Latest in Ericsson

Image credit:

Ericsson exec sees WiFi hotspots becoming the new telephone booths

Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

While it hardly comes as much of a surprise, Ericsson Chief Marketing Officer Johan Bergendahl is now predicting nothing short of the demise of WiFi hotspots, and he's saying that they'll be replaced by -- you guessed it -- mobile broadband. Speaking at a conference in Stockholm, Bergendahl said that "hot spots at places like Starbucks are becoming the telephone boxes of the broadband era," and that "in a few years, [HSPA] will be as common as Wi-Fi is today." Leading to that widespread use, he says, is ever-decreasing prices for mobile broadband subscriptions, and the fact that HSPA is being built into more and more laptops. Of course, if other companies have their way, WiFi hotspots could become a thing of the past simply because entire cities would effectively be one huge hotspot, although we'd gladly take both options.

[Image courtesy of IDG.no]

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

The 2019 Engadget Holiday Gift Guide

The 2019 Engadget Holiday Gift Guide

View
Redbox will stop selling Disney movie codes as part of settlement

Redbox will stop selling Disney movie codes as part of settlement

View
Google's fight with Oracle will be heard in the Supreme Court

Google's fight with Oracle will be heard in the Supreme Court

View
Cortana app will stop working on phones in some countries (updated)

Cortana app will stop working on phones in some countries (updated)

View
Recommended Reading: The 15th anniversary of 'Halo 2'

Recommended Reading: The 15th anniversary of 'Halo 2'

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr