I’m back home after spending four days in london, Two of the days were spent working on complaince issues. We’re working real hard in this area and the team really made an effort and everybody invested a whole load of time in the work. We had a lady over from the US to help and she was great, she knew the business inside out and had a great sense of homour.
We managed to finish our workshop on time and I managed to get home so that the wife could make her work team’s night out.
So I’m catching up on mail, blog’s and the papers that have piled up.
I read about this in today’s Observer too, it’s called Delicious library. it looks pretty funky, it allows you to build up a database of all your books and CD’s by scanning the bar code in via a web cam, it then looks them up on amazon and bingo all the info is there….but where on earth will I find the time to do all that!!
BT will anounce it’s $10bn network upgrade to an IP only network. This may turn out to be a shrewd move in the UK and the quadruple play I mentioned in my last post will be based around, TV, Voice, Internet and Mobile. But let’s write those out again with the technology behind them that will be used..IPTV, VOIP, IP and Wvoip. So a hugely scalable IP network to cope with the bandwidths we’re talking about here may turn out to be pretty usefull.
The Business has
a very interesting article on the consolidation of the US telco’s and
looks at why they are doing it. Whilst doing my presentation back in Amsterdam to the Network Service
business line (70 people) I told them then that the likes of the SBC and
AT&T merger would lead to companies not competing against other telco’s but
against companies such as Time Warner. The new war will be for the quadruple
play and it’ll be between the telco’s, the cable companies, the studios with
their vast back catalogues of content along with the mobile operators too. As
the article says, there are two many players involved in the four (TV, Internet, Voice
businesses that make up the quadruple play, so we’ll expect to see some more
following on from my post ..it appears that shareholders with approx 15% of MCI have requested the board look at the Qwest offer again.
Both AT&T and MCI have suggested that prices at the top end of the
business market for long-distance, internet and other services have
begun to stabilise. [via ft.com]
There’s a big article over at ft about the changes afoot in the business telecoms market. The third or fourth paragraph is above, "AT&T and MCI suggest…prices..have begun to stabilise". Well they would say that wouldn’t they. Both have been the subject of M&A activity and both want to tell there purchasers that every thing is rosy and the business is and will continue to make money. I’m not seeing any stabilisation, sometimes I wish I could but at this point I still see prices falling.
Andy thinks "it’s time to invest in automobile and truck paint". He thinks SBC should change it’s name to AT&T as it’s the bigger brand.
I managed to drop my laptop bag the other day in the lobby of the IBM amsterdam building. I thought nothing off it for a while until I fired up the thinkpad and the screen was blank…uh oh…so I’ve bought myself a disgo 256mb memory key chain thing…so I can take backup’s of the important recently changed doc’s on the go.
I finally managed to find the time and the right ‘how to‘ to get the C500 working as a GPRS modem. Horah, 230kbps isn’t bad at all. Here’s a pic taken of the phone in action, with the the phone itself..amazing…thanks Guy!
WiMax or 802.16a as it’s now has been bubbling under the service for a while now and I’ve read several blogs that it’s still not ready and people moaning ‘it isn’t standard, it’s still emerging’. So I’ve been watching out for it, waiting to see when it comes into the mainstream.
Well yesterday was the first day it appeared on a set of oppurtunity slides with a vendor, there it was …WiMax. I was a bit surprised to see it so soon, but it was there…I’m pretty chuffed to be honest, it’s nice to see a new(ish) technology appearing on those type of slides before I’m reading it all over the press.
So it’ll be one to watch and see what impact the technology has. Network World Fusion thinks that WiMax will help the consolidation within the industry…I don’t it (the industry) needs any help right now.