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IEEE Vet: Carriers Capping LTE Services To Avoid Fixed-line Cannibalization 118

Posted by Soulskill
from the going-the-way-of-the-house-phone dept.
alphadogg writes "Roberto Saracco isn't buying carriers' claims that they need to put data caps on their LTE services due to excessive traffic causing massive engineering challenges. Saracco, a senior member of the IEEE and the director of the Telecom Italia Future Centre, said during an interview Tuesday that the major reason carriers are placing data caps on their LTE services is to prevent users from going exclusively with wireless data services and ditching their landline connections. 'You're always going to want to make the maximum amount of value,' he said. 'And you don't want to have your fixed-line network being cannibalized by mobile.'"
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IEEE Vet: Carriers Capping LTE Services To Avoid Fixed-line Cannibalization

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  • Not mobile (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Skapare (16644) on Wednesday April 18, 2012 @03:44AM (#39720443) Homepage

    Just because you are not mobile, why does that mean you should use wide-area air waves for internet access? The air waves are a finite resource that needs to be divided up. The more we can shift over to land based communications, the better.

    OTOH, we need to push the carriers into making more smaller cells. That's what can increase the air wave bandwidth. But we can also do that ourselves by using Wifi to our landline internet connections.

    Hey, I have an idea. Free landline internet to those that make their internet connection available to mobile users of the same carrier.

  • I don't believe that (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 18, 2012 @04:00AM (#39720531)

    I might believe it if there weren't any carriers that offer mobile data but not landline services. But when I look at Clear (formerly Clearwire) or even T-Mobile, I just don't buy that. They would offer totally wireless service, if they could.

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