Monday, June 29, 2009

Time spent online doubled in 4 years

Instead of asking 'why should NGA networks be built', a different question is worth asking: What will people do with virtually unlimited bandwidth?
Part of the answer comes a survey on the time spent online (done by The Media Audit, as quoted by BizReport, among a US audience).
"On average, American adults are now spending just under 4 hours each day online; that is an 81% increase over 2006 numbers, according to a new report from The Media Audit. Researchers have found that the Internet now accounts for more than 30% of a 'media day' for adults in the US."
In other words: time spent online must have doubled since, let's say, 2005. And it makes up only 30% of a media day.

FTTH in the Netherlands 2009: Conference September 17

At the parent company, we are working hard to put our first conference together. It is devoted to FTTH in the Netherlands and will be held September 17 in Houten (NL), in Dutch. Our list of speakers has been finalised, and we are very proud to have such a varied (and large) band.
We are selling the report (in English) and the conference as a bundle, but you can order them separately as well.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Ramp^Rate on the cost of running YouTube

For those of you who haven't seen it yet: RampRate's report on the cost of running YouTube. RampRate puts the numbers much lower than Credit Suisse does.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 Live streaming classical music

The people at Atanar Technologies have been able to create a stunning streaming service of classical live concerts - not requiring a particularly fat pipe at all. It's called and has some wonderful (live) content. Check out this Berliner Philharmoniker concert under Simon Rattle: Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, the 'Rakh 3' (with Yefim Bronfman) and a Sacre in the rain.

(Have you seen the Grooveshark player in the right hand column of this blog? Poor guys have been sued!)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Singapore FTTH is ahead of schedule

Singapore is moving ahead of schedule in rolling-out FTTH (NGNBN), under the iN2015 banner.
  • In-building work starts in September. It is free for those who signed up and will take four hours. During the first month, 56k homes and 1k businesses will be wired. At the end of 2010, 60% coverage will be reached.
  • Activation and commercial service is set to be launched sometime during H1 of 2010.
It remains to be seen how competition will develop. Currently, there are 46 service providers, but on the NGNBN there will just be a single operator, rolling out mostly GPON (some p2p to businesses). It all depends on margins; smaller margins means becoming an operator might be necessary. But new operators will not be eligible for the SID 250m subsidy that Nucleas Connect (StarHub) receives. And with 46 SP's margins will likely not be fat.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Optimum Lightpath launches HD Voice

Coffee is a typical commodity, and many people don't mind drinking it just like that (left). Came along Nescafe and Douwe Egberts/Philips, to give the world Nespresso (right) and Senseo. These products are outrageously overpriced, but equally popular.

Imagine what marketing like that could do to plain old voice service.

Optimum Lightpath (the business arm of Cablevision) may be leading the way. It is launching HD voice (over its fiber-to-the-business network; quickly after its interactive patient care service).

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

FTTH in the Netherlands 2009

Our FTTH NL 2009 report is finally ready. It took a few months, but we've spoken to almost 20 C-level execs from around the Dutch landscape to get past, present and future into the 45-page document. You can access the table of contents here (registration).

The report has an entirely Dutch focus, but it's written in English. Buyers will have access to our first event, scheduled for September 17 - but that will mostly be in Dutch. We have been able to contract a handful of high-profile speakers.