Ruminations on the electronics industry from David Manners, Senior Components Editor on Electronics Weekly.
Mr Scrooge The Bandwidth-Builder
What is it with telecoms operators? Instead of building a super product which gives customers enormous scope to develop their applications, they build the lowest-capacity network they feel they can get away with.
In pre-DSL days, BT used to argue: Why do people want all this bandwidth? (e.g. a pitiful 128kb/sec). What will they do with it? BT’s attitude was: Prove you have a need for bandwidth before we’ll consider providing it.
It’s the same thing with the wireless operators. Earlier this week, Andy Dunkin of Vodafone’s New Technologies and Innovation Access Team was telling the Avren Next Generation Networks conference that Vodafone would start deploying LTE in areas of high data-usage.
That seems an obvious strategy but, in reality, it probably means Vodafone will put in the bare minimum of gear to handle existing demand and dribble out extra bandwidth as the networks start to overload.
Just imagine, if you can, what it would be like if network operators said: ‘Here’s a great new technology – let’s get it out to our customers as soon as possible.’
Instead of the world technology industry being constantly held back in its product development by the lack of bandwidth, and by the cost of bandwidth, we would have networks which always had sufficient head-room to give full expression to the always-accelerating technological capabilities in computer technology and communications technology.
The developers of hardware would feel free to push the limits of what new computing and communications technologies can do. Customers would be enthralled by the ever-increasing capabilities of what they buy.
We’d all be off to the races again.
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