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Viodi View – 12/22/15

Google Spurring FTTH Deployment in the Former Valley of the Heart’s Delight

A picture of a Google truck at a customer install. Note, the lawn sign promoting the Google Fiber project.
Courtesy of Google

After reading through a 200+ page, Google Fiber commissioned Draft Initial Study, it’s no wonder that Google’s Milo Medin stated in 2013 that Google wouldn’t come to California as long as CEQA was in place. The design of a Fiber to the Home network seems trivial compared to the multi-disciplinary effort required to create their report to satisfy the demands of CEQA (in this case, to get an exemption from CEQA). Still, even before Google breaks ground, Google’s effort is spurring competition in the former Valley of the Heart’s Delight.

Click here to read more about what a Draft Initial Study is, Ericsson involvement in Google Fiber’s Silicon Valley efforts and how competition is responding:

New Nokia Faces Competition & Challenges from Software Megatrend by Alan Weissberger

In this three-part article, Alan Weissberger reviews Nokia’s acquisition of Alcatel Lucent and the opportunities and threats for this full-service telecommunications vendor.

In part 1, Weissberger looks at the numbers behind an acquisition that complements Nokia’s wireless infrastructure with a significant share of the wireline equipment business.

New Nokia Faces Competition & Challenges from Software Megatrend – Part 1

 Weissberger examines traditional competition, such Huawei and Cisco/Ericsson, as well potential new market opportunities for the “new” Nokia in part 2

Competition for the New Nokia – Part 2

The biggest threat to Nokia new scope may not come from white boxes and software, according to the analysis by Weissberger in part 3 of his three-part article.

Threat of Disaggregated Network Equipment – Part 3

The $50 Million Smart City Challenge

Everything will be connected in the city of the future.
Courtesy of US DOT

Will the U.S. Department of Transportation Smart City Challenge do for urban mobility what Google did for gigabit broadband? That is the $50M question as the U.S. Department of Transportation recently launched a contest that is challenging cities and counties (with populations of 250k to 850k) to find ways to use technology to improve mobility and livability in urban areas. Connectivity is the common denominator in the above elements and is one reason Communications Service Providers, regardless of whether their service meets the aforementioned criteria, should care about this contest.

Click here to learn more.

Some Tweets and Short Thoughts:

The Korner – A Couple Last Minute Gift Ideas

Erector Set + Smart Phone = DIY Robot

This is what happens when an Erector Set meets a Smart Phone.
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Turning the original “maker” kit, the Erector Set, into a smart phone operated robot is what Spin Master (the company behind the popular Air Hogs brand) has done with its Meccano- brand, Meccanoid G15 and G 15KS. As would be expected for this type of iconic brand, a big part of the enjoyment is the “build” process. More than a toy, this might also be a good starter kit for a school wanting to start a robotics program, but are on a tight budget.

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The Mediation App & Headband

A screenshot of Ken Pyle's brain activity - no, it is not a flat line.
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With the buzzing of text message alerts, the temptation to check social media and the knowledge that an answer to a fleeting thought is a search away, the conventional wisdom is that technology can be distracting and an impediment to focus. Ariel Garten has a solution that uses these same tools to help people improve their focus. Her company, InterAxon, marries their proprietary brain sensing headband, MUSE, with a smart phone app and a relaxing soundtrack (e.g. sounds of a rainforest) to facilitate meditation.

Click here to read more and to view.

This is exactly the type of app/wearable that many people will need after a week at the upcoming CES 2016 where InterAxon will have a booth along with thousands of other companies. Stay tuned to the Viodi Twitter feed over the next two weeks for the final videos from CES 2015.

In the meantime, peace on earth, good will to all and best wishes to the Viodi View readers for 2016!



Author Ken Pyle, Managing Editor

By Ken Pyle, Managing Editor

Ken Pyle is co-founder of Viodi, LLC and Managing Editor of the Viodi View, a publication focused on independent telcos’ efforts to offer video to their customers. 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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