Recent consolidation among commercial wireless operators in the U.S. will set the stage for 3G networks to proliferate in the U.S., said Nobuharu Ono, president and CEO of NTT DoCoMo USA, speaking at the Radio Club of America’s annual awards banquet. Ono credited U.S. vendors with wireless innovations such as Wi-Fi and WiMAX, but said “their impact is up for debate.” He also noted that the U.S. trails far behind Japan in the development of 3G networks and services.
However, he added that the “better economics” resulting from the mergers would make it more feasible for the three mega-carriers to invest in next-generation networks. “The stage is set for the U.S. to once again be a leader in the development of wireless technology,” he said. “It will be interesting to see how fast 3G services take off now in the U.S.” Full Article Here.