Telecom just completed an upgrade of the CDMA network to increase data speeds, Vodafone have just announced an HSDPA upgrade that will give 2-5mbps download speeds. This raises two questions;
- Why is everyone moaning about wired broadband when mobile is getting faster and cheaper?
- Why is everyone moaning and saying that Telecom as a monopoly isn’t allowing competition?
As I see it three are two options;
- If data access is truly sub-optimal, central government should invest in a high speed network for the good of the country
- If data access is OK and improving, we should let the market forces set service levels and pricing – Adam Smith anyone?
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