For most people, the term “Web 2.0” represents something new and different when they connect to the Web. Perhaps the most accurate way to describe “Web 2.0” is to say that it enables you to do more on the Web within your Web browser – hence the fierce competition of offering the most capable Web browser.
The most important aspect of Web 2.0 is that people like Web 2.0. There’s no study available that suggests Web 2.0 has been a failure when it comes to make people spend more time in front of their Web browser. In fact, it’s been so popular that new opportunities have arisen outside the Web browser.
Or, it’s not so much about new opportunities as the fact that people are now becoming aware of the opportunities. Thanks to the popularity of Web 2.0 within the Web browser, for instance ancient smartphone capabilities are gaining ground in the mobile world as we speak.
A key player in driving Web 2.0 forward before you even had heard about the term, Microsoft, will release Windows Phone 7 later this year with the specific purpose of giving Web 2.0 another (they’ve done so also in the past) integration boost in the mobile world, accompanied by a more capable Web browser.
At the end of the day, a desktop-grade Web browser is the key to success in the smartphone world. The blending of the Mobile and Desktop Web is an inevitable path for many obvious reasons. Ultimately, it’ll enable a seamless Internet experience that can directly tap into smartphone functionality (or specific functionality of any future mobile device, for that matter).
And that’s where wireless access to the Web comes into play. Measured by demand, wireless access to the Web should have been available in 2008. For the first time in history, we’re now finding ourselves amidst a situation where technology can’t keep up with what people desire. In the past, it’s always been vice versa.
Yet, we’re currently stuck with mobile networks that, in theory, should be able to handle data traffic fine, but that aren’t. There’s a flaw in how 3G networks handle peak traffic that has especially been hurting people living in big cities like New York and San Francisco. It’s been covered widely by mainstream media, but the real challenges have never reached the surface.
The easiest way to describe this specific challenge, is when you for instance try to use a network printer at work during a time when a lot of your colleagues are doing the same thing. You get stuck in a queue and nobody gets anything printed. That flaw has appeared in 3G networks in the recent years, ultimately forcing carriers to ramp up capacity to avoid such issues during peak traffic.
If mobile networks are rapidly turned into networks intended for wireless access to the Web like wireline access today, it’ll force carriers to drop all wireline investments and focus all its effort on wireless challenges. Believe us when we say it, it could ultimately set back the U.S. economy in a way no American can afford. Now is simply not the time to let wireless mess up wireline efforts.