June 22, 2006

Our own campus mobile network?

Writing about web page http://education.guardian.co.uk/elearning/story/0,,1801298,00.html

This seems like a terribly exciting idea – I just cannot work out whether or not it is really at all viable or whether it would work here.

"What you see every company doing now is taking what they do well and porting it on to a cell phone or PDA. We have put out a number of tenders and we hope to give first–year freshers a free cell phone or a more expensive smartphone each." Siff sees it as a roadmap to the future: the university provides free phones and funds a third party to supply the network for which the students pay a monthly rate. "And if we get over 3,000 students signed up within six months, we'll break even."
There's one big problem. Almost every student has their own cell phone and provider, so why change? Siff replies that, if you use just one provider, it cannot guarantee you coverage everywhere. But his Cincinnati service is guaranteeing a high 90% coverage.

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  1. Aah – maybe you should bring it to Charlie's Blue Skies session at the Warwick Network Away Day?!

    22 Jun 2006, 13:43

  2. Robert O'Toole

    Do people really want to be connected to work all the time?

    And do they really want to use complex content on a phone sized screen?

    Given that we are a campus university, it would be much easier to just spend some money on putting network kiosks everywhere (see the Grid for examples). Good size screens. Connect when you want to.

    23 Jun 2006, 15:50


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