What are the local mobile and telecoms developments beyond 3G? While Globe and Smart are now testing their 3G networks, let’s look at what’s beyond.
- Mobile TV with DVB-H (Digital Video Broadcasting – Handheld). This is a separate frequency for high bandwidth one-way content. One handset supporting this is the Nokia N92. Will our local broadcast networks like ABS-CBN and GMA go for this when they aren’t even planning HDTV?
- Generic Access Network (GAN, formerly known as UMA, Unlicensed Mobile Access). With this system, a single phone can seamlessly switch between the GSM/GPRS/3G network, and WiFi hotspots. This allows high bandwidth “mobile” data transfers over WiFi, as well as using mobile phones and “landlines” inside the house.
- VoIP phones, both hardware and software. Telco “next generation” plans look at replacing the traditional analog handset with VoIP phones. Users can login using software soft phones on their PC but keep the same number. The system will route the call to wherever you are.
- IPTV, covered previously
What developments are y0u looking forward to? Do they make sense in the Philippine environment?