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Dave Molta’s Unwires FUD

One of the people I most respect in our industry is David Molta, the Senior Technology Editor for Network Computing who covers the mobile space as well as serves as an engineering professor at Syracuse University. In addition to running the most objective test team in the industry — and I am not saying it because we have done well by it; certainly we have felt the wrath of his pen as well — he is one of the best analysts and observers on the growth of the wireless marketplace.In his column last week in Network Computing Wireless FUD: Alive and Well,” he reflects on the emotional state customers must deal with after listening to Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt (FUD) from vendors. It’s worth perusing.http://www.networkcomputing.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=190302833He aptly notes “[t]he wireless network market is an industry that lives and dies by innovation, so fear, uncertainty and doubt are all things we have to learn to live and work with.”For those of us with a touch of gray, we also remember the reports in the mid-to-late eighties that predicted there would be only 1 million cell phones in the U.S. and cautioned telecom players from investing in this emerging segment.As my 11 year old son would say, Rock on Dave!

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