3G coming soon to a Laptop near you

This is rather interesting, not because of the Apple angle, because it points the way to the ubiquity of connection in the forceable future (from ComputerWorld, via Mac Rumors):

The Comms Software QA team within the Mac Hardware Group is seeking a motivated QA engineer to perform quality assurance testing for new Apple CPU Products.

Duties for this position include, but are not limited to:

– Testing and reporting hardware, software, and device driver bugs for Communications technologies including AirPort (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth v2.0, gigabit Ethernet, and/or 3G Wireless WAN in a detailed, timely manner.

Originally the expectation was that WiFi would provide for all our roaming bandwidth needs, along the way WiMax was supposed to do that for us. Now it seems that we are going to have to look to 3G for that, and eventually 4G. WiMax was supposed to fill that gap but we are still waiting for that.

The key is untethering. Initially it felt great to have WiFi, I could move around my condo/office with a laptop and always be connected to the network, free from the wired tether, but it quickly became clear that WiFi has its own tether because of the limited range.

‘Always connected’ is a pre-requisite for cloud computing, and it looks like 3G/4G is how this will be achieved. My measure of ‘getting there’ in terms of bandwidth and coverage will be when I can sit in the middle of the countryside and be able to stream a high definition movie from the cloud to my laptop/tablet.


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