At 03:00 PM 8/15/03 -0400, WA2BPE wrote:
>And cell phones - ah, yes - was once again amazed at hearing an ABC (or was it
>CBS?) reporter in NYC last nite express ignorance as to why the cell
>down. Even here, where the power outage was spotty (I got lucky -
>it completely for less than 5 min. + 30 min. or so of wild fluctuations),
>systems were down for hours.
Interesting -- on ABC this morning it was stated as given that the cellular
telephone system is sized to support 20 percent of the subscribers in a
given cell actually using the system at a given moment; the report said
that last night downtown NY cells were at closer to 80 percent of
subscribers attempting calls simultaneously.
I just don't see an economic argument for BPL -- the same people who now
can't get DSL, or cable internet, and who don't chose to go satellite, make
up the hardest-to-serve, most-scattered constituency you can imagine. How
the power companies can think that points to a 50 percent market
penetration, ever, is beyond me.
73, Pete N4ZR
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