Thursday 6 August 2015

Telcos' revenge is coming as SDN brings a way to build smart pipes

Wanna watch the Olympics in 8K with no jitter? Hand over your credit card, kid

Telcos, terrified of being consigned to eternal status as ‘dumb pipes’, keep coming up with crazy ideas for over-the-top (OTT) high-value services. In America, they’re buying entertainment properties. Comcast, easily that nation’s most hated company, purchased NBCUniversal so that they’d have something to transmit over all that fibre they’re laying past US homes to blunt the growing threat from Google. Telstra has a 50% stake in Foxtel - creating a substantial conflict of interest when the former monopolist entertains the thought of providing higher bandwidth to consumers - voting with their dollars for Netflix type cable-cutting services. And so on.…

via The Register - Networks

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