Re: TECH: wireless gets real

From: Brian D Williams (
Date: Tue Jul 03 2001 - 08:08:49 MDT

>From: Samantha Atkins <>

>>Brian D Williams wrote:

>>It's that considerable "sufficient investment in infrastructure"
>>that's the sticking point. The low ball figure I see is about
>>250 billion dollars. Whoever puts that up is going to want a
>>substantial return on investment, then of course there's
>Huh? That figure is sufficient for several manned missions to
>Mars or for setting up an effective Solar Power Satellite
>alternative. What takes that kind of money to provide universal
>wireless connectivity?

250 billion is the lowball figure just to rewire the U.S. with

You want worldwide Universal wireless connectivity? For how many
people? The whole world?

Lets see there are about 6.2 billion people in the world, if we
could do this for $1000 a port (we can't get even close to that)
you're talking 6.2 trillion dollars. The real figure to build such
a system is probably considerably more.

Of course if we're talking about a system for a few thousand rich
techies, it would be less.


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