Don't worry - there are plenty of ways to grow optical capacity
Ron Kline, Principal Analyst, Network Infrastructure, OvumScientists at advanced optical research organizations are racing to improve WDM transmission capacity far beyond the capabilities of today’s systems. Increasing capacity can be achieved by manipulating technology in three separate domains: rate, frequency, and space. In preparation for March’s OSA OFC/NFOEC conference, Alcatel-Lucent’s New Jersey–based Bell Labs announced several successful lab experiments to increase wavelength capacity...
The net neutrality debate à la Française
New Zealand government overturns regulator’s decision on copper pricing
Analysing AT&T’s new paradigm going forward
A couple of weeks ago, AT&T unveiled its investment plans going forward and clarified the way it envisages wireline and wireless broadband in the coming years.
Teresa Mastrangelo has a blog post that clarifies the salient elements of the announcement. Another must-read (though longer and a bit more on the rambling side) is Dave Burstein’s
Latency certainly matters for video viewing…
Two scientists from Akamai recently published a paper entitled Video...
Google Fiber is finally here, but will it be a success?
Google has started to install its Fiber TV and broadband service in Hanover Heights, Kansas City, KS, giving residents in the US state internet of up to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps).
The search giant has expressed its desire to be part of the internet service provider (ISP) business since 2010, and more than 1100 cities had wanted to be part of the new Fiber service. Eventually however, Google chose Kansas City, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri, to test-drive the system.
The service offers a variety of...
Exploring the next-gen wearable devices market
According to the latest market study by Juniper Research, the next generation wearable devices market will be worth more than $1.5 billion by 2014 - that's up from just $800 million this year. Juniper says that these wearable device revenues will be largely driven by consumer spending on fitness, multi-functional devices, and healthcare applications. Classified as a future form-factor for computing devices, next generation wearables - including smart glasses and other head-mounted displays - will provide a multitude of functions either independently or in conjunction with a third party platform. Juniper identifies 2014 to be the...
TI’s network spin-off could still pose regulatory questions
By Luca Schiavoni, Analyst, Regulation
The Italian fixed incumbent Telecom Italia (TI) is looking to spin off its network. It would be owned by a separate company, of which TI would retain a controlling stake.
This move is likely to facilitate the removal of the remaining retail obligations on TI’s retail business (the Newco), although not immediately. The Italian regulator AGCOM should proceed to further deregulate the fixed retail market only after it has found evidence that TI no longer has SMP.
UK broadband regs change: State aid by any other name?
It would be an understatement from my part to stress that I don’t think broadband proceedings in the UK are going in the right direction.
It’s the prerogative of any private business – including incumbent BT – to focus on short term gains when it comes to enhancing their infrastructure, but it’s a lot more questionable when a government doesn’t look beyond the short-term either.
Furthermore, the BDUK process, by effectively eliminating anyone but BT and Fujitsu (and word on the street is...