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Viodi View – 03/08/12

Spring is near and that can only mean one thing; baseball is around the corner.  In the sunny climes of Northern California, baseball has been in full swing since January; at least at the youth level.  So, what does this have to do with telecommunications companies?  Scroll to the bottom to find out the connection between the diamond and the ringtone.

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TiE SV Panel on Real Time Video- Changing Social and Mobile Communications by Alan Weissberger

Video communications has become pervasive—on TVs, laptops, desktop computers, mobile devices, even appliances.  For both business and consumers, there are several questions to ponder that will determine the market trajectory for real-time video.  Click here to read Weissberger’s commentary and his reporting on this TiE SV Panel on real-time video changing social and mobile communications.

MEF Announces Carrier Ethernet 2.0 & Connection Oriented Ethernet for Private Clouds by Alan Weissberger

The last week of February marked the launch of the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF)Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0) and new announcements at the very informative Ethernet Technology Summit in San José, CA.  While the conference theme was “Ethernet everywhere” (with special emphasis on the Data Center), there were several presentations on Carrier Ethernet- including a market assessment/forecast as well as its potential as the WAN infrastructure to access Private Cloud services. Click here to read more.

Infonetics’ Carrier Switch & Router Forecast; “Carrier Ethernet Market is Booming” by Alan Weissberger

On February 23rd, 2012 Infonetics Research released excerpts from its fourth quarter 2011 (4Q11) Service Provider Routers and Switches vendor market share report, which analyzes the IP edge router, IP core router, and carrier Ethernet switch (CES) market segments and the manufacturers within them.  Click here to read more.

The Building to Building Singularity

Karl Rabago of Austin Energy
Karl Rabago of Austin Energy

Will we be at the singularity when the number of building-to-building conversations is greater than the number of conversations between the people in those buildings? This is the provocative question posed by Karl Rabago of Austin Energy. Rabago describes a sort of peer-to-peer smart energy management system in this wide-ranging interview at Parks Associates’ Smart Energy Summit in his employer’s namesake city.  He also disputes the idea of the importance of consumer engagement with regards to energy management.  Click here to view.

This is just one of 35 videos we will be releasing from the Parks Associates’ Smart Energy Summit.

ThreeD for DDDummies by Peter Lowten

For some years 3D TV content providers have been seeking overnight success. Heavily researched, beautifully made (mostly cartoon /animated) cinema productions have indeed captivated audiences, and stirred significant investment aimed at bringing the 3D viewing experience into the living room.  January’s CES showed how far we’ve come.

This technology review ain’t about that aspect of 3D.  Click here for this special view of 3D from the ever insightful, Mr. Lowten.

Some Tweets and Short Thoughts:

  • It was fun to see our friends in Ohio again and am amazed that Roger can bring a wall to life – check out this fun video of how broadband is transforming a community and a region.
  • Looking forward to attending our first ever American Cable Association event next week in Washington D.C.  Sort of back to the future for yours truly, as my career started by working on products that served small cable operators.

The Korner – From Diamonds to Ringtone, It’s All About Community

Commendation at the San Jose City CouncilTo paraphrase former House Speaker Tip O’Neill, all communications is local.  On an NTCA webinar a couple of weeks ago, Kent Larson of CHR Solutions made a statement that reinforces this idea, when he said that, “Loops cannot be outsourced.”   He made the argument that, to some extent, parts of a telecom operators’ business can be outsourced, but the last mile network is their bedrock.

The implication is that there needs to be local employees who maintain, operate, understand and serve the needs of the community to deliver on the promise of an advanced telecommunications network.  In my travels across America, these are the people who are the community.  With the full support of their employers, they are the ones volunteering for the fire departments, school boards and city council.

Click here to read the rest of this post and the link between this picture and telecom operators.


Author Ken Pyle, Managing Editor

By Ken Pyle, Managing Editor

Ken Pyle is Marketing Director for the Broadband Forum. The mission of this 25+-year-old non-profit “is to unlock the potential for new markets and profitable revenue growth by leveraging new technologies and standards in the home, intelligent small business, and multi-user infrastructure of the broadband network.”

He is also co-founder of Viodi, LLC and Managing Editor of the Viodi View, a publication focused on the rural broadband ecosystem, autonomous vehicles, and electric aviation. He has edited and produced numerous multimedia projects for NTCA, US Telecom and Viodi. Pyle is the producer of Viodi’s Local Content Workshop, the Video Production Crash Course at NAB, as well as ViodiTV. He has been intimately involved in Viodi’s consulting projects and has created processes for clients to use for their PPV and VOD operations, as well authored reports on the independent telco market.

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