Growing up, one of my Saturday morning indulgences was watching the futuristic life of the Jetsons — featuring elaborate robotic contraptions, flying cars, aliens, holograms, and an assortment of whimsical inventions. Little did I imagine that decades later I’d be interviewing the founder of a company that’s actually trying to build the home of the Jetsons. The other topic explored in this month’s newsletter is the nexus of privacy, security and what we’re willing to give up for convenience.
Market Clarity Newsletter
Imagine a world where literally everything is connected to the Internet, and you have a personal digital avatar that pulls together all of this information in a proactive manner to help you in every aspect of your personal and professional life. This might sound like science fiction, but not only is Bell Labs already working on a digital sixth sense, it may be available as service within 5 years! In this month’s newsletter, we speak with Dr Marcus Weldon (President Bell Labs and Corporate Chief Technology Officer Alcatel-Lucent), along with Dr Paul Brooks (Layer 10 Advisory).
In this issue we present findings from our latest Future Tech research, including interviews with Dr Dean Economou (Technology Strategist, NICTA) and
Christine Ekman (Co-Founder, Mobile Pulse). Topics include how mobile connectivity is driving massive changes in the automotive industry and the legal and service responsibilities affiliated with wearable healthcare.
In this issue we’re launching our new Future Tech research series, Welcome to the launch of Market Clarity’s Future Tech series where I’ll be speaking with luminaries in research labs, vendor labs, telcos, futurists and others, about cutting edge research on the wide range of gadgets, technologies, and trends that will impact telecom services (and everyone that uses these services). In this issue we’re speaking with John Lindsay (Former CTO, iiNet and Internode) and Narelle Clark (Deputy CEO, ACCAN and President of the Internet Society Australian Chapter).
The world is going increasingly mobile. In 2011 smartphones outsold laptops, and in 2013 numerous analyst firms were predicting that tablets would outsell computers (including desktops and laptops) before the end of the year. So with the obvious rise in popularity of mobile devices and tablets in society as a whole, it was only going to be a matter of time before these devices became increasingly integrated into the business world. In this month’s Newsletter we present: 13 Factors To Consider When Implementing And Managing A Successful BYOD Strategy.
Although small business plays a significant role in the Australian economy, it’s one of the least understood market segments; with little representation vis-à-vis telecommunications service requirements and experiences.
The conventional wisdom is that the main story in Australia’s ISP market is one of consolidation ahead of the NBN. However, a close look at what’s happening in the service provider market reveals a second dynamic at work: many small providers, rather than getting out of the business, appear to be adjusting their business models by expanding their service offerings.
Market Clarity completed a study, Closing the Trans-Tasman Broadband Value Gap – Comparing Prices in Australia and New Zealand, which we have published for free, that compares the value of Australian broadband services to New Zealand services. While Kiwi ISPs have closed the gap between 2010 and 2011, Australian customers can still count themselves relatively fortunate.
The Cost of Mobility: Comparing the Value of Fixed and Mobile Broadband took a benchmark of broadband charges in mid-March. These were analysed to yield a comparative value of services, based on the per-gigabyte price of data volumes on three broadband service types: fixed broadband (ADSL and HFC), post-paid mobile broadband, and pre-paid mobile broadband.
The average Australian broadband user consumes around 15% of his or her broadband allowance, according to a research report just completed by Market Clarity. This year saw the emergence of a surprising business model in broadband services, with the launch of Terabyte (and more recently unlimited) monthly download allowances from providers like TPG, iiNet, iPrimus, Internode, Optus, Adam Internet, Westnet, Dodo … the list goes on.
One unexpected outcome from all the work involved in preparing the Market Clarity Telecom Infrastructure Atlas for publication was how well it illustrates the relationship between telecommunications infrastructure and other infrastructure – the way that systems such as backhaul fibre networks follow pre-existing corridors wherever possible.
Many people have warned that the regulatory uncertainties surrounding the NBN would inhibit broadband infrastructure investment. It appears to Market Clarity that this has come to pass: carriers and service providers seem to have spent much of 2008 “marking time” on their infrastructure plans.
The old joke tells that to make a rabbit stew, first catch your rabbit. In many ways, the Australian broadband debate looks like an attempt to make a stew without a rabbit. One of the oldest lessons in technology industries is this: if you don’t know your requirements, you can’t build your solution.
Australia has over a million VoIP users, but anybody wishing to assess the importance of the VoIP Services market, quantify its current value, and predict its future value needs to start by answering one question: Just how do you count “users”? Defining users is not a trivial task, but it remains a challenge that anybody wanting to scale and forecast a market has to deal with. If we come up with the wrong definition of “user”, our current measurements lose credibility, and likewise our forecasts.
Broadband has now overtaken dial-up as the dominant means for Australians to access the Internet. While in overall population terms Australia has only a moderate broadband penetration, more than half of Australia’s Internet users are now on broadband services. As of June 2006, Market Clarity identified 3.52 million broadband SIOs (services in operation) compared to just 2.81 million dial-up SIOs.
One of the great pleasures of my professional life is to serve on the steering committee of CeNTIE, a role that keeps me in contact with the very best in Australian advanced networking research. At a recent CeNTIE meeting, I had the good fortune to hear from Dr Sylvia Pfeiffer, currently on unpaid secondment to a venture capital firm looking to commercialise CSIRO’s Annodex technology. Here, we explain what Annodex is — and why it’s exciting.
The problems with VoIP security start with a fundamental difference between what you expect a telephone to do, and what you expect a computer to do. The chief risks in the old world of the PSTN were interception, which still remains a risk in the world of VoIP; and the hijacking of infrastructure to make unauthorised calls (such as using tone signalling to trick old carrier switches into providing calls for free, or using paths into PABXs to make your calls on someone else’s bill).
In 2003, there was almost no VoIP security debate. In 2006, the story is different. Plenty of people have something to sell, plenty of companies have already bought VoIP systems, and with a ready market for products and prognostications, there’s a steady stream of VoIP security stories.
You only have to look at Internet politics in the US to see how attached people have become to their Internet utilities: AOL’s proposal to offer premium-priced preferential treatment for some outbound e-mail generated a storm which hasn’t died down yet (such things already exist in Australia, and have done for at least a few years, but nobody seems to notice).