Re: TECH: wireless gets real

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Tue Jul 03 2001 - 09:09:17 MDT

Brian D Williams wrote:
> 250 billion is the lowball figure just to rewire the U.S. with
> fiber.
> 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.

What sort of scale efficiencies could be expected? If we follow the
scale for cell phones, and compare that to current broadband costs, I'd
expect to see such components sold for free with 1000 free minutes of
airtime for a year contract by the time it gets to a 6.2 billion person
market size.

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