Is cost per bit a reliable metric for wireless data?

Monica Paolini As operators work to roll out faster, more advanced networks, they likely will keep a close eye on the cost of transmitting data over those new networks. Cost per bit is a useful metric to capture costs associated with the delivery of data, and make comparison across technologies, operators or markets. Yet cost per bit estimates cited as absolute values are often misleading or inaccurate, argues Senza Fili Consulting's Monica Paolini. At the very least, cost per bit estimates should be used only when the assumptions made to calculate them are known, which typically is not the case when using third-party estimates. Commentary