You go back, Jack, and do it again

Posted on Tuesday, December 04, 2018

The alternate title for this rant is “A bad idea whose time has come again”: Italy toys with the idea of a nationalized broadband carrier. Reuters reported that “The far-right League and its coalition partner, the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, want to create a company that combines the networks of former monopoly Telecom Italia and smaller, […]

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Baby you can drive my car

Posted on Friday, November 23, 2018

My last thoughts (for now at least) on the 5G business case: I do not expect to see fully autonomous passenger-car driving in my lifetime. Sorry. I have another 20 or 30 years on the planet. Maybe. Hopefully, I suppose. I do not expect to travel in an autonomous vehicle except perhaps on a closed […]

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The futility of ex-post market-share control

Posted on Friday, October 19, 2018

A few weeks ago, I attended the Colombian Engineers’ Association (ACIEM) annual telecom conference. I am on the program committee so somewhat honor-bound to be there, but I would go anyway because it is one of the best small conferences of the year. Every time there is a C-level panel from the major operators and […]

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Do what you like, but don’t do it here

Posted on Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Colombia’s competition watchdog / consumer protection agency fined the telecom industry for ‘misleading’ its customers about broadband speeds over WiFi. The Superintendent of Industry and Commerce (SIC) says operators failed to warn clients adequately that headline speeds were only guaranteed for ethernet connections. I must be one of those customers ‘hoodwinked’ by those nasty (mostly […]

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The new Colombian Minister’s 4-billion-dollar question

Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2018

As I reported a few weeks ago, Colombia’s new President (Iván Duque sworn in on August 7th) brought a new Minister of ITC (aka MinTIC), Silvia Constaín. Now she has given her first interview and laid out what her priorities will be. The interview in El Tiempo was a week before her first major speech […]

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