Monthly Archives: March 2010

Not all fiber is created equal

http://arstechnica.com/telecom/news/2010/03/fiber-its-not-all-created-equal.ars (Shameless selfpromotion :-))

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Sign of the Times

The OECD has updated its methodology for constructing telecommunication price baskets.  Seems boring, but it shows two things: – the very detailed methodology for voice compared to the very rough methodology on broadband – superbroadband is apparently anything over 45 … Continue reading

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How Amsterdam was wired for FttH

Proud to present…. http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2010/03/how-amsterdam-was-wired-for-open-access-fiber.ars There is another article waiting in the wings on topology and path dependencies….

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Very elegant design

(Hat tip Dirk)

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The Aussies enforce fiber for new builds

If a government is determined to get a (fiber-based) Next Generation Network in its country it should take the necessary steps. Talk is cheap, actions speak loudly. The Aussies give the right example. The Australian Government has introduced a bill … Continue reading

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Mapumental

Mapumental is a site which supports mobility choices in a very attractive package.  You select a target site (postal code) and three criteria :  – how early do you want to leave to get at the target site at 9:00 … Continue reading

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DCMA : arbitrarily and broken

BoingBoing spotted a hilarious video of a French artist, imitating Michael Jackson using the song Billy Jean.  After a couple of days the video is removed from Youtube “due to terms of use violation”. In other words, a lawyer has … Continue reading

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Simple tech for sharing a lot…

Alex Butcher remarks: this is a simple technology which is excellent for sharing large files amongst your friends, much faster than P2P. A great bypass for countries that have draconic and ill-advised “three strikes laws”.

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Dutch mobile broadband is not competitive

The famous Berkman report has some critical comments on the Dutch mobile broadband market, as being underdeveloped. A recent comparison of prices between the UK and NL proves the point. Whereas we in the NL tend to describe the (fixed) broadband … Continue reading

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The trouble with wifi

I do not think the designers of wifi ever have envisioned the proliferation of access points.  The standard implementation is not particularly suited to a situation where many access points see each other.   A high level of adjacent “noise” … Continue reading

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