Mobile Data, the Next Generation: High Speeds but at What Cost?
By KEVIN J. O'BRIEN The New York Times February 16, 2010
BARCELONA - The next great leap forward in wireless broadband networks, a superfast technology called Long Term Evolution, is being hailed as a breakthrough that will transform the world's mobile operators into the lucrative gatekeepers of the on-the-go Internet.
But despite its theoretical potential to redefine the online experience - with download speeds many times faster than currently available - many of the world's major carriers are holding back. They are wary of repeating the mistakes of a decade ago, when billions were spent on equipment and licenses for third-generation networks, the current standard, only to see consumers largely ignore the technology until Apple introduced the iPhone in 2007.