Advancement in wireless technology typically runs a 20-year lifecycle with a peak around year seven. For the last 30 years the focus has been about expanding coverage, lowering cost and providing a better quality of data service delivery (i.e. speed!). The next step in mobile technology, 5G, enables a transformational change similar to how the launch of mobile data brought innovation and opportunity to the market.
If there’s one thing that people are attached to, it’s their phones—and their phone numbers. Most of us take for granted the fact that we can keep the same number, regardless of whether we change wireless carriers or move to a different geographic region. That’s because local number portability (LNP) is a well-honed process that is virtually seamless to customers. Regardless of whether a customer buys a phone and service from the carrier directly or from a consumer electronics retailer, they experience the same carefully curated process. …Read the rest