Table of Contents For This Issue
News about People and Companies influencing The Broadband Home
During our recent visit to Spain, we heard about Euskaltel’s Celeria Project. We invited Inés Vidal Castiñeira to share with you the Technology Department’s approach to providing triple-play services to low population density areas. Although Euskaltel already had a fiber ring infrastructure from which they reached end users with HFC and twisted pair, this approach was not cost effective for serving small municipalities. Instead, they developed a wireless approach to deliver digital video, cable modem and voice services to these customers.
In the same way that mobile phones have become commonplace over the past decade, we expect mobile broadband data devices will do so over the next ten years. The groundwork is being set with people's increasing use of broadband at home, the growth of Wi-Fi home networking and hot spots, the ubiquity of personal portable devices (in the form of cell phones) and the emergence of technologies which promise affordable equipment for non-line of sight broadband over wide areas. The broadband home is extending far beyond the four walls of people's houses into "broadband anywhere". What's not clear is which service providers will reap the benefits.
Free Telecom, the largest French ISP after France Telecom, has announced free VoIP service for its DSL customers through the end of 2003, and very low rates thereafter. It's the latest example of "disruptive technology in action".
One reader asked about broadband applications "being applicable in daily lives." Another is starting a web site on municipal wireless. And a third told us about his summer project setting up a home-brewed "drive-in movie theater".
We're going to be in London in September to speak at Broadband World Forum 2003 and hear interesting perspectives from others. Please let us know if you will be there and would like to meet with us.
We start this new section with a job in France.