Future of Broadband workshop presentation

ITU Telecom World 2013, Bangkok

I have uploaded the presentation from the Future of Broadband workshop I co-delivered at ITU Telecom World 2013 in Bangkok .

It argues that:

  • ‘Bandwidth’ is no longer a helpful resource model for broadband.
  • The resulting addiction to peak speed is pushing the industry into an economic and technical death spiral.
  • What we really need to pay attention to is ‘quality’, i.e. bounding loss and delay. Network-influenced QoE depends on this, and nothing else.
  • The central issue is thus the scheduling of access to resources, which reallocates this loss and delay.
  • By using the ‘quality’ resource model we can properly characterise demand, and then construct appropriate supply to meet it.
  • The result is a network that delivers better user experiences at a much lower cost.
  • We can (only) escape the death spiral by changing to such a demand-led business and technical model.

The ITU themselves have a write-up — “eye-opening, evangelical and extremely well attended” — to be found here (scroll down).

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