Mobile Broadband and Implications for Broadband Competition and Adoption
The growth of wireless mobile broadband has the potential to drive significant new growth in Internet applications, services, and equipment markets. It is likely to represent as important a change for the Internet as the transition from dial-up to broadband, fundamentally changing the landscape for broadband Internet access by adding the mobility that is needed to enable truly ubiquitous and pervasive "always on" Internet services. Incumbent operators like AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile, and new operators like Clear wire and Cox are investing billions of dollars to expand coverage and enable much higher quality mobile broadband services. Mobile broadband subscribership and the Internet traffic it generates are growing rapidly and these trends are expected to continue into the future.