China Mobile CEO says Wi-Fi should be default data connection

Wang Jianzhou, CEO of China Mobile, to the audience at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week that Wi-Fi should be the default for mobile users because  smartphones and tablets are killing cellular networks. At the opening keynote, he made the following remarks:

Sadly, the last point is what municipal wireless networks in the United States never got a chance to achieve. Municipalities in the US were trying to roll out these networks, a few years too early, before launch of the iPhone and the tsunami of Android phones.

In life, timing is everything: the massive demand from mobile users had not yet occurred and there was (and perhaps still is) not enough wired backhaul in the form of fiber networks. There are a few successful muni WiFi networks in the US, but I believe that most of them will be deployed outside the United States.