WTRS has issued a report that goes over the big players in converged mobile devices.
1) In spite of the plethora of emerging wireless standards, each has its own niche of dominance without much overlap or competition between them.
2) WiMAX has found a solid niche in the backhaul network.
3) HSPA is making strong progress in handsets and represents a highly competitive service offering for carriers.
4) Bluetooth has expanded the functionality of a handset with the incorporation of WiBree into the SIG. Products based on WiBree will almost certainly enter the market this year.
5) DLNA, with its convergence strategy, has developed a mechanism for providing interoperable consumer electronics and mobile communications devices using only existing networking standards. As a result DLNA compliance affords devices added functionality not available previously.
That’s a pretty beefy statement saying that there’s no competition between wireless standards. Although considering China’s move to adopt as many networks as they can cram into their airwaves, maybe there is room to dream for an idyllic future when all wireless standards can hold hands across the world and sing Kumbaya together. We all know WiMAX kicks ass, we didn’t need a report to confirm it.
As for HSPA making big progress, that statement’s backed up by other studies, so it’s no big surprise. WiBree products by the end of the year is a pretty exciting prospect, considering the possibilities of what it can do. DLNA is news to us. The Digital Living and Network Alliance is a standardization initiative headed up by Intel and Sony back in ’03. Mobiles aren’t even listed as one of the DLNA’s supported categories yet, which might change once mobile WiFi really gets rolling.