Meet me at Data Centres Regional Forum

September 16, 2011

Next Monday, 19 September I am moderating the evening session “Fibre and Connectivity” of the Data Centres Southern  Europe & Eastern Mediterranean Regional Forum. The session aims at highlighting the commercial and strategic opportunities of data centers located in Southern Europe and East Mediterranean. The area is strategically situated between Europe, Africa and the Middle [...]

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GIG.U launched by 50 universities in the States

August 23, 2011

In the 28th of July the GIG.U initiative was launched in the US. From the information released so far, GIG.U assumes the role of the intermediary between the local communities around the participating universities and the telecommunications operators. In a nutshell, GIG.U will aggregate demand and then call operators to bid and compete to serve [...]

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Franchising 101

August 9, 2011

It has been a while since I posted on the blog. I am happy to break the radio silence to let you know about the newest report I wrote for Diffraction Analysis. It is called “The virtues and limitations of FTTP franchise models” and analyzes the fundamentals of contemporary franchising in the telecommunications business. Franchising [...]

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Telstra strikes a mega-deal with the Government

June 23, 2011

The long awaited negotiations between the Australian Government and Telstra came to a successful end according to The deal involves AUS 11 billion and breaks down to:

9 billions for accessing Telstra infrastructure – including pits and ducts – to avoid duplication; and
2 billions towards dealing with structural separation issues, including setting up a new [...]

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High on Fiber

May 24, 2011

This is an excellent report that compares fiber deployments and in particular the reasoning behind it in  USA and Europe. The cases of open access networks in the Netherlands and UK are presented vis-a-vis the integrated approach of AT&T and Verizon dominating the US.
This is a great reference point. Special thanks to @hermanwagter, who is [...]

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Semantics, Relevancy & Internet Freedom

May 4, 2011

The next big thing in the web is going to be semantics and personalization. While the current “version” of the web (i.e. 2.0) focuses on collaboration, user generated content and information sharing, web 3.0 aims at creating (ideally in an autonomic and automatic way) information from scattered data in different locations. There’s a bunch of [...]

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Broadband Prime’s Top 10 Articles of All Times

May 4, 2011

I was doing a little houskeeping on the blog the other day and decided to check up on the stats. It’s been quite a while since the last time I did that and found many interesting facts.
Here’s something nice: the top 10 articles in Broadband Prime, ordered by popularity. Only one is in “My Favorites” [...]

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Can we make rural broadband happen?

April 27, 2011

I spent a few days during Easter in the country side. I stayed in a small town where a big battle was fought 2.500 years ago, Marathon.
The town is less than an hour drive, north east from the capital and lies just outside the new real estate Greenfield development of the metropolitan area of Athens. [...]

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NBN facing the rocks of Symplegad

April 7, 2011

Almost a year ago (29th of March 2010) NBN issued a Request for Capability Statement for the construction of its network. In June the 23rd after assessing the applications filled 21 companies were invited to bid for the tender. Nevertheless, a few days ago, NBN Co announced that it withdraws the tender, the head of [...]

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Qatar Starts its own Fiber NBN

March 28, 2011

The Government of Qatar announced that it plans to establish a  National Broadband Plan for the country that will help advance the fiber penetration across. The Q.NBN, currently the name of the plan, will assume planning and deployment of passive infrastructure. The initiative was formulated with the constribution of the major service providers active in [...]

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