Archives for April 2014

Why we need antifragile applications and polyservice networks

The radical idea of ‘antifragility’, proposed by the polymath scholar Nassim Taleb, has significant implications for telecommunications. Last December I tweeted a profound thought, originally expressed by my colleague Peter Thompson, who is CTO of Predictable Network Solutions Ltd. It joins the idea of antifragility back to packet networking: “A polyservice network enables the ‘optionality’ that every antifragile […]

The illusion of benevolent broadband teleology

“Inside every router on the Internet, there is processor, which has some little-known and most magical properties. As each layer of atoms is laid down upon the silicon substrate, a Tibetan monk nearby prays that it will serve its new network masters well. Then, as the assembled equipment is packaged for customer delivery, traces of […]

How ‘hazards’ drive broadband economics

The kernel of the recent Fit-for-Business Broadband workshop that I co-hosted was a model of how the broadband business creates value for users. This newsletter presents the model, and points out a few things that are not so obvious in prospect, but are useful to think about when considering broadband economics. What is perhaps most valuable is […]

Why voice is the next big internet wave

I have written a guest article for Gigaom on why voice is the next big thing in communications. It suggests eight “megatrends” that will change how we relate to voice: Available every “wear.” Private and secure. Smartphone-native. Application-embedded features. Beyond the “call.” Augmented memory & total recall. Your intelligent voice assistant. Accessible to all.

EU votes to protect Google and Netflix from telecoms charges

Google, Netflix and other internet companies are celebrating a political victory over telecoms network operators after MEPs approved legislation that would ban extra charges for delivering particular types of data such as video. Interesting article by By Christopher Williams, Technology, Media and Telecoms Editor.  Read on to hear my views on the subject. Read More  

The Great Telco Debate

The Great Telco Debate – London, 26th June I have agreed to participate in what I feel will be one of the most interesting telecoms conferences of 2014.It is The Great Telco Debate, a series of staged (and potentially heated) conversations about the future of telecoms. The participants are the industry’s top independent analysts, so you’re getting a fresh […]

Fit-for-Business Broadband Workshop slides

Fit-for-Business Broadband Workshop – Summary Slides I have uploaded selected introduction and summary slides from the Fit-for-Business Broadband workshop I facilitated last week. The workshop is concerned with how to build, buy and sell business broadband services. It explains the key issues, and gives outline answers to the core questions.