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

4K Video Highlights the Need for On Going Network Improvements

Over the past six months, there’s been a lot of talk about building a new, faster, better stronger Internet. A chunk of the discussion is driven by the proliferation of 4K video, the next new Big Thing being pushed by the broadcast industry since 3D video up and died. I think we all need to take a deep breath and get a reality check on the headaches that exist trying to tweak the status quo.

The current Internet core is fiber-based with some links ranging as high as 100 Gbps with more typical speeds in the 10 Gbps to 40 Gbps range. Moving out of the core into the edge is a mishmash of copper, coax cable and fiber connectivity, with speeds from sub megabit to gigabit or faster, depending on the technology available. Add in mobile connectivity and climbing wireless speeds in the megabit to tens of megabits, with promises of speeds up to near gigabit wireless. Read the full post

Doug Mohney
June 26, 2014