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Cost?

rmcnamee

Jul 26, 2008, 8:50 PM
Does anyone know what any of these new devices will cost for either WiMAX or LTE? Cost of service? This may sound dumb, but is it a possibility that my phone bill will go down?

I know there will be the cost of implementation, but in the end it seems that these new technologies will be cheaper to operate, so that's why I ask.

Just to clarify, I'm looking for end-user cost. I could care less what the operators have to pay for it.
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mosherkl

Jul 27, 2008, 10:58 AM
Odds are the cost to the user will go up. Keep in mind that today's backhaul from cell site to switch is done via T1 (in the US.....probably different overseas). Even though most sites require much more than 1 T1, everything is broken down to that level. A single T1 suppors ~1.5 Mbps. If we're talking speeds of 100+ Mbps for WiMax and LTE, T1's just aren't going to cut it. We'll need ethernet or fiber to EACH site and the provider giving the option to purchase bandwith on the order of 100 Mbps to 1 Gbps. Given this isn't happening all too often right now, I'm guessing this "new" way to deliver backhaul will come with a price premium and the carriers will pass that along to the consumers.
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