Broadband boost for cash strapped states

Broadband could prove to be the panacea for the cash strapped state economies, according to a report by Citizens for a Sound Economy.

“Every state in the country stands to benefit—170,000 new jobs in California, 90,000 in New York, and 80,000 in Texas, just to name a few—and encouraging widespread broadband deployment will restore many of the jobs that were lost in the burst of the technology bubble,” said Dr. Wayne Brough, chief economist for CSE Freedom Works Foundation and author of the study in a press release.

Broadband has the ability to counter the flight of jobs to overseas markets.

bq. The study explains how widespread deployment of broadband technologies to residential customers will create demand for the production of fiber optic lines, its installation and support, and will create “spillover” jobs in other industries spurred by an expanded broadband consumer base. Analysis of the data shows that the total of these new jobs will be 1.2 million—enough to replace every lost job in the sector twice over.

Cameraphones as scanners

Cameraphones are fun and all, but this clearly is a wonderful application.

bq. Scanbuy has launched ScanZoom-A new product from Scanbuy that allows mobile camera phones to work as portable barcode scanners. Users snap a quick picture of a bar code to check competitorsÌ prices and get additional information about music CDs, books and other products.

bq. ScanZoom can be installed on mobile devices either by embedded microchip or via download at ScanZoom. Once downloaded to a PC, ScanZoom can be installed on a mobile phone by BlueTooth, infrared, WAP, or SMS.

Cult of lone-coders

Thanksgiving Day might be over, but there is one group of individuals who we have a lot to thanks for. The lone coders – who put-in hours, days and months and develop a piece of software that we so desperately need but cannot, find anywhere. This is a new category and the reason why I have added it to the blog is here in the essays section of my blog.

Wireless guys in the public eye

For past two weeks or so, I have been focussing closely on the issue of wireless number portability, encouraged by my friend Peter over at Gizmodo. Peter is running a poll on the issue, and I for one am watching the developments quite closely. So what’s on the menu today? wireless advertising and the number portability.

If you read a story in the New York Times, you will find out that the wireless companies are not looking to boost their media spend, or as us common folk call it, advertising in the next few months. Why? Well the hokey reasons that have been offered by the phone companies don’t cut it, at least for me.

I think the real reason is that they have to figure out how to cut costs and not promote number portability because that is detrimental to their business. Less the consumer knows, the better it is for the phone companies.

Another story which caught my eye this morning was on MSNBC. which outlines that phone companies have struck deals with marketers (I am assuming mostly the bad tele-marketers) to let us bombard with marketing messages. More on this later.

Broadband Behavior: I Want My Info Now!

Tenure online has a profound impact on behavior. The longer you’re online, the more your behavior changes, the more you adapt, the more likely you are to be in an always-on environment and the more likely that will accelerate the change in your behavior. According to a UCLA study that AOL participated in, 50% of… [AlwaysOn Network]

GIG-Be contract helps out Sycamore

The Defense Information Services Agency (DISA) has announced the winners of the large GIG-BE contract, and laughing all the way to the bank is Sycamore Networks, which has been desperate for some good news. Incidentally, GIG-Be stands for the Global Information Grid – Bandwidth Expansion. The contract was expected to be around $850 million but in the end it is going to add up to about $600 million, according to RBC Capital Markets.

DISA was looking for four primary components: long-haul transport and switching, optical digital cross-connects (ODXC), multiservice provisioning platforms (MSPP), and IP Routing. RBC asserts that Alcatel, Siemens, Fujitsu and Nortel were left out in the cold because they were not American companies. And that is just fine with Sycamore, Ciena, Cisco and a motley crew of others who have gotten a piece of the action.

Here are the winners and loosers as ranked by our friends at RBC.

* Sycamore got the Optical Cross-Connect business. Beat out Ciena’s CoreDirector and Lucent’s LambdaUnite. Estimated at roughly $80 million, the ODXC portion of the contract is relatively small contract but will have a significant impact on SCMR.
* Ciena got $150-$200 million Long Haul Transport business.
* Cisco Wins Multiservice Provisioning Platform (MSPP). Cisco’s 15454 pummeled Lucent’s DMX product as well as Ciena, Fujitsu, Alcatel and Nortel. Size of the contract is mere $50-$100 million.
* Juniper and Cisco Split IP RoutingJuniper appears to have won the core routing while Cisco has won the edge.
* Lucent, Corvis are big losers.

A new kind of sexuality….

A man who wants to buy Clinique for Men, for example, has to want the stuff so badly that he will walk up to the women’s cosmetics counter in a department store, where Clinique for Men is sold. A man who wants Diesel jeans has to be willing to pay $135 a pair. A man who insists on Grey Goose has to get comfortable with paying $14 for a martini. “The guy who drinks Grey Goose is willing to pay extra,” said Lee Einsidler, executive vice president of Sydney Frank Importing, which owns Grey Goose. “He does it in all things in his life. He doesn’t buy green beans, he buys haricots verts.” [The New York Times]

Technology Has Telcos Dialing 911

Think of voice-over Wi-Fi as the love child of two hot developments in telecom: voice-over IP and wireless broadband. The technology is catching on fast and could give mobile phone companies a run for their money. By Peter Rojas from Wired magazine. [Wired News]

GSM versus CDMA, a political issue now

Of all the dumb things to say, politicians find something dumber. This morning’s
Wall Street Journal reports that Rep. Darrell Issa wrote to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and plugged CDMA. Good idea, perhaps, but for the wrong reasons. “We have learned that planners at the Department of Defense and USAID are currently envisioning using federal appropriations to deploy a European-based wireless technology known as GSM (‘Groupe Speciale Mobile’ — this standard was developed by the French)
for this new Iraqi cellphone system,” Mr. Issa wrote. Issa, a republican, contends that if GSM technology is deployed in Iraq then most of the equipment for that is going to come from Europe. The “U.S. government will soon hand U.S. taxpayer dollars over to French, German, and other European cellphone equipment companies to build the new Iraqi cellphone system. This is not acceptable,” he wrote. The dim-wit does not realize that Motorola is one of the biggest players in GSM business, and Nokia and Ericsson are from Finland and Sweden, two countries which have been US friends for longer than the CDMA standard has been around. Of course there is that whole issue of GSM being used by 60 percent of the world, and that Iraqis who travel to say Kuwait cannot use CDMA handsets because mostly everyone in Middle East uses GSM. Issa is a millionaire – he founded Directed Electronics of Vista, which makes Viper car alarms. He received $4,500 from
Qualcomm in contributions.
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