Hypervoice: The fundamental flaw in the proposal

MartingeddesI am a huge fan of Martin Geddes, but he and I disagree fundamentally on one key part of what he is now calling "hypervoice".
NOTE: Listen to Martin discussing his idea here

To back up a bit, Martin has always been one of the "big thinkers" in realm of VoIP and telephony/telecom. Way back in mid-2000s when a number of us all started writing about VoIP, Martin's Telepocalypse blog was brilliant. He was always thinking about the "big picture" and drawing connections where they were not already apparent.

His work with "Telco 2.0" was excellent and it was no surprise when he went to work for BT looking at their strategy. Now that he is back out on his own as a consultant, I'm a subscriber to his "Future of Communications" email newsletter (subscribe on

By Dan York, 16 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Industry, VoiP.

ARCEP favours an uncomplicated, flexible approach to net neutrality

By James Robinson, Associate Analyst, Regulation & Policy

On September 20, 2012 ARCEP, the French telecoms regulator, submitted to the French government and parliament its report on net neutrality.

ARCEP is just one of many regulators to engage with this issue, which has become progressively more important for stakeholders as the volume of Internet traffic has increased, leading to questions regarding control.

Certain positions on transparency and network management have become widely accepted, although...

By Ovum Research, 27 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Government, Net Neutrality, Networks, Regulation.

Broadband still too expensive for developing nations, warns ITU

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has revealed in their latest report that the cost of getting broadband outweighs monthly incomes in 19 of the world’s poorest countries.

The 100 page report, entitled “The State of Broadband 2012: Achieving Digital Inclusion for All” has detailed a county-by-country analysis on how global broadband deployment was being achieved – or, in the case of some nations, not being...

By James Bourne, 26 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Research.

How WebRTC will disrupt telecom (and change the Internet)

Old phoneIf we step back to before 1993, publishing and finding content on the Internet was a somewhat obscure, geeky thing that a very few people cared about and very few knew how to do.

It involved gopher servers, ftp sites, archie, veronica, WAIS, USENET newsgroups, etc., and this "World-Wide Web" service primarily demonstrated via the server at info.cern.ch.

It was an amazing period of time for those of us who were there, but the number of users was quite small.

Then NCSA released Mosaic in 1993 ... and suddenly everything changed.

Anyone could create a web page that "regular" people could see on their computers. Anyone could download Mosaic and use it. Anyone could share their sites with the installation of server software.

The Web was truly born into public consciousness... the creation of Web-based content was democratised so that anyone could do it... the creativity of developers was unleashed... a zillion new business models were thought of... and the Internet fundamentally...

By Dan York, 19 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Developers, VoiP.

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...

By Benoît FELTEN, 12 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Europe, Fiber Optic.

OnLive and the sad lesson of online’s (near) demise

I remember back in 2002-2003 looking at all those online TV concepts and (as a potential customer) finding it amazing to have so much choice and access to niche content that mainstream media would never offer.

In France there was a company called Canal Web which offered really amazing stuff. They folded in 2003: the quality of content delivery over the broadband that was available at the time...

By Benoît FELTEN, 04 September 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Cloud, Fiber Optic.

Hong Kong beats South Korea to broadband speed crown

Hong Kong has overtaken South Korea in having the fastest broadband in the world for both mobile and fixed connections.

The latest State of the Internet report from content delivery providers Akamai showed that Hong Kong’s average peak connection speed hit 49.2Mbps in the first quarter of 2012, with long-time leader South Korea relegated to second place with 47.8Mbps.

These two nations were streets ahead of Japan (39.5), Romania (38.8) and Latvia (33.5) who comprised the top five peak speeds.

South...

By James Bourne, 15 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, Broadband.

10 megatrends for mobile operators on the prepaid market

Even though by far the largest part of many mobile operators’ customer bases are today using prepaid products, the prepaid market has hardly developed strategically since the launch of the very first prepaid products many years ago.

When we examine the prepaid market, there is little doubt that many operators are seeing their prepaid business case develop negatively; and that what was once good business is developing into a less attractive business area, with operators in many countries fighting to move...

By Strand Consult, 10 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Mobile, Operators.

Infonetics: Mobile network services market will grow to $976bn

Infonetics Research has released its latest report on the mobile network service provider ecosystem, which tracks operator subscribers and revenue derived from pre-paid and post-paid mobile broadband data, voice, and messaging services. "The mobile world is undeniably shifting from voice to data, as mobile operators migrate as many subscribers as they can to data service plans and smartphones," says Stephane Teral, principal analyst for mobile infrastructure and carrier economics at Infonetics Research. Already in North America and...

