The Things You Learn

Okay as much as I hate to admit it, there are some benefits to this whole work term report thing. Cast aside all that stuff about learning to write in an analytical fashion; maybe I do some of that, but one thing I’ve discovered while writing this report is that there’s a lot of things out there that I am extremely interested in.

I’m writing about wireless technologies. It’s a relatively new technology (I mean those digital cell phones you’re using didn’t appear until the 1990s) and it’s growing and innovating at a furious pace. I didn’t really know too much about wireless technologies before I started this project. Oh sure, I use it and have a basic understanding as to how it works, but I never even thought about some of the problems new wireless technologies face both on the technical side of things and regulatory/economical. I mean how much money do you think those nationwide cell networks cost? Or that spectrum licenses could cost in the billions of dollars. Mind boggling to be sure.

I also tacked up another hypocritical point acout the European Union countries. That ‘governing’ body that oversees one of the most powerful economic powers on the Earth wants you to think they’re looking for consumer interests and competition. But in reality, they’re just a bunch of money-grabbing, protectionist politicians. They almost put many huge telecom companies into bankruptcy with their spectrum auctions in the early 2000s. On top of that, they block almost all outside initiatives. WiMAX in Europe? Hells no, they’ve got to have their own standard, just because they can. Is there any technical reason behind it? Of course not. It’s all about money. Make their own standard and make people license it. It’s what they’re doing with their UMTS standard. It seems like the European Union is allergic to the success of outsiders. Microsoft is monopolistic. Apple’s iTunes store is monopolistic. WiMAX could potentially be a big technology. Well, the first two have already been targets of the European Commission and France respectively. WiMAX, as I said previously is being barred mostly due to the lack of spectrum available (well, they’re not allowing WiMAX to use ‘certain’ bands since they’re ‘reserved’).

Yep, there’s a lot to learn in this world. I find myself drifting from the main topic of study. I start reading these tech articles and all of sudden I start straying following leads to other tidbits of information. If nothing else, I’ll at least be more knowledgable after this report is said and done.

[tags]wireless, europe, work report[/tags]


6 Replies to “The Things You Learn”

  1. Speaking of cell phones… I went to Roger’s yesterday to inquire about upgrading my Samsung X426 to a silver Motorola RAZR V3c. Yah, apparently it would cost less to pay out my own phone, ditch my contract, and resign up for 3 years and pay the $99 for the RAZR, than to upgrade. Needless to say that I’ll be holding on to my X426 for a while…

  2. Nooooooo!!!! Don’t do it! You don’t want the Razr. It’s so much less of a phone than a little piece of bling. Like I messed around with one at Futureshop and it felt so unbelivably cheaply made. The hinges and everything just didn’t fell good. And to be honest, it makes up for its thinness with its… wideness. It’s like they took the depth and just added it onto the side anyways. Hopefully your pants aren’t so tight you can’t even fit in another 1 cm of depth…

    Plus, there are so many unbelievably hawt Nokia phones in the N series. If only they were in Canada. (The GSM really kills the deal for me as well)

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