAN - A Local Area Network a network of a group of people working together in a large corporation like Oracle, General Motor, or for sure a University.
The spread of Internet being served over a cell phone is amazingly fast, in the next two years everyone who has a cell phone will be able to have internet.
The smart money is to bet on GPRS - EDGE or some way to use the cell phone towers. Then eventually they will be replaced by satellites.
WIMAX, what are we going to do, enter into a service contract, every 15 miles apart.
Who pays is the question?
If the USA was smart, it would install WIFI Internet accross the USA and have it paid for by taxes. From an education of the people, it would guaranttee the USA is the controller of the most valauable commodity on earth, "Information" for the next 25 years.
The reason the USA is top now is because we do not have metered local service for telephone.
Who has the ability to distribute WIMAX or Internet to a whole country. The answer is on the cell phone companies or the telephone companies.
google won a contract a while back to provide free low-speed wifi to the whole of San Francisco, and high-speed wifi availible to people who pay $20 a month...
Some people have touted this as a trial-run before going state-wide and eventually national.
A global (land) wifi network would be extremely costly to install, but a very good idea. I wonder if Google plans to use the local cell towers...
original The Register article