Cell Phone Bandwith Crisis


Cell phones could be running out of bandwith and as a result, the consumer will get a slower and congested service.

You are probably asking yourself , What battle and what airwaves are you talking about?”  well I am talking about the airwaves your iPhone and other cell phone’s use and the battle has to do with the fact the mobile companies are running out or it. How does this affect you? Well, if a solution is not found to this cell phone bandwith crisis, you are going to suffer congested networks and slow innovation. The iPhone, WiFi and TV Networks all use these airwaves called Spectrum and use different kinds in order not to interfere with one another but like I said earlier, something is not done, we are going to be the ones to suffer the consequences.

“Spectrum is the equivalent of our highways,” says Christopher Guttman-McCabe, vice president of regulatory affairs for CTIA-The Wireless Association, an industry trade group. “That’s how we move our traffic. And the volume of that traffic is increasing so dramatically that we need more lanes. We need more highways.”

Why is it a battle? because wireless companies are looking into invading the spectrum used by TV broadcasters, satellite-communications companies and federal agencies such as the Pentagon. They are going after broadcasters because Fewer people are getting over-the-air TV and at the same time, more and more people are using mobile broadband. One possible solution is a bill that Rep. Rick Boucher, is proposing a bill that would mandate a government inventory of the airwaves to identify unused or underused bands that could be reallocated. Let’s hope that works or we are going to have some unhappy cell phone,smartphone users.



The CTIA, the industry group, is asking the government to make an additional 800 megahertz of the airwaves available for wireless companies to license over the next six years. If that were to become a reality then that would be a major + since they only currently have. The Federal Communications Commission has a plan in the oven. They are preparing to make more frequencies available for commercial use, but has just 50 megahertz in the pipeline.

Why is more Spectrum needed, what is taking up so much?

I’m afraid the ones responsible for this are mobile video and on-line games.  A second reason is that consumers are flocking to wireless Internet connections, in some cases dropping landline accounts altogether. February is an important month since there is a bill that was proposed and Julius Genachowski, chairman of the FCC, says finding more room for the wireless industry will be an important part of his agency’s broadband plan. That plan, mandated by the 2009 stimulus bill, is due in February and will propose using wireless systems to bring high-speed Internet connections to corners of the country that are too remote for landline networks. So for those of us that live in a certain place where landlines are impossible, this is  going to be something we are going to want to keep up with.

Another possible solution is that the extra spectrum that broadcasters might have be sold to the government of t wireless companies but that is going to need congressional approval. There is some good news in all of this and it is going to be for cell phone,laptop and car users in other words for everyone. Since the broadcasters has to return 100 megahertz, when TV went digital in June, they plan on transmiing high-definition signals, “multicast” multiple channels and deliver mobile TV to phones, laptops and cars.

So there we have it the battle for the airwaves and wireless companies are going to crazy to try and fins companies that are just not using theirs, so they can make better use of it. Guess we are just going to have to wait and see what happens and how it affects us, the consumers.



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