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Friday, May 03, 2002

The way a legacy telephone company thinks!

BellSouth aims at businesses with DSL. The company plans to offer new broadband Internet services, joining the pack of Net service providers that are trying to win higher-paying business customers. [CNET]

8:29:22 PM     Comments[]

The "why's" of the telecom disaster

In addition to the reasons that are discussed below, traditional telecom plans will drift for the following reasons:

  • They are regulated bureacracies steeped in years of central planning
  • Financial protectionism has rewarded depreciation schedules of 40 years on technology investments that are obsolete in less than 5 years
  • Flawed reasoning that has them trying to protect the old technology that produces their revenue while also attempting to (arrogantly) build rather than buy new technology networks that are already available from companies not encumbered by the "copper" problem
  • Another matter of arrogance is calling my connection to the public network "the last mile" - I'm the paying customer and am on "the FIRST mile." Bob Frankston nailed this point in Beyond Telecom.

The Economist:  The Telecom bloodbath gets worse.  Why?  A couple of reasons:

    • A mismatch between inexpensive optical bandwidth at the core of the Internet and expensive last-mile bandwidth provided by copper wire and co-axial cable.
    • A lack of available fee-based content caused by the media industry. 
    • A distribution system that relies on expensive centralized sites.

In order to correct this, a couple things need to happen:

      1. Last mile bandwidth needs to move to fiber in order to place it on the same 1 year doubling rate experienced by providers of core bandwidth.  The best way to force the regional bells and cable companies to move quickly to last mile fiber is to introduce competition into the local loop.  Clearly, the CLEC model didn't work (the regional bells actively worked to undermine their ability to ride their networks).  The only hope is a high capacity fixed-point wireless provider that can enable hundreds of Mbs of connectivity for a reasonable cost.  This would require that the US provide one or two companies with a sanctioned monopoly on the spectrum required (in contrast to selling it at an auction).  This new competitor could have a nation-wide system up and going in a couple of years.  The fear here is that this new competitor will chew up this available bandwidth by replicating current cable offerings.
      2. A move to fixed price all-you-can-eat media services.  This new system would quickly trounce TV/cable as the best means to get professionally produced content.  The result would be a radical improvement in revenues for media companies and an increasing demand for fatter pipes to get it onto the hard-drives of consumer PCs faster.
      3. A new distribution architecture.  A bright spot is the impending roll-out of smart desktop software (personal broadcast networks -- a combination of P2P, desktop-webapps, and webservices) that will use plentiful desktop storage and programmed downloads (24x7 utilization of the current thin pipe) to provide high-quality, media-rich consumer experiences.  When the pipe does open up, these low-cost systems will allow fill the available capacity as quickly as it becomes available without a corresponding increase in costs. [John Robb's Radio Weblog]

12:07:01 PM     Comments[]

Yet, the Dow remains over 10,000

A Dow Jones study of 1,146 firms' first-quarter results found that they were collectively in the red for the first time in 10 years. [Wall Street Journal]

6:43:44 AM     Comments[]

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