Apple’s Thumbelina Approach to NFC

I assume the dust has now settled since Apple’s new iPhone and Watch launch a couple of weeks ago. I have to confess, I’m not an Apple lemming, so I didn’t spend hours or, for some, even days queuing at its London store. Having said that, my ears pricked up at the news that Apple are having some software issues at the moment with their iOS 8.0.1 update. Oh yes, those big ‘A’ share prices dropped quicker than our Wi-Fi and fingerprint access, causing new adopters of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to get rather ‘bent out of shape’ if you’ll excuse the pun, and leaving Apple hoping that their newly released 8.0.2 update will quickly make things right. But hang on, it’s not all doom and gloom – there have been a lot of ‘rights’ too, a fact that brings me neatly on to NFC. Read the full post

The Big Push to Digitise Your Wallet using NFC

It’s been rumoured that Near Field Communications (NFC) is dead – rest assured, it isn’t! I have also overheard several rumours that suggest Apple have finally integrated NFC into their next generation iPhone. Well, I made the same prediction a couple of years ago about their iPhone 5, which was released in September 2012, but it never happened – didn’t I feel like a silly billy?

In fact, a number of ‘patented’ images of the new generation iPhone have appeared in numerous stories across the Internet, all of which do seem to allude to an NFC chip integrated into the new phone. But, I hasten to add, with the iPhone 5 I saw a pre-launch (allegedly authentic) image of the same thing, which led to my earlier prediction! So, I guess, this time, I’m a little hesitant to offer any prophecy and become the foreseer of all things NFC-enabled since, for me, it’s déjà vu all over again.

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Smart Homes Require Smart Networking and Smart Homeowners

A great memory of my childhood is watching The Jetsons – fascinated by the space age lifestyle where a robot does the cleaning and other household duties, while a push of a button prepares meals for the family and simply stating a command anywhere in the home results in an action (e.g. “turn off the lights”). Read the full post

Who Will Benefit from NFV and SDN?

Cross fertilization creates innovation. As technologies mature and are successfully applied in one domain, there is frequently potential for using those technologies favorably in other markets as well. However, native technologies in one market might be foreign technologies in a different market. Assimilation is a complex process and outcome is difficult to predict.

IP and Ethernet were initially developed for enterprise networks. As those technologies promised significant simplification with operator networks, the cross fertilization journey started. Today we can conclude that most of the expected savings and efficiency improvements have been achieved. However, some deviances need to be noted. Read the full post

The Gigabit Conundrum

So far, 2014 has given us the XXII Winter Olympics, FIFA World Cup (congrats to Germany!) and Gigabit Broadband. And while the excitement from the two major sporting events has already waned, the excitement over Gigabit Broadband is just getting started.

Over the past year, the number of proposed and live gigabit networks has accelerated. The question is whether these proposed networks are setting customer expectations too high – especially in markets where they are “investigating” the opportunity, but may never actually build.

Imagine you live in a city that is being considered for gigabit broadband and then is not selected. That is a significant let down – especially if you are unhappy with your current provider. But even if your town is selected – there is no guarantee that your particular community and/or street will get this service. And for those that do – the wait for actual service could be years. Read the full post