True open standards are important for both developers and users because they democratise technology. This is critically important for the elimination of anti-competitive business practices from vendors of proprietary hardware, software and services.
Single source risk is well recognised throughout the technology sector and frequently multi-vendor support is a prerequisite. Weightless technology is uniquely open source at both the endpoint and network ends of the link. Other technologies may offer open source designs of endpoints with several alternative vendors offering product but ultimately no choice over which network operator provides the connectivity and no option to operate a network independently. Other proprietary technology vendors hold a monopoly position on silicon. Only Weightless technology is an open standard.
History has unequivocally demonstrated that only true open standards are ultimately sustainable in the long term. No proprietary wireless technology has ever remained viable beyond the near term. The reasons are clear.
Open standards promote competition which ensures that costs are always minimised. Open standards stimulate innovation through the competitive environment in which they operate. This means that technologies continuously evolve and improve, not stagnate. And open standards promote multiple vendor options which mitigates risk.
Weightless standards are published now. A ‘commitment’ to contribute towards or otherwise ‘support’ an open standard concept in the future does not provide technology adopters with any security.