Categories
Uncategorized

Hello, Hal, can you help me with AI?

“Hello, Hal, can you help me about AI?” is the second in a series examining the shift in society caused by technology by Theo Wooster. Building on “Clogs & Conspiracy Theories“, the view shifts to the wider impacts of economic shifts and starts to hint at what can be done to share in the benefits.

Intelligence Revolution

The notion of a machine capable of thinking and acting for itself, has been a topic of myth, legend and speculation for millennia – from the ancient Greek myth of Talos, the bronze automaton who protected Crete from marauders, to the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz and beyond.

From progress made over the last decade, out of the thousands of years such machines have been mythologised, we are on the cusp of these becoming reality.

Categories
Uncategorized

Clogs and Conspiracy Theories

“Clogs and conspiracy theories” is the first in a series examining the shift in society caused by technology by Theo Wooster starting with a look at the true Luddites

A New Frontier

The world is on the cusp of what may be one the most important developments for mankind since the creation of the internet – and perhaps beyond.

The notion of machines being able to think like humans has been pondered by many thinkers for many years – but finally we find ourselves at the dawn of it becoming reality.

“…For it seems probable that once the machine thinking method had started, it would not take long to outstrip our feeble powers.”

Alan Turing, 1951

Categories
Uncategorized

Community-led Full Fibre and Regulatory Risk

The UK is moving incrementally closer to towards the day when full fibre networks outnumber and will eventually replace copper telecommunications networks. At some point on that journey its highly likely that it will be recognised that the rural most networks have a natural monopoly, simply because the economics don’t support multiple infrastructures in the hardest to reach and therefore most expensive places to build.

Categories
Uncategorized

A Question of Psychographics

Netflix recently released “The Great Hack“, a documentary film about the Cambridge Analytica scandal associated with the UK Leave.EU and Trump Presidential campaigns. The film, in part, raises questions of psychographics and their power in a world of big data and social media.

Psychographics ?

Psychographics can be thought of as the sibling of demographics. While the latter models a population in terms of the characteristics like age, gender, ethnicity and so forth, the former seeks to describe the behavioural traits.

Categories
Uncategorized

The role of public funds

I was reminded the other day of a piece of work I looked at several years ago when Governments were first intervening to make broadband widely available which considered the role of public funds in general in commercial projects.

The general rule of thumb in Europe is that public money should only be used where there is evidence of market failure, and even then the funds should only be made available in a manner that minimises the market distortion.

The role of Public Funds
The role of Public Funds
Categories
Uncategorized

Adrian Wooster presented with the SCTE David Hall Award

At their annual Gala Dinner in June, Adrian was presented with the SCTE David Hall Award for his lecture “The Yellow Brick Road to a Copper Sunset” on the path towards a full fibre future.

SCTE David Hall Award

I’m not a regular member of the SCTE whose members are traditionally broadband professionals leaning more towards the cable industry but with new entrant operators, traditional incumbents and cable operators all converging on a full fibre future, I’m keen to use any opportunity to help bring this diverse industry closer together. So I was delighted that the SCTE even asked me to present to their members, let alone present me with this award.

Who better to help the SCTE President, Chris Bailey, present the awards held at Hatfield House, than Henry VIII

SCTE Annual Dinner, Hatfield House, Presentation of SCTE David Hall Award

You can find more about the man after whom the award is named here, and the more in general about the work of the SCTE can be found here.

Categories
Uncategorized

UK Full Fibre Broadband Market

DI2 asked me to present at their investment workshop in my capacity at Gigaclear during the recent 2019 FTTH Council Conference in Amsterdam. This is Adrian’s perspective on the UK full fibre broadband market.

The presentation looks at how the UK has gone from a laggard in fibre investment to one of the most dynamic developing markets, forecast by iDate to become the second largest fibre market in Europe by 2025. 

Categories
Uncategorized

Market Scenarios (2009)

First published in 2009. With the various strategic shifts in the fibre market increasing leading to a patchwork, this article from the archives looks at the different scenarios for the broadband market and starts to consider how it might be joined together to create a competitive infrastructure market.


Market Scenarios

There is a wide consensus that ubiquitous Next Generation Access networks (NGA’s) could never be successfully developed in the UK by a single organisation during a single “big bang” project. Rather it is highly likely that a number of local projects will appear, built by a wide variety of organisations and with a number of possible ownership structures.

While at a technical level, this is not a new problem – the term “Internet” used to describe the current global infrastructure reflects the necessity to inter-connect disparate networks. When we use the term “The Internet” we are actually referring to traffic across many networks working cooperatively to deliver service.

Categories
Uncategorized

Evolving Market (Jan 2013)

From the archive – January 2013. For no special reason, this is the first of the articles from the archives. This looks at the transformation of various market sectors as the evolve into a more cohesive and unified fibre broadband market. I’ve left it unedited so you judge for yourself if it remains relevant or dated.


Evolving Market

It can be argued that the telecommunications market is undergoing what may be the single largest transformations in its history as it migrates away from copper-based services towards fibre-based solutions.

The debate surrounding the shift often focuses on the immediately practical points of the technology choices and the mechanics of who pays for it and how. This short paper instead tries to consider the movements in the market that are underway and how these might best be supported.

Categories
Uncategorized

Returning

This site has been very quiet since I joined Gigaclear in 2016 where I run the strategy team within the wholesale and infrastructure business but it may now be returning, at least as an archive.