Share Online v3.0 and location tagger

I upgraded the share online app on my N95 the other day to the new version 3.0. That added a nice little comments and new photo’s tracker to the homw screen and allows me to read the comments on my flickr pictures on my N95 which is great.

I also installed the Beta App location tagger, it requires that you fire it up before you take your picture so that it can get a GPS fix whilst you’re focusing and taking your pic. You need to adjust your Flickr to accept meta data with GPS co-ordinates, which was easy enough.

So all I need to do is test it out, shame I’m laying off the travelling as much as possible right now.

No 10 is on the social

Just going through my Google reader when I read JP’s street cred post, No 10 is on twitter. That’s pretty cool and it’s obviously pretty new as they are replying to @responses.

But one of the tweets also states they are on Flickr too, so my regard for the people behind the shiny black doors goes up a notch or two. There are only 20 photo’s there right now, so again this looks like a new initiative, but one that should be applauded.

Nice work No 10 and thanks for giving us a look behind the gloss.

Telco Dilemma Series: 3. So is it unlimited or unlimited*

The implication of truly unlimited bandwidth for the users can have huge impacts on the network. We’ve seen the impact of iPlayer on Easynet (a 20% rise in bandwidth and rising), is that there needs to be investment in the underlying backbones to cope with the data.

Take a look at data on GSM, 4Kb/s speeds, now look at 3G about 2.5MBits/s and with HSDPA already being rolled out 14Mbits/s. Home broadband for most people if they are lucky is 6Mbits/s, So the impact is going to be huge as this Fierce Wireless posts states, Mobile broadband use up 154%.


Therefore the carrier has to invest huge sums in it’s backbone to cope with the hockey stick like impact of data traffic on it’s networks, while battling to retain revenue and market share where price is the only differential. Therefore the carriers see the only way to have any control over that bandwidth is to put a cap on it, so it’s unlimited*, where the asterisk points to a cap imposed by the carrier, usually either 1gb or 2gb. But is the cap only a short term stop gap to the bigger problem demanded by the market, of uncapped flat rate tariffs?

The Telco2.0 blog picked up the above diagram and highlight the unsustainability of the mobile broadband market, especially on flat-rate tariffs.

The presentations (from) Hamid Akhavan’s, CEO at T-Mobile International, seems to have been withdrawn from the site now. We managed to grab it before it was. The key image is below. It shows the economic unsustainability of mobile broadband, especially on flat-rate tariffs. If you understand that low quality YouTube videos now account for 10% of all global web traffic, then imagine what will happen when the quality improves. In fact you don’t need to imagine: see the real stats of the impact of the BBC’s iPlayer (high quality streaming video) on UK ISP’s in the last 8 weeks since launch (a doubling of streaming traffic and a trebling of costs – analysis here).

So T-Mobile, who may have now changed their mind, since they withdrew their presentation, seem to think that this path that we’re currently treading is unsustainable. When you look at some of the facts he may be right.

3G would be nice, but what no multi-tasking?

I think I jumped the gun somewhat on my post about the iPhone SDK. I made the assumption that as the iPhone was based on the OSX kernal that it’d be multitasking capable. Having now read this techcrunch post, I’m not so sure the iPhone is capable of multitasking which is a show stopper.

Only one iPhone application can run at a time, and third-party applications never run in the background. This means that when users switch to another application, answer the phone, or check their email, the application they were using quits. (p. 16)

So that means you can set different apps running and flip between them like you can on Nokia S60 devices. This is  as my daughter would say, truly rubbish.

The second wave of stories that has followed the news of the SDK have wound me up slightly, such as this story, it’s all over bar the crying. What doesn’t get mentioned when Steve put’s up his pie chart showing Apple with a huge percentage of the smartphone market is how small that markter is. Up until recently the US smartphone market has been pretty poor, Treo and MS Mobile devices ahve dominated as Nokia hasn’t got a great deal of traction in the US. The second aspect here is as I mentioned above this is a percentage of the North American Smartphone market. 