By David H. Deans, 30 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, Broadband, Mobile, N America.

Brazilian regulator looks at QoS regs on broadband speed

By Luca Schiavoni,Associate Analyst, Regulatory Telecoms, Ovum

The Brazilian regulator Anatel has recently passed rules that set minimum quality of service (QoS) levels for fixed and mobile operators. Perhaps surprisingly, the regulator has set the same minimum performance requirements for both fixed and mobile broadband connections. The regulation of fixed broadband is not unexpected, despite its relatively early adoption compared to other countries....

By Ovum Research, 10 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Government, LATAM.

Will China Mobile offer fiber-to-the-home?

Within a year, people in China could apply for fiber-to-the-home service from China Mobile.

No, this is not a typo. Reports say the largest wireless operator is within arm’s reach to receive a broadband license and is quietly gearing up construction of optical transport networks and access networks.

In late 2011, speculation began to circulate that the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) was reassessing the notion of “full-service” operator as a means to break through the...

By Dr Lin Sun, 02 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, China, Fiber Optic, Industry.

WBA trials advanced next generation hotspots for 2013

The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), in collaboration with major TELCOs including Telefonica and AT&T, has revealed a series of trials of next generation hotspots (NGH) with the aim of providing more public Wi-Fi access points worldwide.

The WBA’s ambition is “to secure an outstanding user experience through the global deployment of next-generation Wi-Fi”, and it has gotten a who’s who of telecommunications on board.

Other providers include BT, China Mobile and Time Warner Cable,...

By James Bourne, 28 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Operators, WiFi, Wireless.

Broadband take-up passes 600m mark as China grows and grows

Figures prepared by UK-based analysts Point Topic and published by The Broadband Forum have revealed that worldwide broadband subscription has exceeded 600 million users.

The figure – which is more than the populations of the United States and Brazil combined and accounts for approximately 8.5% of the world’s population – was passed in the first quarter of 2012, according to the report.

This resulted in an increased subscriber base of over 16 million lines during the first quarter with Asia...

By James Bourne, 22 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, China, IPTV, Research.

AT&T was good at seeing the future, not at executing on it...

A few weeks back at the Alcatel Lucent analyst event, author Douglas Coupland treated us to a post-dinner speech on visions of the future. It was an interesting moment, but the highlight for me was these video adverts that he showed from AT&T back in 1993.

What's really interesting to me is that if you project back, it took a fair bit of vision to actually anticipate some of these changes, and if you look closely, every single one of them came true. What's even more interesting to me is that AT&T (or more generally telcos) have virtually no stake in any of those. I've compiled a table to look at who is the key...

By Benoît FELTEN, 20 June 2012, 13 comments. Categories: Broadband, Industry, Operators.

European Commission stresses greater investment in telecoms

The annual Digital Agenda Scoreboard has seen the European Union in pragmatic mood, with the EU stating that while there is a demand for digital expanse, the operation is being undercut by inadequate investment.

Neelie Kroes, vice president of the European Commission, said that Europe was “shooting itself in the foot” because of underfunding and stressed more money be put in to telecommunications infrastructure.

Kroes said: “Europeans are hungry for digital technologies and more digital...

By James Bourne, 18 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Europe, Government.

When perfection does matter

While we often argue against the need for perfection, there is definitely a time and a place when it's required and any discussion about TELCOs should at least try to recognise this.

Although today we see many services as non-essential, just useful and, possibly, fun, it's easy to forget that TELCO networks deliver some fundamental services that can have a critical role to play in our lives.

There...

By Redmill Communications, 24 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Marketing, Operators.

Beware of broadband monopoly, small TELCOs warn

Alternative TELCOs have called on the European Commission to lower wholesale charges and have warned that unless the “copper gravy train” is put to an end, broadband services will revert to the monopolies of before.

Under what they called “discriminatory conduct” from the bigger firms, the European Competitive Telecommunication Association (ECTA) asserted that the larger providers are ripping smaller TELCOs off for their legacy copper infrastructure.

According to ECTA, this in turn is...

By James Bourne, 22 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Europe, Fiber Optic.

UK broadband targets face £1bn shortfall

A report from the London School of Economics predicts that the UK government’s plans for universal access to fast broadband will face a £1.1bn ($1.8bn) shortfall unless private investors step in.The report states that the likely cost of meeting the targets (which stipulate 100 per cent access to fast broadband and 90 per cent access to superfast broadband by 2015) will come to £2.4bn, but funding from all public sources will come to £1.3bn.“The government target of 100 per cent coverage by basic...

By Connected Numbers, 10 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Fiber Optic, Networks, Wireless.