Jeepers!

A sensible proposal!

Virgin Media is already introducing broadband at up to 50Mb per second – 10 times faster than the average connection – across its cable network, which covers half the UK. Caio said such moves proved competition, not intervention, was the way to go.

The market was changing so fast – wireless networks today can offer faster broadband speeds than were possible over a fixed-line connection 10 years ago – that the government should keep an open mind on what technology is used.

"My recommendation to the government is don\’t commit to anything today because the technology is changing," he said. "You might find yourself having committed a lot for something that could have been done by the market."

3 thoughts on “Jeepers!”

  1. A good report in all. Arrives at sensible conslusions and, most importantly, it further underpins my business model!! 🙂
    I am amazed that not more attention was given to next generation wireless technologies.

  2. New radio systems such as WiMAX and Long Term Evolution (LTE)** do offer higher data rates but they are also capacity limited. I have seen live demo’s of 5mbps to an individual handset over WiMAX and there is a roadmap that does envisage 10mbps and even mbps, but the business case for these higher data rates is very weak given the cost of the infrastructure and the need for spectrum. The problem is that if you want to offer these data rates then you will only get a few connections per cell.

    It is also hard to see how fibre to the home (FTTH) is needed let alone made to pay. PCCW in Hong Kong offers 8mbps although it is increasing this to 16 or 20mbps, I believe. They manage to offer high definition IPTV over this and still allow 1.fmbps for browsing.

    I also know that BT doesn’t beleive in FTTH but the do see a need for fibre to the cabinet (FTTC). This will move the active equipment nearer to the home and allow higher data rates over ADSL 2+ with 20mbps become the standard.

    *LTE has to be the biggest con going. Mobile operators will not be abe to evevolve as it is a new technology so their upgrade path is the same as from GSM to the current 3G ie build a complte new overlay.

  3. “LTE has to be the biggest con going. Mobile operators will not be abe to evevolve as it is a new technology so their upgrade path is the same as from GSM to the current 3G ie build a complte new overlay”

    Quite. The shift to OFDM is a forklift upgrade. I wouldn’t fancy running 3 networks in parallel for no gain in customers! It is still out a few years yet.

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