In recent Mobile Health Conference, conducted in Las Vegas, new wireless technology such as 2G, 3G, 4G has been discussed particularly their usage in HealthCare department. Executives from T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint delivered the speech and a short panel discussion was conducted. Their main emphasize was on 2G, 3G, and 4G topic.
The officials didn’t complete described their policies but an executive from T-mobile said that his company is committed to utilize 2G network for 10 more years. He supported his decision with an argument that most of the mHealth applications are working perfect on 2G networks that is why they do not need to upgrade their systems to 3G or 4G networks. In response to this comment, AT&T executive also supported this argument that why they should move to 4G when they are enjoying 4G speed at 3G network? In addition, Sprint executive pinned it on the head when he argued we know how important the time is, as time is the economy of today. A higher speed along with better applications will surely save people time and that’s valuable.
Without any certain doubt, T-mobile’s executive argument was right. Most of the apps are performing fine on 2G network. But I think their approach is reactive, they are waiting for apps that only work fine on 3G or 4G network. Surely, rapid advancement technology cannot let T-mobile to stand on their decision for long time. Because the 10 years is a huge span and no one could predict what would be the next innovation in coming years.
Normally in internet world, apps will grow in every available resources provide to them. But there are some apps that would never work, until they have been provided by suitable resource.
So, you can argue that health applications of today are working fine on 2G, but a question arise what applications would we have if 3G and 4G networks were more widely available? We probably have to wait to find this answer, because most EMR software is working fine on whatever bandwidth you give them. that is why officials from T-mobile and AT&T are not paying much attention to jump on 3G and 4G networks.
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