Thursday, December 07, 2006

And Another interesting post

In my prior life, I was part of the team that launched the first 3G wireless network in New Orleans, back when N.O. was one of about 25 cities in the world with CDMA1xrtEVDO. That was the Verizon Wireless network that launched in April/May of 2005. Sprint has finally joined the fray with its EVDO and Cingular is launching its version, UMTS (HSPDA) as well.

A few months ago, I sat on a flight from Miami to New Orleans with the program manager in charge of BellSouth's rebuild. According to him, the BellSouth wireline network is being rebuilt at state of the art fiber nodes instead of trying to fix the ruined copper.

Of course, the muni-wifi network that Nagin/Meffert deployed after the storm was also a savvy move.

On the whole, the FCC regulated telecom industry is doing its part to provide universal access to the rebuilding and this is to be commended.

Further, I heard today that Leap Wireless (which operates under the Cricket brand) is going to build a pcs network in New Orleans this year and launch soon after.

For all the headwinds at this point, New Orleans is decidedly more 3G than Third World and getting better everyday.

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