Sunday, May 15, 2011

some interesting reading

well this weekend has passed lazily. I watched green lantern - first flight thrice (third time bacause my neighbors son insisted on it - we both loved it.

Read Joomla!™ 1.6: A User’s Guide: Building a Successful Joomla! Powered Website, Third Edition. over at safari - I have been working on a few sites. Between Joomla, Drupal and Plone I have to choose a CMS. Joomla and Plone4 seem to be winning out for various reasons but thats neither here nor there.

I also went through Ivan's webinar on upcoming internet challenges and decided oh hey...look some affect me:-)...

The top one is the fact that TV over access networks is now a reality in Kenya. DSTV started streaming over safaricom's network. Which means my cell phone is a tiny media house now. It's not yet 'that killer app' but we're headed there. compared to netflix's 1M subscribers connecting through Level 3 doing about 3Tbps, we're nowhere near that capacity.

NAT - arghh this one pains me, its even worse -for me-that some of the solutions being proposed for ipv6 is NAT.....we're lazy...again

The other one is business model failures. and misleading service definitions. I think we're still experimenting with how to bill data. I expect a lot of money to be wasted especially with DPI's and trying to bill per service. Imagine if you were billing skype as a service, now Microsoft bought them and suddenly your DPI will probably need to look at totally new metering bits/rule base to decide on what/how to bill. The effort is not worth it. chances of messing up and pissing off customers is high.

In a few networks I know, DPI is used for good. It ensures fair usage for all.

Unbundling the local loop in Kenya is quite easy with the right policies. Heck I think it would fit very nicely for a startup based in one of the upcoming high growth counties.

and there's more and it goes on...some day i'll be writing better...for now you're stuck with my thoughts and notes...

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