Archives for October 2015

How to tame network complexity

In a previous article, I discussed how telecoms is facing a growing complexity crisis. To resolve this crisis, a new approach is required. Here I explore how that complexity can be tamed.

The growing telco complexity crisis

The telecoms industry is facing a systemic problem of high operational complexity and excessive cost. We take a look at the root causes, and how to tackle them.

What does ‘telco paradise’ look like?

I want you to pause for a second, and think carefully about this one question: What was the greatest moment of professional achievement in your life? Hold that time in mind. Remember the feeling. How would you describe such ‘total success’ in your work?

‘Net neutrality’ died today. So what else, instead?

I have some good news to share. The European Parliament voted to reject the ‘net neutrality’ fundamentalist amendments to the already flawed proposals they had helped to create. The bad news is that the law that we now have is merely ludicrous, rather than insane. Furthermore, it doesn’t properly protect end users, hold ISP feet to the […]

An overview of ∆Q metrics, calculus and algebra for non-mathematicians

This third and final article completes our introduction to ∆Q and the new science of network performance. It follows on from the first and second articles.

The history and philosophy of ∆Q

This is the second in a series of articles introducing ∆Q, the breakthrough new science of network performance. For the first article, click here.

A beginner’s guide to ∆Q

I would like to offer you a different way of thinking about networks. The ∆Q framework (shortened to “ΔQ”) may be hard to type, but it’s quite easy to understand. As the ‘ideal’ metric, it is also rather useful, since it enables the precision engineering of performance and cost. In this three-part series, we will take a […]

Why telecoms regulators must ignore ‘lawgeneers’

My attention was drawn last night to the article Europe Is About to Adopt Bad Net Neutrality Rules. Here’s How to Fix Them by Barbara van Schewick from Stanford Law School.

The perception gap: the barrier to disruptive innovation in telecoms

The achievable ‘state of the possible’ in telecoms is a long way ahead the deployed ‘state of the art’. The new science of network performance (i.e. the ∆Q framework) enables a large leap in customer experience and cost. However, the perception among operators is that only relatively small, incremental improvements are within reach.

Why ΔQ is the ideal network metric

Broadband is a relatively new technology, and its underlying science is still being developed. We have long understood the ‘right’ units in other engineering disciplines: mass, length, hardness, etc. What is the ‘right’ unit for broadband?