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Reaching the Unreachable

Our web documentary series, The Network Effect, examines the pioneering spirit of the inventors and service providers who built the telecom network, and how the network is transforming economies especially in developing countries. It is that same innovative and creative spirit that is now building cloud computing.

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Digital Britain: Empowered by Video Collaboration

December 5, 2011 at 5:44 pm PST

I have written before about the proliferation of Video and how this has arrived in a big way; people everywhere are watching more video online.  They can choose when they watch their favourite TV shows, whether that is through their set-top box or web based players, such as the BBC iPlayer.

Consumers are producers as well – they’re making videos and sharing them faster than we can watch them. Video applications are also being adopted in the business world at an accelerated rate.

As an example, employee training is being conducted via VoD (Video on Demand) and company-wide communications can be easily recorded and distributed for team members to watch when they are able.

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A Network Built for Mom

When engineers set out to build the largest machine in the world, did they design the network’s capacity based on traditional product specifications, or was it driven by their mothers’ guilt?  In episode 3 of “The Network Effect” Steve Shepard shares some insight.

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M-Agriculture Empowers Farmers in Developing Economies

By Jason Kohn, Contributing Columnist

A while back, I wrote about the potential for mobile banking to create new opportunity and economic growth in developing countries. Now, I’d like to look at how a related application, mobile agriculture (m-agriculture), is transforming rural villages.

M-agriculture is about bringing mobile information access to rural communities and small-hold farmers. While the concept is still in its infancy, early implementations suggest it can make a big difference.

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Corny Technology: Welcome to Innovative Iowa

By Steven Shepard, Contributing Columnist

A couple of weeks ago I was in the bustling metropolis of Stanton, Iowa (population: 714), one of the most charming towns I have ever had the pleasure to visit. It is the home town of Mrs. Olson, the iconic figure in Folger’s Coffee commercials — which is why their water towers look so unique (see the photo insert below).

I was working with an independent telephone company client, one of about 1,300 in the U.S. — 250 of which are in Iowa. These independents are typically smaller phone companies, often family-owned, and almost always technologically-advanced.

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