Feeds

Vodafone CEO finds wireless too complicated

Why can't things be more simple like when I were a lad?

SANS - Survey on application security programs

Mobile World Congress Vodafone CEO Arun Sarin today called for wireless unity, saying it's now so complicated it would be better if everyone just stopped using different operating systems and network technologies.

In his keynote, he pointed out that we're currently using between 30 and 40 different operating systems on mobile phones, and if customers could just decide which ones they want and not buy any of the others, things would be much easier. If that won't work, then perhaps the GSM Association could issue some recommendations.

He's also unhappy that 4G is fragmenting into two incompatible technologies - WiMAX and LTE (Long Term Evolution) - and says it would be better for everyone if the two standards were merged into one.

The WiMAX Forum responded that it'd love to see a single standard, and would let operators decide that WiMAX is the superior technology: pointing out that its standard is at least finished and being deployed, as opposed to the still-under-development LTE.

The forum paraded three of its deploying networks at the congress today, only two of which had funding from Intel – the UK's Freedom4 (formerly Pipex Wireless) and KDDI's unnamed Japanese deployment both listed Intel as a shareholder, Sprint being the other exhibit. Intel is a fierce proponent of WiMAX - as holder of significant patents on the technology it stands to gain through its popularity.

WiMAX is also pushing itself as the ideal technology to deploy at 700MHz, in case you know any countries where that spectrum might be available.

LTE, meanwhile, is not standing still, with an announcement today that Alcatel-Lucent and NEC are to work together to create LTE infrastructure solutions. This deal is also about getting Alcatel-Lucent into Japan (where NEC has NTT DoCoMo as a customer) and NEC into America (where Alcatel-Lucent has been trialling LTE with Verizon), but working together can only create greater interoperability and should speed the development of stable LTE equipment.

Vodafone's CEO stopped short of asking for regulation to restrict choices, but pointed out that developing for different platforms and networks was a waste of resources.

But by that logic we should all just accept the inevitable and cast our desktop Macs into the ocean, for the sake of platform simplicity. ®

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

More from The Register

next story
Virgin Media so, so SORRY for turning spam fire-hose on its punters
Hundreds of emails flood inboxes thanks to gaffe
A black box for your SUITCASE: Now your lost luggage can phone home – quite literally
Breakfast in London, lunch in NYC, and your clothes in Peru
AT&T threatens to pull out of FCC wireless auctions over purchase limits
Company wants ability to buy more spectrum space in auction
Turnbull leaves Australia's broadband blackspots in the dark
New Statement of Expectations to NBN Co offers get-out clauses for blackspot builds
Facebook claims 100 MEEELLION active users in India
Who needs China when you've got the next billion in your sights?
Facebook splats in-app chat, whacks brats into crack yakety-yak app
Jibber-jabbering addicts turfed out just as Zuck warned
Google looks to LTE and Wi-Fi to help it lube YouTube tubes
Bandwidth hogger needs tube embiggenment if it's to succeed
prev story

Whitepapers

SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.