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Wired networks have benefited from virtualization for years. The opportunities for wireless network virtualization are even bigger because wireless extends the Internet directly to people and things. Features and services will be applied where they are likely to have the greatest impact. Don't be surprised if virtual solutions prove to be better than the solutions that they replace.
Ira Brodsky is a St. Louis, Missouri-based consultant and the author of The History of Wireless: How Creative Minds Produced Technology for the Masses.