On Tue, 7 Dec 2004, nick may wrote:
> > Did you try taking a steam engine pulled train from
> > Tokyo to Osaka recently?
> Your analogy does not work. Steam trains go slowly.
Actually, this does work for me. Think about the time when diesel
locomotives were replacing steam locomotives. At that time there was
no speed difference, and the diesels were less powerful than the steam
locomotives that they were replacing. (Thus, the introduction of the
practice of having several, rather than one, locomotives pull a train.)
Someone sending mail at the time didn't care (and still doesn't) whether
it's pulled by a steam loco or a diesel. And someone making a phone call
doesn't care if it's 2G or 3G (or wouldn't if the voice quality was the
same, in Docomo's case).
Diesels replaced steam because they were cheaper to run. Presumably
3G will replace 2G for the same reason. I'm assuming that the licence
costs will all get sorted out, of course; I don't see any way around
allowing the carriers to reneg on their bids for that spectrum, as many
are already being allowed to do.
Curt Sampson <cjs_at_cynic.net> +81 90 7737 2974
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Received on Wed Dec 8 05:20:56 2004