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regional areas - Torben Rune

  1. 1. The potential of broadband in regional areas September 17. 2009 by Torben Rune
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>What is ”real” broadband </li></ul><ul><li>Some examples </li></ul><ul><li>Why broadband infrastructure is regarded non important </li></ul><ul><li>Network neutrality </li></ul>
  3. 3. Fiber <ul><li>Optical fibers are to regional areas what the railways were to society </li></ul><ul><li>The difference is: The impact of broad- band networks is not recognized </li></ul>
  4. 4. Technology ”neutral” broadband coverage in DK Q4-2008
  5. 5. Fiber broadband coverage in DK Q4-2008
  6. 6. What is real broadband? Broadband and technology
  7. 7. What do we need it for? kbit/sec
  8. 8. Examples National Health Services Pilot <ul><li>Scottish Centre for Telehealth (SCT) </li></ul><ul><li>HealthPresence combines state-of-the-art video, audio, and medical information from devices to create an environment similar to what most people experience when they visit their doctor or specialist </li></ul>
  9. 9. The HealthPresence Experience Integration with medical devices and information systems High definition visual contact for rich patient doctor interaction Ease of use ; Scalability - many pods to many doctors
  10. 10. MedCom DK – Translation service <ul><li>Demand: </li></ul><ul><li>Hospitals: 75.000 patient interpetations / year </li></ul><ul><li>Private helthcare: 130.000 patient interpetations / year </li></ul><ul><li>5 month trail at 1 hospital in two languages: </li></ul><ul><li>85 interpetations </li></ul><ul><li>Cost reduction: 75% </li></ul>
  11. 11. Distance learning Gilly Salmons five-stage model for distance learning *) *) Salmon, Gilly, 2004. E-moderating – the key to teaching and learning online. London: RoutledgeFalmer, 2nd Edition.
  12. 12. Little attention to broadband <ul><li>Why is the broadband infrastructure not regarded as top priority by local government? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>”Too complicated / too technical” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>”EU wants a free market” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>”It is only a new TV network” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>”Broadband is not a part of an essential infrastructure” </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>” Too complicated / too technical” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wrong: Broadband networks has been around for the last 30 years. The technology is plain vanilla </li></ul></ul><ul><li>” EU wants a free market” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Yes, but this is an infrastructure market and it will never be free. Services on the infrastructure must be free </li></ul></ul><ul><li>” It is only a new TV network” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wrong: Entertainmaint is one out for thousands of services on a brodaband network </li></ul></ul><ul><li>” Broadband is not a part of an essential infrastructure” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wrong: This infrastructure is as essential as road, utilities, water, </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Network neutrality <ul><li>What is it? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A neutral broadband network is one that is free of restrictions on content, sites, or platforms, on the kinds of equipment that may be attached, and on the modes of communication allowed, as well as one where communication is not unreasonably degraded by other communication streams, or: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>network neutrality is the principle that all Internet traffic should be treated equally </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What is the problem? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>That the provider of infrastructure often is the same as the provider of services </li></ul></ul>Wiki:
  15. 15. Network neutrality <ul><li>In a non-netural network you may experience: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Restrictions on how you communicate and with whom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bundling of prices across services and infrastructure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poor or no service from providers with no relation to the infrastructure owner </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Torben Rune Mg. director MsC. EE. Netplan A/S Frydenborgvej 27D DK3400 Hillerød Denmark Phone: +45 48 24 68 28 Mobile: +45 40 30 28 71 E-mail: