What will be the next big thing in mobile innovation?

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Mudassir Ali
Feb 07, 2020 08:28 AM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Feb 07, 2020 08:28 AM

Big? As in really, really big? The kind of thing that throws the whole market into upheaval?

I’d have to say Mesh Networks. That is, rather than going cell to tower, tower to tower via fiber, then tower to cell … the digital traffic goes cell to cell to cell to cell to (rinse, repeat)…

Basically, each phone’s WiFi radio is turned on and is imitating a BitTorrent node. Passing on encrypted traffic to the next nearest phone.

What this would do is make the carriers obsolete. Every call would basically be a Skype call. Why would anyone ever sign up to a service contract ever again? Just buy your handset, turn it on, and become part of the local Mesh. Just like BitTorrent, you get social status from maintaining a high “seeder vs. leecher” ratio.

Calls outside of your Mesh zone would be trickier to handle. You’d have to piggyback on the existing fiber networks that carry internet traffic. But as bandwidth & carrying capacity is increasing exponentially, by the time this comes around, that may well be commoditized.

Of course, all this should fall under the “may” column, rather than the “will” column in the disruption category. The carriers & handset manufacturers may squelch this; the tech could prove unworkable; and users could shy away from the privacy concerns inherent in basically talking over one giant “party line.”

Then again, we do all seem to be willing to make the privacy tradeoff when it comes to sharing the deepest recesses of our souls on Facebook…

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