A few weeks time hasn't eased the desperation -- Clear is still in blitz mode. This week, I found myself staring at a building height Clear billboard (with the misspelled tagline), a Clear store complete with sign wavers out front, a Clear TV spot, and then another Clear store -- there are 5 in the Portland Metro area (and I think that doesn't include one I drove past that's not on the store locator list yet).
Cost compounds the time issue. Putting up those towers isn't cheap, which is where the confidence issue comes into play. With the exception of truly local businesses that never stray for the home zone, WiMax is questionable at best. There's a hardware investment, plus the service cost, and the very real possibility that mobile WiMax doesn't have staying power commercially speaking. A -- that would leave business owners in Baltimore and Portland holding worthless hardware (like some Nortel customers) and re-upping with exactly the same service provider they use today. That's a tough sell for any business trying to trim costs (and what business isn't right now?).
InformationWeek Elite 100Our data shows these innovators using digital technology in two key areas: providing better products and cutting costs. Almost half of them expect to introduce a new IT-led product this year, and 46% are using technology to make business processes more efficient.
The UC Infrastructure TrapWorries about subpar networks tanking unified communications programs could be valid: Thirty-one percent of respondents have rolled capabilities out to less than 10% of users vs. 21% delivering UC to 76% or more. Is low uptake a result of strained infrastructures delivering poor performance?
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