I tell my two teenagers to use WiFi (wireless fidelity) when they use their cell phones in our home when they use the internet. WiFi is normally a flat fee vs the carrier fees they use when they download data via cellular minutes.
The two methods used on our devices are becoming interchangeable to the point that our cell phones can be our computers (Internet receptions) and our computers can become our phones. You can get Internet on a cellular phone and make calls on a portable device or desktop computer.
You can use your computer to talk to friends or business associates or you can get an actual hand held phone for home or business use complete with a phone number to communicate with the world. There are a plethora of each of these programs/devices available.
The only point is that each medium is becoming the other and they are both becoming the same.
What will this do to cell tower and cell tower lease values?
It is this telecom consultant’s opinion that in the near future WiFi will dominate the telecommunications industry for both data transmission and voice communications.
Presently the cellular industry has the coverage advantage and are very aggressive in extending their lead. Sometimes the aggressive is the enemy of the wise. In an attempt to maximize income on their cell site (rooftops or towers) they allow competition to infiltrate their bases by way of microwave equipment that can send/receive data, thus allowing WiFi competition.
Dead zones or poor reception areas are being ‘filled in’ with the advent of smaller cells instead of the looming towers. “While giant macrocell sites have been the industry norm for years, carriers are increasingly turning to a range of smaller cell site options as a way to reduce costs and speed network expansion. These include microcells, picocells and femtocells.”1/28/15 – Michael Harris – http://www.unisonsite.com/resource-center/resource.html?article=23
Coverage and cost seem to be the two keys in this battle of reception of the Internet and verbal communications. Who will be the winner? My guess is that it will be us, the public.
Now, how about security? That’s an entirely different problem. Stay tuned.