Nokia Siemens Networks applauds the U.S. Congress for making the bold decision to free up much needed spectrum for mobile broadband through voluntary incentive auctions. By also setting aside spectrum and critical funding for a nationwide public safety mobile broadband network, Congress can be proud of a rare double achievement that will benefit consumers and the economy for years to come. This legislation will enable the continued introduction of innovative and advanced mobile services and applications, while equipping our police and other first responders with the modern communications tools needed to help protect our communities. We salute the congressional leaders and the conference committee for seeing the wisdom of including spectrum legislation in the conference report of the “Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012.” Most importantly, the leaders and members of the respective commerce committees and their staffs must be acknowledged for their tireless efforts to take spectrum legislation from a great idea and turn it into reality by any and all available means.
Nokia Siemens Networks has a focused strategy to drive innovation in mobile broadband around the globe, and we are seeing firsthand the impact it is having to improve quality of life in communities and entire nations. Our research predicts that total mobile broadband traffic may increase up to a thousand-fold by 2020. This assumes up to 100 times higher traffic per user with smartphones. It’s all about increasing speeds, expanding capacity and improving the quality of experience for all users. As a result, strategic investments are being made in 3G and especially 4G LTE mobile technology.
The looming spectrum crunch in the U.S. has been well documented, with the FCC already calling for 500 megahertz of additional spectrum by 2020. While this legislation may not solve the entire problem, it promises to put a healthy dent in the shortage of spectrum. And with the economy trying to regain firm footing, we believe strongly that this legislation will provide a jumpstart to economic activity through additional investment and jobs – and not just in our immediate sector. Mobile communications is widely recognized as the fuel of the entire Information Communications and Technology (ICT) industry, and across almost every imaginable vertical market – from education to transportation to healthcare. The opportunities for individuals, businesses, communities and the country are unbounded as we implement ubiquitous, advanced mobile connectivity.
We at Nokia Siemens Networks are excited about the opportunities that this spectrum legislation is going to enable. Let’s get building and improving mobile broadband across America!
This post is by Rick Corker, Head of North America region, Nokia Siemens Networks