Last week saw some significant wins for champions of ‘free’ usage of spectrum – first is the approval of TV whitespaces spectrum by FCC and the second is the software based solution by Kineto for using UMA as an app in the Android phones. Two entirely different but high impact propositions for the free airwave users, both of them spur developments in their respective ecosystems that will have long-term impacts. I have blogged on the advantages of both these technologies extensively in the past few months. UMA (Unlicensed Mobile Access) uses the Wi-Fi bands for extension of coverage indoors, and T-Mobile USA has been the only Tier I operator who uses this technology in Northern America.
I have extensively spoken about whitespaces in the last few weeks leading upto the voting on September 23rd, please see my older posts here and here. But the topic that has captured my attention was the event that happened around UMA, a technology that is very robust but has had relatively low success rate – UMA or GAN. It is one technology that could have been the end of Vonage if T-Mobile had followed through with the strategy of ‘at home’ products. It was a simple IP telephony that brought true convergence to cellular networks and the home Wi-Fi, even though it supported only 802.11g standards.
UMA in the News
Kineto Wireless, Inc., the key innovator and leading supplier of solutions that enable delivery of mobile services over broadband, today announced it has an updated version of its Smart Wi-Fi Application for Google’s Android operating system version 2.2, also called Froyo. Read more…