Jan
25
2015

Near Zero Pricing and the Internet of Things

Lots of things are possible if you rip and order or two of magnitude out of the cost of enabling technologies or whole products. The Internet of Things is possible because we have reduced some sensor costs about 50 percent in a decade. At the same time, computing device energy efficiency has doubled about every 1.5 years. Also, bandwidth costs have dropped 40 times in 10 years, while processing costs have dropped 60 percent. In […]

Jan
25
2015

How Much Demand for Fixed Line Voice Actually Exists?

Some issues never seem to fully be resolved. Whether consumers “prefer” a la carte or bundled services is such a question. How much demand there really is for some services is another related question. Service providers sometimes argue that consumers “want one bill” rather than three or four bills. It is argued that consumers want bundles of shows and channels. And it is clear that consumers prefer to save money, which is the primary attraction […]

Jan
25
2015

When does the Internet "Disappear"

Truly ubiquitous technologies and networks are invisible. Think of electricity in a developed country, compared to electricity availability in a developing country. Think of wastewater systems, drinking water systems or road networks and refueling stations. The point is that when a technology or network truly becomes ubiquitous, it is simply taken for granted, and is not something any human being needs to think about before doing anything that assumes the existence of the infrastructure. Wi-Fi […]

Jan
24
2015

WAN Industry Now Touches Addressable Market 6 Times Bigger

Global Cloud XChange CEO Bill Barney argues that the wide area networking industry “now is the computer bus.” What he means is that data now moves between peripherals and processors and storage over the wide area network, as cloud computing becomes the new paradigm for computing.Where one might have argued that the addressable market for WAN transport providers was perhaps $232 billion in 2012, the addressable market now is much bigger. In fact, Barney argues, […]

Jan
24
2015

Co-Mo Moving Ahead with Final Phases of Broadband Plan

TIPTON, MO — The Co-Mo Electric Cooperative and Co-Mo Connect announced plans to move forward with the final two phases of the four-phase plan to bring Co-Mo Connect and its gigabit connection speeds to the entire service territory. The vote ensures that the original intent of the project — to make the fiber-to-the-home Internet, television and telephone service available to all Co-Mo members — will be fulfilled. Phases 3 and 4 will be combined into […]

Jan
24
2015

BARC Begins First Phase of FTTp Project in Virginia

MILLBORO, VA — BARC Electric Cooperative announced the first phase of a fiber-to-the-premises project, leveraging BARC’s existing electric infrastructure to deliver ultra-high-speed Internet, telephone and cable television services. BARC will deliver these services through its wholly-owned subsidiary, BARConnects, which will own and operate the network. Michael Keyser, BARC’s CEO and general manager, said, “This project is a groundbreaking project for the state of Virginia and will make us the first electric cooperative in Virginia to offer […]

Jan
24
2015

Connected Car is Probably the Best Vertical for Incremental Mobile Connections

The coming Internet of Things both illustrates the financial upside for many participants and the potential issues for Internet service providers. IoT, most assume, will eventually be very big. In the 1990s, one billion people connected to the Internet with desktop computers and laptops. In the first decade of the 21st century, two billion people connected to the Internet with mobile phones. By 2015, according to Cisco Systems, 25 billion things will be connected to […]

Jan
24
2015

Mobile Networks Generate 80% of All Internet Traffic

With access to unlicensed spectrum, mobile networks probably would collapse.  Globally, about 80 percent of all Internet data is generated by the mobile network, says Robert Pepper, Cisco VP. Wi-Fi offload is about 66 percent of all mobile data consumption, and will reach 71 percent within about five years. Mobile service providers might still prefer to operate their businesses using licensed spectrum, but unlicensed spectrum now is necessary, since the mobile network likely could not […]

Jan
24
2015

Nigerian Mobile Retailer Loans Minutes of Use

Sustainable business models are a challenge for mobile and Internet service providers in South Asia, Southeast Asia and Africa where many would-be customers are hard to reach and cannot afford to pay too much for service. As with products such as laundry detergent, mobile minutes of use are sold in bite-sized quantities.  Mobile usage typically is sold on a prepaid basis. So customers limit use when their prepaid cards approach the limit. That will tend […]

Jan
24
2015

Verizon automatically updating new Quantum gateway

Verizon provided its software-upgradeable FiOS Quantum Gateway with its first set of new features, the most prominent of which is guest Wi-Fi, which the company gushes is “perfect for gatherings or businesses.” The company said it has begun automatically updating those FiOS Quantum Gateways it has already deployed. With the Guest Wi-Fi feature, Verizon said, customers can: Read more about Verizon automatically updating new Quantum gateway Comments

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