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Online, offline, up a tree, down a cellar – effective networking is all in the mix

Being so fascinated by and engrossed in social networking, and digital media relations more widely, I'm asked on a regular basis "What's the point of spending so much time online?".

The very basis of the question betrays the fact that the questioner still, like the majority of people to be fair, feels it necessary to divide their life up into "offline" and "online" portions. Yet they don't distinguish "time eating / not eating", "time talking / listening", "time with new people / with old acquaintances", "time on the phone / not on the phone".

Like eating, listening and telephones, digital media simply exists.  It is part of life.  Sure it may have its unique characteristics, but then what doesn't?  I am living, working, having fun, exploring, innovating, learning... some of which just happens to be online and some offline. Read more

UK Next Generation Access – what might we have to play with?

We've come a long way since 56k dial-up, and marketers have long taken advantage of the audio-visual capabilities of broadband for advertising (digital media marketing more generically) and not-paid-for influence (digital media relations). You only have to witness the furore created by the online videos seeking to influence the US primaries.

But what is broadband, and where are we going from here?

To quote Connect's excellent report "Connecting Britain's Future - the slow arrival of fast broadband":

So what do we mean then by fast broadband? There is no standard set of definitions, but commonly:

  • narrowband would mean up to 512kbit/s
  • broadband would mean up to 25mbit/s
  • fast broadband would mean anything over 25mbit/s

The common industry term for such fast broadband is NGA - Next Generation Access.

Over sixty people from the communications industry (the other communications industry... the one with the switches, wires and fibres) came together yesterday evening at the Convergence Conversation event I chair, and invested a couple of hours teasing out the complexities of delivering NGA in the UK. Read more

Convergence Conversation: Prospects for next generation access in the UK

The third convergence conversation of 2008 will look at the impact that new bandwidth intensive services are placing on the UK's broadband infrastructure.

I'm delighted to be chairing the event, and we'll kick off with the following speakers:

  • Angus Flett - BT Wholesale
  • Geoffrey Spencer - Nortel
  • Antony Walker - Broadband Stakeholder Group
  • Bill Gash - Partners in TV
  • Mike Aigner - Geo Networks
  • Chris Barraclough - STL Partners

What's the topic?

Recent rumblings from ISPs have highlighted the fact that new bandwidth intensive on demand services are placing an enormous strain on ISPs' "all you can eat" business model. The BBC's iPlayer alone has already enjoyed rapid uptake with over 17 million programmes streamed or downloaded in the first seven weeks following its Christmas day launch. Read more

Convergence Conversation: The 21st century classroom – opportunities for digital education

The second convergence conversation of 2008 will be on the potential impact of converging technologies on education.

What's being talked about?

Jim Knight, the schools' minister, recently announced that he wanted to allow parents to access 'frequently-updated information on children's achievement, progress, attendance, behaviour and special needs wherever, whenever parents want, using password-protected, secure, online systems'.

Here then is the potential impact of convergence on the delivery of education. Read more