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Does a mobile network – cable TV network marriage make sense?

Does a mobile network – cable TV network marriage make sense?

Posted 30 March 2014 | By | Categories: Uncategorized | Comments Off on Does a mobile network – cable TV network marriage make sense?

Vodafone has being buying cable TV assets in several European countries and in France the cable TV group Altice has bought the French mobile operator SFR. Delivering TV programmes to a TV set appears to have nothing in common with delivering a telephone call to a mobile. So what is the commercial or strategic logic of a mobile network operator getting together with a cable TV network operator?

What’s the market for 5G?…follow the money

What’s the market for 5G?…follow the money

Posted 01 March 2014 | By | Categories: Uncategorized | Comments Off on What’s the market for 5G?…follow the money

People may have forgotten the film “All the President’s Men” starring Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redgrave but everyone knows the expression coined in that film…that if you want to find the answer “follow the money”. The answer we want to know today, as we set our research objectives for 5G, is what the market drivers are going to be for 5G. We need to finish with a globally harmonised technology that mobile network operators (who comprise “the market” for 5G networks) will want to buy.

LTE has too many frequency bands – endangering global connectivity

LTE has too many frequency bands – endangering global connectivity

Posted 02 February 2014 | By | Categories: Mobile Intrastructure | Comments Off on LTE has too many frequency bands – endangering global connectivity

LTE is a triumph of standardisation at the silicon chip level. Never has the world been so converged on a common mobile technology future. But LTE has been much less successful at the Radio Frequency level. LTE has been specified in too many frequency bands. There are in 30 different frequency bands for the FDD version of LTE and 14 for the TDD version. Just what problems are we storing up in the future by this alarming proliferation of 4G frequency bands?

Ofcom’s Mobile Spectrum Innovation Gap

Ofcom’s Mobile Spectrum Innovation Gap

Posted 30 July 2012 | By | Categories: Uncategorized | Comments Off on Ofcom’s Mobile Spectrum Innovation Gap

It was not meant to be. A well respected Cambridge entrepreneurial innovator had a dream of Ofcom taking one of the 2.6 GHz channels to be auctioned for general mobile network use and instead making it widely available for a new generation of low power indoor femto-cells

When is Competition just an Alice in Wonderland world of make-believe?

When is Competition just an Alice in Wonderland world of make-believe?

Posted 01 July 2012 | By | Categories: Uncategorized | Comments Off on When is Competition just an Alice in Wonderland world of make-believe?

For the past 30 years politicians, regulators and officials have led simple lives. No matter what the problem…privatisation, competition and free markets have been the answer. Take the specific case of competition. It has become an act of faith that more competition is always a good thing. But has this been true in every case? The Electricity market is a good case study where competition delivers considerably less than we are led to believe..

Content Piracy and the war over the future soul of the Internet

Content Piracy and the war over the future soul of the Internet

Posted 28 January 2012 | By | Categories: Internet Broadband, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Content Piracy and the war over the future soul of the Internet

The makers and shapers of the future Internet will be innovation, market forces and regulation. There is now a political fault line between vested interests who want to import all the real world of regulation (and more) onto the Internet and those that want to preserve the original regulation free climate that has been so powerful in propelling rapid innovation. Just where is the right balance to be struck between innovation, market forces and regulation

The Year the Mobile Telephone Lost its Way

The Year the Mobile Telephone Lost its Way

Posted 31 December 2011 | By | Categories: Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Year the Mobile Telephone Lost its Way

As we look back on a momentous 2011 it will be remembered for many  transformational events and well down on in this list will be the tipping point when the old mobile telephone industry lost its mobile leadership crown to the IT industry. The headlines over 2011 map out the big events…

UK NVQ Vocational Qualifications – Turning Around a Branding Disaster

UK NVQ Vocational Qualifications – Turning Around a Branding Disaster

Posted 01 November 2011 | By | Categories: Industrial Policy | Comments Off on UK NVQ Vocational Qualifications – Turning Around a Branding Disaster

Vocational qualifications are widely perceived as a booby prize for those that fail to make the grade along the purely academic route instead of their rightful place as valued qualifications for a wide variety of useful skills and trades. Everyone knows this but nobody has the balls to do a proper marketing job of vocational qualifications…

Technology and  the English Riots

Technology and the English Riots

Posted 31 August 2011 | By | Categories: Disaster Planning, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Technology and the English Riots

Facebook, Twitter and the Blackberry messenger services have been under the spot light for their use in the English riots and the temporary loss of police control of our street What has largely escaped public scrutiny is the role of old technology (television) in triggering the parallel riots outside of London and stretching police resources to their limit. If technology is causing a shift of competitive advantage between the mass law breaking and law enforcement (the police) it is important that we look at the technology landscape as a whole and not just the bits that excite public interest.

Middle East, Modern Communications and Chaos Theory

Middle East, Modern Communications and Chaos Theory

Posted 01 March 2011 | By | Categories: Uncategorized | Comments Off on Middle East, Modern Communications and Chaos Theory

Just exactly what has been the role of the various modern communications technologies and should we all be sharing the universal assumption that the role of the Internet (Face Book and Twitter in particular) in these political events has been a force of enlightenment and therefore a good thing? Without doubt repressive regimes around the world will be studying this question with some urgency.

The wrong sort of WiFi

The wrong sort of WiFi

Posted 30 January 2011 | By | Categories: Uncategorized | 1 Comment

We are at one of those turning points in mobile network history regarding the future direction of super fast mobile broadband (delivered user speeds of 10 to 100 Mbits/s). There are good technical reasons to see WiFi as a key building block but not if customer encryption gets in the way of aggregating millions of WiFi coverage cells into semi-contiguous mobile coverage…

Is Disaster Planning failing to keep up with communications technology?

Is Disaster Planning failing to keep up with communications technology?

Posted 01 January 2011 | By | Categories: Disaster Planning | Comments Off on Is Disaster Planning failing to keep up with communications technology?

Why, in an era when we have never been so rich in all the means of communications, have we seen three instances in the UK at the end of 2010 where a total breakdown in communications has occurred between major organisations and tens of thousands of their affected customers? The centre piece of a disaster communications strategy is not just to inform those affected what is happening but what the victims need to do for themselves to assist in the disaster recovery process…