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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Superfast Internet [10,000 times faster]: The bandwidth saga continues

"THE internet could soon be made obsolete. The scientists who pioneered it have now built a lightning-fast replacement capable of downloading entire feature films within seconds. At speeds about 10,000 times faster than a typical broadband connection..." [source]

What would you use it for?

Of course there are uses for high bandwidth [such as improved video-conferencing capabilities], but Entertainment remains the primary usage of internet currently. And of course, bandwidth is like money, no matter how much you give people, they will always want more.

However, the reason internet has not progressed to faster speeds at a faster rate is because there are ideas for usage of it, but no realization of these ideas due to the strict restrictions on
online-content-sharing and -delivery. Consumers want things free, but there are restrictions on what content can be delivered for free, and how it can be delivered. By content, I refer to movies, music, and other entertainment forms that are enabled by increased-bandwidth. And when it comes to these media, there always exists the battle of license, copyright, piracy.

Unless the music and film industries come together amongst themselves and set standards and procedures to enable and drive such IT innovations [as increased bandwidth, and media delivery services], these inventions will never be of use. The construct needs to be reformed, and instead of increased-bandwidth enabling increased-content-provision, content providers need to enable increased-bandwidth. IT customers [including music and movie industry leaders] need to push and drive IT, by providing the appropriate standardization enablers.

[Concepts derived from Mochella, David (2003). Customer-Driven IT: How users are shaping technology industry growth, Harvard Business School Press, Boston, Massachusetts, USA].