McGuire’s Law featured in Telephony cover story

I’ve mentioned a couple of articles from Telephony stemming from an interview I did with Kevin Fitchard. Well that interview specifically was for a much larger piece Kevin was developing for the cover story of the print edition of Telephony that was released in time for CTIA, the industry’s largest annual event.

Obviously, all of that was a couple of weeks ago, but I just got around to reading the whole piece. I was pleasantly surprised that the article was largely built around my interview. You can check out the entire piece here: Wireless 2025: A look at wireless in the year 2025.

Here are some of my highlights:

  • Kevin opens the piece by repeating two of the five trends I called out to him (plus a reference to the drive to 4G, which obviously we are leading at Sprint): “Today
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    we’re witnessing a new revolution in which wireless has come to signify data services as much as voice. Over the next two years, the first 4G networks will emerge, pairing mobility with true broadband for the first time. The handset has begun to evolve from a mere phone into a miniature multimedia computer, and portable and mobile devices with no voice capabilities to speak of have started connecting to the wide-area cellular network.”

  • My comments are the first and most extensively used in the piece. About half of the article is directly taken from the engaged discussion Kevin and I had several weeks ago.
  • Kevin almost perfectly quotes McGuire’s Law of Mobility in introducing me: “the value of any object, application or idea increases relative to its mobility.”
  • He goes on to provide examples as proof (I didn’t provide him with these): “The principle can be applied to almost any scenario: A famous work of art that is moved from one museum to another can be viewed by more people, thus increasing its aesthetic value to the whole world. A computer, a phone, even a business becomes more useful the less it is physically constrained.”
  • The article also benefits from great insights from others prominent in the industry including my old friend and Sprint co-worker Matthew Oommen, Vish Nandlall, carrier group chief technology officer and distinguished member of the technical staff for Nortel Networks, Henry Tirri, head of the Nokia Research Center, HÃ¥kan Eriksson, chief technology officer for Ericsson, Vanu Bose, CEO and founder of Vanu, a pioneer in SDR base stations, Prabakhar Chitrapu, principal engineer for Interdigital Communications, and Ralph de la Vega, CEO of AT&T Mobility.

It really is an interesting read. I recommend you check it out.

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