The article states that the major wireless carriers have seemed wary of any technology that might reshape the status quo in their business. CTIA, the wireless association that represents the carriers, has said that its members are excited about the idea of spectrum sharing, but that giving the carriers more spectrum should still remain the government’s top priority.
However, some wireless industry veterans, like Martin Cooper, creator of the the first cellphone, believe that even if the government granted the carriers a little bit more spectrum, there would be no guarantee that it would be enough to handle the ever-rising number of data-guzzling smartphones and tablets. But, as the PCAST report suggested, spectrum constraints could be resolved if the government were to push carriers to embrace technologies that provide greater efficiency. The Times quoted John C. Coleman, xG Technology CEO, as saying
“The spectrum crisis is completely avoidable. If we start incorporating advanced and proven technologies like cognitive radios and smart antenna systems now, we can get ahead of the mobile broadband demand curve and stay ahead of it.”
The New York Times article can be read in its entirety at this link.
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