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QUESTION: What does the new wireless technologies and the increasing use of cell phone subscriptions mean to the future of computing? If you think the reason for this post...

QUESTION: What does the new wireless technologies and the increasing use of cell phone subscriptions mean to the future of computing? If you think the reason for this post is talk about the technology behind the wireless technology called Long Term Evolution (LTE), you would be only partly mistaken. Yes, it is about I can talk about this, as being a super fast bandwidth network of data that has rolled out in the world to offer speeds of up to 40 megabytes per second, if you are not much of a techie that means the equivalent of downloading 8 MP3 songs in a single bundle, in one second.This pretty fast and in fact this is faster than most regular wireless internet connections that most people use at home as those go to about 10 megabytes per second to as low as 2 megabytes per second at the lower end.

This is a chart from Bell Canada’s website where you can see the progression of speed in bandwidth over time.

Now I am done with explaining what LTE is, I would like to talk about the choice of words in the describing the technology. If you have not notice already, I mean the use of the word “evolution” in the defining a wireless technology. Who goes on picking the name for technologies anyway, did they mean anything to do with what we know of evolution to be? What interest me about this naming and the technology is that LTE signals to the evolution of technology, as you see jumping from 2 megabytes per second with 3G wireless to now up to 40 megabytes per second with LTE. This is a significant jump, perhaps the reason why they decided to call it evolution as if you look at the evolution of our physical bodies from going from Home Erectus or Neandentals to Home Sapiens to Homo Sapiens Sapiens, where there is still a struggle to explain the jump and the search for the so called “missing link” continuous. The rise of LTE for me signals that technology is a cusp of an incredible potential. What happened to the internet when we went from using regular internet dial-up connections with modems at speeds of 28 kilobytes per second or 56 kilobytes per second to DSL and cable internet, which took it to 2 megabytes per second up to what we use today? If you look at the acceleration of technology (see the graphic above), we have seen a boom of information and applications and the power of the north of cloud-based services like Google Docs. We have very different world of the internet now if you look at back pre DSL and cable internet. To name a few, look at cloud based services, and social networks like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. The capacity to be able to download at faster speeds enables the ability to not having to wait too long for a website which contains thousands of lines of code, such is the case of Facebook today with different scripts using the latest in HTML5 technologies. The jump and use of LTE to enable a similar boost we receive closer to the year 2000, is now happening again in 2012 except now to be use in mobile devices such as in smartphones and tablets. We are seeing another step up the ladder, though I would argue a big one. The difference being mobile devices are more portable and accessible than the desktops and even laptops in the year 2000. Even if you consider the size and weight alone, not to mention battery capacity and portability. Portable devices makes easier to access information which since it comes at higher and higher speeds, not even allows for more data being downloaded and used even in the richest of formats such is video. Are we talking about evolution? Yes well it is about evolution, what will happen or what is happening? This is to be determined, I am for one positive about it all and expect good things to come.

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