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Unified Communication Standard

Advances in mobile technologies and people’s increasing addiction to mobile devices has caused lots of different networking technologies in last two decades. When this technologies are coupled with other wireless broadcasts, we see that there are lots and lots of different technologies that somehow connects two devices. But how long will these increase in the number of networking / broadcasting methods last?

I collected these bitrates of daily communication methods or data usage and available communication standards from a Wikipedia article

Daily routines

  • Phone Call:  8 kbit/s
  • MP3: 192 kbit/s
  • Videophone: 16 kbit/s
  • TV: 3.5 Mbit/s
  • HDTV: 8 to 15 Mbit/s
  • HDDVD 29.4 Mbit/s

Communication standards

I do not know much about these technologies’ internals, but the main idea is there are awful lot of variety of connection which recently got me thinking about why on earth we do not have only one connection method. Well, I got to admit that these thoughts are shaped after the new iPad released with its LTE connection. I do not tested myself, nor I will in the near future, but it is reported that you can watch HD streams without any inconvenience.

What I am proposing or anticipating is that; what if all devices that require connectivity has a unified connection method? Computers, mobile phones, regular phones, tablets, TVs, radios, cars… Obviously this is not what we can get in couple of years, but little bit dreaming wouldn’t hurt anyone.

Consider for example your smartphone. I assume it supports WiFi, HSPA+, EDGE(god forbid) maybe even LTE, in addition to its main purpose that is GSM. Wouldn’t it be nice, if there was only HSPA+ which will possibly be enough for a smartphone. In that case, all communications will be done via HSPA+, through which almost real sound can be transferred in phone calls. You also get rid of all other hardware that deals with other primitive communication standards.

Or your cars, consider them to be connected to internet over HSPA+. It collects traffic, weather data and navigates accordingly. This connectivity can be very useful in distant future’s autonomous cars, which can involve in a P2P communication with each other, or a client-server connection with a super-duper intelligent traffic control system.

All I’ve been talking about may sound like a Jules Verne fiction. However, I can’t help thinking about such a connected community. I know that there are enormous obstacles between present and that future, but we should start somewhere to get to that future.

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  1. April 2, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    I believe the issue your talking about has to do with backward compatibility. Not all devices can process a new communication protocol and they should not. Some things are meant to be simple whereas others are not. Additionally, nobody should force me to buy a new phone to connect to some network where everything is connected to each other. I am happy with the old one.
    Tech producers consider such things.For example, Intel does not change some of its models in order not to upset its customers. Also they need to sell the ones they produced earlier. Something like that. At the end, If a new technology is invented, along with its benefits, somebody will definitely get upset.

    On the other hand,
    As you said time is the key factor here. Consider the following example. TCP/IP is already a standard, I mean, we already have things similar to what you propose. We just need time for such things.

    Loved reading it, thank you Engin.

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