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Role of Social / Cooperation in Wireless Networks

Wireless networking is at the heart of everything to do with Internet going forward. Smartphones, tablets, computers, e-books, machines, appliances - all rely on the abundant availability of wireless connectivity. Yet today, the demand already well outpaces the availability of wireless supply. And Cisco (VNI Index) and Facebook predict that Internet use is going to grow at a clip of almost 2x per year for the next 10 years (or 30x more in 2018 and 1000x more in 2023), making the issue that much worse. Are we ready to pay 30x more or stop using wireless, or is there a better way?

Beyond wireless technology and architecture innovations creating more wireless capacity, there are a range of start-ups using social approaches and cooperative technology to get much much more out of the wireless and WiFi networks that we use every day.

If they are right, they may unlock enough capacity to address a major portion of that explosion... And permanently change the meaning of "wireless".

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  1. Please describe how your start-up is changing how we use and access wireless networks and WiFi.
  2. How important is this technology after-all? Does it create more wireless capacity? Does it allow users to access wireless connectivity in more situations? Does it create more efficiency in how we use wireless networks?
  3. In what specific way, do you leverage the tools of "social networking" and "cooperation" to achieve your solution?
  4. How do existing MVNOs (ie. Amazon, Virgin, Tracfone) and many others that would seem to fit the bill or have looked into it in the past (ie. Apple, Google, Facebook, Walmart) leverage your solutions? And how about the major brands?
  5. Wireless networking is traditionally the domain of the wireless carriers, CTIA, and MWC. How can you work with the SXSW community to achieve your goals?



Boris Bogatin, CEO, NearVerse

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