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    Wireless service providers: A market in flux

    Posted Oct 14, 2003 - 4:09 pm

    WWANs, WLANs, WMANs: acronyms like these fascinate techies, but try using them with the average consumer and watch their eyes glaze over. People just want to be connected to voice and data networks as easily and cheaply as possible, and they don't care how it happens. That's made for an interesting a fluid landscape for wireless service providers - some mobile phone operators are partnering with Wi-Fi hotspot operators to provide seamless networks, while others are using new 3G technologies to beam broadband-speed Internet access almost anywhere. And where will the still embryonic WMAN networks - Wi-Fi-style networks that can blanket whole cities - fit in to the picture? These links will help you get a handle on the situation today - but your guess as to what it will all look like in five years is as good as ours.

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