Monday, March 13, 2006

Dean Bubley: Symptoms of terminal decline?

Dean Bubley writes at his Disruptive Wireless blog that "sometimes semantics are telling." He states that when he speaks about cellular devices, he use terms like "handset", "mobile phone", "phone", or "cellphone".

However, Bubley notes that "almost every time I speak to someone involved in cellular networks , either from an infrastructure vendor or operator, they typically use the word "terminal". Almost nobody else does."

He thinks this is a legacy philosophy, highlighting "the traditional "centralised" telecoms operator way of thinking, and ignores the implications of Moore's Law on the "smartness" of handsets and their resident applications and growing capabilities." Bubley also believes:

this is the backward philosophy is the notion that services should "work seamlessly across different access technologies", with the network trying to create an illusion of a lowest common denominator. Instead, I believe that handsets should pay close attention to "seams" and modify their own behaviour and optimise for the pecularities of different networks. I'll post more on this specific issue later, as I see it as a fundamental flaw in IMS.