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TerraNet's P2P mobile play

Swedish company TerraNet has announced a technology that allows peer-to-peer calling between cell phones.  The phones search out other phones within a kilometer radius, and make the calls directly, phone to phone, bypassing the base station.  One intermediate phone could apparently be used to relay a call to another phone out of range.  Think Skype, but on mobile devices.

Heads are going to start spinning at mobile companies, but rather than do the Linda Blair, wouldn't it make the most sense to try to partner with TerraNet?  After all, another use for this technology might be to increase the capacity of already overloaded base stations by offloading the local calls onto the handset. European carriers are already trying to do this with FMC plays.

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  • Dave September 11, 2007, 9:08 am

    I'm very excited about this technology, precisely BECAUSE it cuts out the carriers completely. There's entirely too much concern about the impact on companies and businesses. No one immediately thinks about what would be good for consumers. I would like to see Verizon, AT&T and others fade away. A network like TerraNet would link entire countries, particularly in densely populated areas like New York City where many hundreds of thousands of "nodes" could exist.

    Of course, those first few years where not many people own them would be rough. We'd have to wean off the carriers until a critical mass was reached. But if Motorola, Samsung, and others knew what was good for them, they would JUMP on this technology. I'll be watching this very closely to see how it develops.

  • Aswath September 11, 2007, 7:25 pm

    Isn't the optimism a tad misplaced? After all this is a mesh networking technology targeted for areas where base stations are sparsely deployed. I am not sure mesh technology can scale to support such a large number of nodes that will entail to displace carriers.

  • Justyna September 12, 2007, 12:39 pm

    I'm thinking interferance on established channels. Then there is the E911 question. I think not only the carriers heads will spin, but the FCC as well.

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