9. The Future of Wireless Broadband

From the first single-cell mobile telephone services in the 1940s through today’s second-generation, third-generation, and beyond mobile telephone services, wireless voice service has been and still is one of the most convenient and widely used means of modern communication. Wireless mobile networks are deployed in more than 120 countries around the globe by more than 200 operators. By 2006, there were nearly 2.5 billion mobile telephone subscribers worldwide. This number is expected to surpass 3.7 billion by 2010, when it’s predicted that more than 40% of handsets will be 3G-capable. This trend is supported by the 65 million Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) subscribers served globally as of May ...

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