The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. The recent revelation at Summit4Mobility that third generation wireless networks won’t hit Europe until 2004 – two years later than expected – shouldn’t be viewed as a devastating blow to the global mobile wireless industry. While the heads of the companies that spent billions of dollars on 3G bandwidth are shaking their heads in disbelief, a slower approach to 3G is good news for wireless application development and may actually benefit the industry as a whole.  Content providers and the applications developers need time to come up with compelling content and applications that will drive wide-spread consumer adoption of next generation wireless devices.  When it comes to 3G, there has been no shortage of hype and grand pronouncements, but as for what consumers really want and are willing to pay for, that’s still a great unknown. Even the Internet with its faster speeds and growing capabilities, has yet to find a consistent model for making money. The delay in Europe should also come as welcome news on this side of the Atlantic where wireless carriers have lagged behind their European counterparts in adding 2.5G GPRS and 1XRTT technologies to the rest of their networks. The delay will also provide North American spectrum policy makers with time to figure out how to best proceed with 3G and to come up with a sensible third generation policy that works for all of North America. That policy must be one that ensures roaming between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico by way of a harmonized spectrum assignment.  The Canadian government and industry are anxious to see 1700 MHz designated for 3G, but neither is able to move definitively because of the U.S. military’s desire to hold on to as much spectrum in that range as possible. Considering Secretary of State Colin Powell’s connections to the U.S. military, and his close family ties to the new head of the Federal Communications Commission, the opportunity for dialogue on how to accommodate next-generation wireless shouldn’t be all that difficult.