Opinion: What’s faster than superfast? A question of semantics

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This morning I watched the above speech by Göran Marby of Swedish regulator PTS. It meanders a bit, and (anecdotally) I was shocked by the apparent confusion between IP and Internet, but it makes some good points, and in particular it raises an important question about the future of networks. The assumption seems to be that the millions of devices that we predict to be connected will do so on the basis of a mobile network framework. But most of these devices won’t...

By Benoît FELTEN, 03 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband.

Is management T-Mobile USA’s layer of fat?

There’s an article in French magazine Challenges this week about Iliad and T-Mobile. It’s entitled “How Iliad-Free bluffed the Americans” (in French). As usual with the business press, it doesn’t actually answer the question, and by and large there’s little new in there. Still, there’s a quote that I found interesting in the context in which I view the potential acquisition, as described in my

By Benoît FELTEN, 16 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: N America, Networks, Operators.

2014: The year of emerging market connectivity, open access and smart cities

It is traditional for analysts to end a given year with an assessment of the major trends in that year and predict what the next year will be like. This year we thought we’d do a bit of that ourselves and update you on some of the things you can expect from us in the coming months.

Broadband and politics, unhealthy bedfellows

Probably the most significant news of 2013 in the broadband space will remain as the partial collapse of the Australian NBN. A highly political project from the start, its...

By Benoît FELTEN, 17 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Infrastructure, IoT, M2M.

Collaborative is the new black

Last week I had the opportunity to speak about Net Neutrality at two separate events organised for and around internet start-ups. The first was an informal gathering organised by the recently founded France Digitale, a structure devoted to carrying the voice of internet entrepreneurs to the...

By Benoît FELTEN, 22 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Industry, Research.

What it takes to compete with Over-The-Top television

For the last few weeks, I have been busy working on a big in-depth report on NGA services. Although its importance can sometimes be exaggerated, TV content is of course at the heart of NGA portfolio considerations, and I wanted to delve a little bit here into how I have examined that issue.

The notion that broadband providers are scared of on-demand TV is not new, and it’s an understatement. All of the...

By Benoît FELTEN, 18 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Entertainment, Europe, IPTV, Operators.

The monopoly magnate: One battle won...

As some of you may know, US incumbents and cable operators have been lobbying fiercely in the last few years to forbid local governments by law of investing in broadband infrastructure. This morning, one such bill which was to be voted by the Georgia legislature was repealed. I wanted to publish the comic strip that the opponents to the bill have been circulating, because I find it marvellous and sadly closer to reality than...

By Benoît FELTEN, 11 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Infrastructure, N America.

The net neutrality debate à la Française

Over the Seine

Since the recent (and thankfully short lived) decision by Free to block Google’s advertising content for users of their set-top box, the French net (from government to activists) has been abuzz. Even the international tech press has commented on what looks from the outside...

By Benoît FELTEN, 16 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Fiber Optic, Networks.

Is Eric Schmidt, the new escapist?

Someone hinted at me recently that one of the reasons Google didn’t want to invest in peering / transit in France – leading to some of the disagreements on who should bare the cost of it as currently investigated by French regulator ARCEP – was that establishing more technical presence in a market would force them to shift the status of their...

By Benoît FELTEN, 13 December 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Government, Industry.

Orange fights back with latest announcements… intelligently!

Over the years I’ve been fairly critical of Orange both in the way they captured the next generation access (NGA) market and contributed to its slowing down in France and in the way they took a quasi-systematic anti-net neutral stance, even against their own best interests.

Their latest service announcements, however, show a change of tracks, and one that I find interesting and mostly compliant with Net Neutrality. That’s not to say they’re not pushing the envelope, but at least they seem to...

By Benoît FELTEN, 27 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Government, Net Neutrality, Networks, Operators.

How to fix broadband as a service

Martin Geddes is one of the smartest brains in the business, and a good friend. That doesn’t stop us from disagreeing on a number of things (business related), the chief one being the notion that internet in general and IP routing specifically are broken and need fixing. That being said, and while I’m open to hearing any well constructed argument – even those I think I’ll disagree with – I never understood the technology reasoning behind that...

By Benoît FELTEN, 20 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Industry.

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.

Google Fiber: not as revolutionary as we thought?

 Yesterday was the big day that Google announced its Kansas City Google Fiber launch. I wasn’t available for the live broadcast, but from what I’ve had the time to read the announcement is rather underwhelming. I will however reserve full judgment until I’ve had time to look into it more thoroughly.

There are three aspects where Google was expected to strongly disrupt things: services, costs and...

By Benoît FELTEN, 27 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Fiber Optic, Google.