From W3 to the World Wide Web

Fifteen years ago this week, on the 30th of April 1993, two directors from the CERN Particle Physics Laboratory signed and published a document which relinquished "all intellectual property rights to" and permitted "anyone to use, duplicate, modify and redistribute" a technology they referred to as W3. Today W3 is better know as the World Wide Web, but the concept…

Mobile Broadband dongles find success in UK

There seems to have many news stories about the imminent rise of 3G technology in the UK over the last few years. Looking back these stories would seem to have heralded repeated false dawns with 3G being relegated to little more than another mobile voice calling technology. However we now seem to have positive proof that 3G based mobile broadband…

“Making Multicore Work” Seminars

February has been a particularly busy month. So busy, in fact, that I was not able to make time to be at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Instead I have spent most of the month completing a tour of seven European cities presenting at a joint Wind River/Freescale/Virtutech seminar series. The theme of the seminar was "Making Multicore Work".…

The emergence of the Femtocell

Amongst all the news (and some would say hype) about Fixed Mobile Convergence, there is another market dynamic being played out which may lead to an alternative form of change. Fixed-to-Mobile Substitution (or FMS) aims to increase the proportion of calls made from traditional 2G/3G mobile handsets at the expense of those made from other devices such as fixed lines…

Fixed Mobile Convergence : Evolution or Revolution ?

The last couple of months have seen a flurry of reports on the subject of the future prospects for Fixed Mobile Convergence (from, for example, Pyramid Research and IDC) which has, in turn, spawned a flurry of web articles and blog comment on the same subject. The consensus among most of these reports is that Fixed Mobile Convergence (or FMC)…

Climber makes “worlds highest mobile phone call”

Mobile telephony reached another frontier yesterday when the British climber Rod Baber set a new record by making the world's highest land-based mobile phone call from the summit of Everest. According to his sponsor (Motorola) Rod Baber made a call from 29,035 feet (8848 metres) to a voicemail box. You can listen to his message via a link on the…

Evolving Architecture Standards race on

On Wednesday of last week I had the chance to present at the Evolving Architecture Standards Conference in the UK. The event was focused on the ATCA, AMC and MicroTCA standards and gave delegates the chance to learn more about the evolution, capabilities and potential uses of these technologies. Apart from presentations from representatives of Intel, Motorola, PICMG, Schroff and…

Carrier Grade Linux version 4.0 specification is released

Last week saw Carrier Grade Linux take a further step forward with the release of the latest version of the specification. The CGL 4.0 document, released on 26th February 2007, is the result of work by individuals in many organizations and heralds a new level of collaboration between all those involved in the Carrier Grade equipment business. CGL 4.0 is…

Hello from 3GSM in Barcelona

I am writing this during the third day of the of the 3GSM Conference and Show in Barcelona. Having walked the halls (or at least some of them) over the last couple of days it is apparent to me now just how huge this show is; in the region of 1,300 stands spread over six huge halls and approximately 60,000…

BT encouraged to be more open

I have often written in this blog about open source and its use in the kinds of equipment which sits at the heart of telecommunications networks. Carrier Grade Linux and other open source technology, whilst not quite pervasive yet, are becoming more and more commonplace as underlying component technologies in mobile and Internet core elements. On the other hand, I…