Last week I got a chance to visit the UK factory of the Formula One team Caterham which as you might guess isn’t the usual stomping ground for the Broadband World Series team. The reason for the visit though was to hear the story that Caterham had to tell – though in fact, it wasn’t really about Caterham – it’s about how using data cost effectively is increasingly important for individuals and companies round the world.
Earlier this year Google announced ‘Project Loon’. This, in case you missed it, is Google’s ‘crazy’ plan for bringing Internet access to the billions of people that don’t have it yet – using balloons.
It is becoming increasingly apparent that we are approaching the much-vaunted ‘nirvana’ of ubiquitous connectivity to media, content and web services hosted in the Cloud and accessed on any device, anywhere. This is being enabled by the emergence and convergence of key Web/IT technologies (virtualisation and SDN), key networking technologies (IP/MPLS, multi-tenancy) and key devices (tablets, smartphones and low cost/power M2M devices). But two key problems remain: the economics and the access.
As Tuesday arrives and we move deeper into the week, it’s time to stake stock of last week’s Broadband World Forum 2013, which took place once again in the bustling city of Amsterdam. It’s challenging to summarise a show that takes in such a broad range of subjects and technologies – it’s ‘broadband’ in every sense, with a focus on the nuts and bolts of delivering both fixed and wireless broadband, to blue-sky thinking on how network architecture, to discussions on the business cases for investments.
The third and final day of the Broadband World Forum, had the theme of smart cities at its heart, and we heard from a variety of speakers on the subject.
We’re here to celebrate the success that that industry is enjoying.” These were among the opening works from the Ulf Ewaldsson, the senior vice president, and chief technology officer of Ericsson, who kicked things off on Day Two of the Broadband World Forum.
The Broadband World Forum kicked off today in Amsterdam, and if attendees were in any doubt about the benefits of it being located in the city they were surely put […]