Wireless Consumer Electronics: Are Connected Gadgets The Next Big Thing In Mobile Networks?
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Overview: With high data rates, ubiquitous coverage, affordable chipset price, and spare data capacity, 3G networks have all the enablers for wireless integration in CE devices. In our analysis, devices with clear current value propositions like laptops, UMPCs, navigation, and gaming devices can be considered initial candidates for enabling wireless integration. It is imperative for OEMs and service providers to explore new business models (a combination of retail, wholesale, or pay-per-use) and service pricing to ensure a seamless end-to-end user experience on this first-generation integration. This will ensure success for large-scale integration as the technologies mature and higher-capacity and bandwidth networks like WiMAX and LTE are deployed in the future.