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Whoa: You might pay just a $1 for a daily gigabyte in 2020

“By 2020 the average person will download one gigabyte of personalised data each day, and it will be delivered for less than $1 a day.”

That’s a striking comment from┬áHossein Moiin, CTO of Nokia Siemens Networks(s nok)(s si). Not only does it speak to the enormous growth in our data needs through this decade, but also to a more intelligent, personalized web. Obviously, the trend is that we’re downloading more data to our mobile devices, but we’ll also be uploading additional preferences, favored activities and other bits that will further shape our mobile web experience.

As for handling the growth in demand, Moiin is specifically talking about LTE, which is relatively new as a mobile broadband technology, but one with legs, as 200 new LTE networks are expected to launch by 2015. And LTE will gain additional efficiencies with new releases going forward. That’s important because so far, the promised savings from LTE hasn’t yet filtered down to consumers. Moiin suggests it will by 2020, but not only through cost reductions. Operators will need a little revenue help from value-add services for that dollar-a-day plan.

6 Responses to “Whoa: You might pay just a $1 for a daily gigabyte in 2020”

    • Thanks ano, but the price is only part of the equation here. Does that one dollar get LTE-like wireless speeds of 20 Mbps or more? Is the connection fast enough to pull down a GB of data in a single day? That’s the other half of this scenario.

  1. BeyondtheTech

    I’m gonna call BS on this one. Every hopeful prediction forgets the corporate greed that follows.

    I recall back in the early 90’s when Cellular One was interviewed in a magazine and they said that ‘if it wasn’t for cloning, cellular calls would be a penny a minute, and we would eliminate landline service permanently.’

    Well, our cellular monthly bills are as large as ever, with mandatory data packages and calls still over 5 cents a minute when averaged.

    When CDs and DVDs came out on their own timeframes, the industry said that costs would be so much cheaper and quicker to manufacture and produce than cassettes and LPs, and VHS tapes, respectively. Well, DVDs have never been cheaper than their VHS movie counterparts, and CDs are still more expensive than their cassette albums.