In partnership with the San Diego Telecom Council, UCSD Connect and the San Diego Venture Group, the Daily Transcript takes a look at the local telecommunications industry. Information on the Evolving Markets in Telecommunications Conference, the wireless data market and the current state of the local telecom industry is included.
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For most consumers, Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) and Global System for Mobile (GSM) aren't even on the radar screen. Rather than worrying about which wireless standard to go with for wireless phone service, consumers are more concerned about finding the carrier who can offer the best coverage at the lowest price.
For years, industry pundits have predicted a world without wires -- where people can instantly reference information on-the-go, entertain themselves with games and keep in touch with family and friends, all with the convenience of a wireless phone.
Twenty-five years ago, mobile phones were so large that they took up most of the space in your car trunk. Still, the benefits of making and receiving voice calls while mobile outweighed the handset limitations.
The San Diego Sheriff's Department, in cooperation with Alvarion, has installed a wireless land area network system that seamlessly interconnects the department's patrol vehicles to the department's LAN at all stations, jails, courts and other facilities. As a result, officers can complete paperwork, download files and access e-mail and other office functions from the convenience of their patrol vehicles. There is also a huge reduction in the amount of time officers spend performing office functions, thereby allowing them to focus on street duties.
More than 500 telecom executives, investment bankers, analysts and service providers are expected to attend the ninth annual Evolving Markets in Telecommunications Conference on May 29 at the Hilton Torrey Pines. This year's conference, organized by UCSD Connect, The San Diego Telecom Council and The San Diego Venture Group, will examine how companies can tap into the $20 billion North American wireless data market.
The future of the troubled telecommunications industry in San Diego and around the globe is now in the hands of consumers. And, when it comes to the wireless business, that literally means putting more technology into the hands of individual and corporate users.