Wireless carriers struggle with spectrum shortage2011-04-25 12:20 by Daniela
Tags: Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon
A great range of devices have been provided with wireless capability recently. Starting from the lock button on your car keys to the smartphone in your pocket.
However, all these need the electromagnetic waves to work properly. And those invisible signals are worth tens of billions of dollars to companies such as AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless.
The need for additional spectrum was mentioned as one of the main reasons for AT&T's proposal to buy the rival Bellevue-based T-Mobile USA Inc, at the price of $39 billion. "There's just going to be a constant need for additional spectrum," AT&T Chairman and Chief Executive Randall Stephenson said during a presentation after the deal was announced.
The network equipment manifacturer Cisco Systems Inc. claims that mobile data traffic last year was three times the amount of all data transmitted on the Internet in 2000.
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