To put things in persecptive; Compared to Apple’s 190,000 iPhones the Finnish company sold 133 million mobile phones during the quarter (qtr 4, 2008), more than its three closest rivals put together and has 40% of the global market, not just North America. [via]. Even if Apply get’s to it’s goal of selling 10 million in a year, Nokia will have sold 400 Million or more handsets. 

Yes, Apple have once again done a great peice of marketing and have a desirable product, but it’s currently got huge flaws, namely no 3G and no mulitasking and for me they are real show stoppers.

The Telco Dilemma Series.

I’ve been thinking about the implication of the $99 unlimited packages hitting the US shops and what the impacts of that would be if the model is adopted here in Europe. My musings then went on to cover the other challenges facing the mobile and fixed line carriers. So I’ve decided to split the post up and cover each of the questions in a little more detail.

So these are the ten questions I’ll be asking and trying to answer over the next few days.

1. How much will an unlimited plan cost in Europe?

2. The implications of unlimited bandwidth.

3. Is it unlimited or unlimited*

4. Is unlimited* bad or will the three strikes rule remove the *?

5. Should the value added services be dropped?

6. Has Nokia shown the way with Ovi?

7. Is the carrier model too predictable?

8. How do you compete in a market place when services are free?

9. Why is there loads of innovation in the mobile space, yet none of it from the Carriers?

10. Google has bought, Grand Central and Jaiku, who should the carriers be buying?

If you think you can answer any of the questions then please let me know.

Is Your Printer Spying On You?

Imagine that every time you printed a document, it automatically included a secret code that could be used to identify the printer – and potentially, the person who used it. Sounds like something from an episode of “Alias,” right?

Unfortunately, the scenario isn’t fictional. In a purported effort to identify counterfeiters, the US government has succeeded in persuading some color laser printer manufacturers to encode each page with identifying information. That means that without your knowledge or consent, an act you assume is private could become public. A communication tool you’re using in everyday life could become a tool for government surveillance. And what’s worse, there are no laws to prevent abuse.

I just picked this up and thought it thought provoking as I’m working on a printer deal at work. The printer company in question does print yellow dot’s btw,

I’m talking to the consultants next week so I’ll ask about it, let’s see what they say.

New role at Orange

I’ve been keeping this under my hat for a few days, but my Manager told the rest of the team last week so it’s in the ‘public’ domain. I have the name of the person to handover to and a date too, so I’m a bit more comfortable talking about it.

For the last 7 months I’ve been working on Orange’s only full scope outsourcing project as the lead buyer, so managing pretty much everything that Orange needs from third parties, software, devices and services. It’s been extremely interesting understanding how Orange manages its outsourcing business and I’ll miss the guys working on the account and the account directors of the various suppliers. I also spent a lot of time with the finance guys helping to fix the growing pains we’ve experienced, well outside of my remit I know, but it needed to be done. Over last few weeks I’ve been ‘loaned out’ to the CIO of the customer, helping them with an RFP, hence the recent 3 day trip to Halmstad, it’s been a strange experience, but an interesting one nonetheless.

So where am I going..

I’m joining the group level integrated Telco operator’s team, so I’m back working in a Telco only environment. There’s two of us in the UK team working on all Telco spend at group level, which means covering, Orange Business Services, Orange Mobile and Orange Home. I spent last Thursday down in Bristol taking a look at all of the projects going on which was great to be talking about Telco stuff again. We even had a great geek out tour of the Bristol Switch, a 500m2 room with all the associated kit of a mobile network.

So it’s going to be fun to understand from an insider view point, how enterprise, mobile and DSL networks are managed, costs are saved and partners chosen. Which in the face of calls for dumb pipes from the Telco’s it’s going to be interesting and challenging. I’ve read the paradox of the best network and totally understand the drive for more bandwidth and realistically priced mobile data access and how the likes of the BBC’s iPlayer will impact the network to deliver the extra bits and bytes.

So I just can’t wait to start the conversations