On a worldwide market viewpoint, the next several phases of wireless are inevitable. In Japan and Europe, 3G is already being deployed and utilized by the citizens in those countries. According to the wireless telephone manufacture Nokia, the Nokia 3G network solution was available for operators in 2001 and 2002. The first locations to have 3G services were Japan in 2001 and Europe in 2002.
The United States is starting to experience the first deployments of 3G; other parts of the world are being introduced to 4G. Proving to early skeptics that while the deployment of wireless services in the United States have slowed down, 3G services will continue to evolve and be sold here and abroad. The article below explains the type of wireless services now being promoted in Asia which will eventually be promoted in the United States.
What is happening with Satellite Technology?
Licensees of satellite telephone services have petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to allow additional deployment of land based supplemental transmission relay stations for the ability to compete more aggressively with existing Cellular and PCS services. The FCC is looking favorably upon this request, even though the existing land based services are strongly objecting for various reasons. If this is allowed, there will be more demands placed on Governmental agencies as another service begins to construct a land-based infrastructure.
The facts are that there will be more wireless communication facilities (including cell towers) — far more than presently available to accommodate the demands of the public. These will be needed over the next decade to serve existing wireless service providers and emerging technologies, some known and some unknown.
To read more about how your municipality can effectively manage the growth in wireless development while meeting the needs of both business users and your constituency who oppose any towers, please see our page on Cell Tower Development Standards and our page on Wireless Telecommunications Master Planning.