Omari from Virginia was one of the runner up winners in our Connected Life contest. His idea was to take all of the mash-up sites available on the web (such as those that blend applications such as realtor listings and a satellite map), mash them up further and making it mobile. You can read more about it here. Think of it as a presence-based facebook-google-linkedin-tomtom application for your handset so that as you move, the network can alert you to the things you care about and help give you a better experience. I can imagine something like this telling me:
“œGreat sushi place ahead”"œTurn right to make it to your meeting on-time”"œDave’s in town, too, and is only a block away”(If it could also tell me when I am wearing mismatched socks or have a piece of apple stuck in my teeth, that would be a bonus-)
All of these applications are available on their own on the web and represent the first wave of mash-ups; Omari is taking it two steps further by blending the already blended applications even further, effectively making an infinite number of possibilities to customize it to your interests and needs. And by making it mobile, it personalizes the experience even further, allowing the network to move with you instead of you moving to the network.A couple of years ago, one of my closest friends was college was staying at a hotel a block away from me as we both were in London on business for the week. Since we live thousands of miles apart, it would have been a great opportunity to meet, catch up, and admittedly have a couple of pints (John Smith’s Extra Smooth Bitter for me, please). Unfortunately, we didn’t realize the coincidence until a month or two later on a phone conversation. It was a great opportunity lost. Omari’s idea would help to minimize the chance of that happening again and showcases the increasing relevance that network can have on lives, wherever we may be.
In my last post, I explained how integrating IP and DWDM layers closer together helps providers to scale their core networks. Last week, the world’s largest computer festival got underway and proved the IPoDWDM technology’s ability to deliver on that promise.DreamHack Winter 2007 just ended at Ja¶nka¶ping in Sweden with around 10,000 attendees plugging their own computers to the network specially setup for the event. It’s focused on everything you can do with computers, a lot of gaming and communication, but also programming, designing, music composing, plus a variety of other activities. The hunger of these bandwidth-gorging, network-gaming attendees knows no bounds. And thus, at the core of the network lies the world’s fastest router -Cisco CRS-1. TeliaSonera, the bandwidth provider for DreamHack, chose to deploy this router at the two locations of Ja¶nka¶ping and Stockholm interconnecting the 300 kilometers distance by 40Gbps IPoDWDM technology. This event attracts die-hard gaming enthusiasts from Europe and further beyond. It is billed by the Guinness World Records as the world’s largest LAN party. In Sweden DreamHack has broken into the top 12 sporting events nationally. Players are looking to compete in the popular World of Warcraft championships, QuakeWorld and Counter-Strike tournaments.A long time back it was Greece, and in this century Sweden. Is this the beginning of the new e-Olympics?
With this post, I bring you to the letter C. In my two earlier posts, I emphasized how service providers, in order to become experience providers, need to follow the ABCs: Adopt a Connected Life, Boldly innovate, and Change the equation. This entry will focus on changing the math and equations!Quad-play (data + voice + video + mobility) is too limiting. It is all about delivering a seamless experience of any service, to any device, to any location. To do this, we need to change the math to: ‘data x voice x video x mobility’ =”any-play” Read More »
In the past, the typical SP business model was built around the notion of vertical integration -with the assumption that all essential elements of a service were created within the SP organization.However, many believe that the future will likely include a variety of new SP business models — some requiring extensive open collaboration with business partners.Cisco sponsored the recent Telco 2.0 Executive Brainstorm event in London, which was devoted to the topic of new business models for telecoms, media and technology. Cisco’s Ross Fowler was interviewed, during the event. He describes how Cisco’s open innovation strategy will help SPs make the transition to an IP NGN-based experience provider. Read More »
A lot has been written about a downloadable conditional access system (DCAS) in the cable industry (including a post I wrote a few weeks ago), but what’s going on over on the telecom side of the video marketplace? In the IPTV arena, we’re working through the issues relevant to secure download within the IPTV Interoperability Forum (IIF). Our approach will use some similar technologies to what DCAS is delivering for cable, but it is not the same technical solution. The target of the IIF (which is one of the committees of ATIS, the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions), is to deliver what is called”initial closure” of our first version of this secure, open-specification download stack by the end of 2007. The work is taking place within the Digital Rights Management Task Force which is one of 4 active IIF Task Forces. Some current IPTV set-tops have a proprietary download mechanism that is not secured by hardware. This makes these set-tops less secure than the DCAS approach over on the cable side since DCAS calls for downloading into very secure hardware. The ATIS IIF downloadable solution under development will allow use of secure hardware but not mandate it. Read More »