Eugene Roman, CTO of Bell Canada, is giving a talk titled "We are all connected".
"This year is the 125th anniversary of Bell Canada, and in that 125 years, telecommunications has evolved into a highly complex set of networks", begins Eugene.
What is the impact of Moore’s Law, and what is the impact of Metcalfe’s Law? He re-asks the question as what is the impact of the digitization of everything, and what is the impact of ubiquitous, always-on, always-available broadband?
Eugene talks about the emergence of the hypernet — the next evolution of the Internet. Based on FTTN, FTTP, IP v6, XML as lingua franca and as routing system, meta systems, work BOTS, and hosted services. It’s a world where applications efficiently harness the power of the network, and the compute power in end point devices. This is the future of innovation.
10 years ago, if you had said Internet technologies are the future of communications, you would have been laughed out of the room. Today, everyone would nod their head. The autonomic, always on user is about smart devices everywhere, the anytime anywhere user, the emergence of the 4th screen (cellular phone?), and the digitization of everything.
The broadband world is all about services on demand.
Bell is focused on migrating their access network to FTTN, high speed wireless access networks, one IP/MPLS network, and introducing IP value added services. He mentioned the introduction of Bell Digital Voice, and talked about the unique strategy of using a softswitch to drive the PSTN.
He talks about new uses for the network once it’s on. Mostly pedestrian uses of networks that are already here. But as Nicholas Negroponte once said "The future is already here. It’s just unevenly distributed." He uses this as a jumping off point to talk about how digital services and products are different. He used the example of a recent wedding he went to — he called it the Digital Wedding — where he took 800 photos, and got 10 really good ones. The ratio is about right for an amateur photographer, but no amateur in the world of film would have spent the money on processing for 800 pictures.
What matters in a broadband world? The triple "S" play — speed, security, services. He says we need more than 22 mbits! Here here! When can I go to my Bell World store and order it? Security must be enhanced. 60% of email in North America is SPAM. Over 8,000 new viruses released in the first six months of the year. But innovative new applications are the most important piece. What will people do with this always-on bandwidth.
I liked this talk a lot. It related technology to life, and it’s impact on how we live, socialize, and work in the future. No earth shattering new ideas, but a lot of riffing and re-casting of common themes and popular ideas that made you rethink them.