Benoit Felten - The Universal Connectivity Revolution

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Presentation at the Workshop on Municipal Fiber Networks, October 24th 2011 in Ghent, Belgium. The workshop was organised by Ghent University - IBCN / IBBT. More information about this event can be found at http://http://events.ibbt.be/en/workshop-municipal-fiber-networks.

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Benoit Felten - The Universal Connectivity Revolution

  1. 1. THE UNIVERSAL CONNECTIVITYREVOLUTIONBenoît Felten, CEObenoit@diffractionanalysis.com
  2. 2. Who is Diffraction Analysis ? • Diffraction Analysis is a combination of expertise and resources between Tactis Benoît Felten Tactis, a recognized European NGA Established European Thought leader in NGA consultancy and Benoît Felten, a NGA Consultancy strategies, known and renowned NGA thought leader. specialised in Digital respected global analyst Territory Strategies, Policy and « infamous » tech and Regulation. blogger. • Diffraction Analysis’ research is global in scope and relies on regional expertise in key trending markets to map progression, successes and failures and leading transformations in the NGA space. Diffraction Analysis • Diffraction Analysis is Global Research and Consultancy specialised in headquartered in Paris with the revolution in the access and the employees and contributors all over transformation it drives in the telecom the world. ecosystem.
  3. 3. Where does this all start?
  4. 4. Why is the question of public intervention back? • Infrastructure and services are two different businesses • The copper network wasn’t built with private money • Private next-generation infrastructure deployment is not really happening in most markets • When next-generation infrastructure is deployed, it’s done in a captive way to ensure low competition
  5. 5. Common arguments for public involvement? « We need a fiber to the premise infrastructure and private businesses want to sweat their copper. » « We need an alternative infrastructure to encourage service competition. »« We need a universal infrastructure to connect all citizens, not just those that cost less or pay more. » Fiber to the Premise Competitive Universal
  6. 6. How do private businesses respond? Fiber There’s no demand for FTTP and it’s too expensive. to the xDSL is enough for the foreseeable future. Premises Cable is competition (or) bitstream access will be theCompetitive platform for future competition. We are a private business and cannot be expected to Universal connect everyone without public money.
  7. 7. Universal Access Makes the Difference Citizens Urban Parents Voters Planning Education Home-Owners Professionals Local Healthcare Tax Office Community Childhood Information Services Universal Public Competitive Social PublicAdministration Registry FTTP Housing Services Office Infrastructure Social Elections Services Employment Grocery, Local Supermarkets Safety Home Security Culture Public Banks Library Businesses
  8. 8. Example One: Getting a Building Permit Citizens Urban Parents Voters Planning Education Citizens Video-communication Home-Owners for interactions Local Professionals Remote Form-Filling Healthcare Childhood Tax Office Community Information Services Shared project wiki Universal Public Competitive Social PublicAdministration Registry FTTP Housing Services Office Infrastructure Social Benefits Services Elections Employment Grocery, Citizen: Local Supermarkets time saved, less hassle Safety Home Security Culture Municipality: Public Banks traceability, time Library saved, Businesses money saved
  9. 9. Example Two: Setting up an Appointment Citizens Urban Parents Voters Planning Education Citizens Home-Owners Local Professionals Healthcare Childhood Tax Office Community Information Services Universal Public Competitive Social PublicAdministration Registry FTTP Housing Services Office Infrastructure Social Elections Services Benefits Employment Multi-screen interface Grocery, Local for appointments Supermarkets Citizen: Safety Home time saved, less hassle Security Culture Public Banks Reminders/easy Municipality: Library cancellation time & money saved Businesses
  10. 10. Example Three: Public & Private Safety Citizens Urban Parents Voters Planning Video-monitoring Citizens Education Home-Owners in streets and social housing Local Professionals Healthcare Alerting systems to Childhood Tax Office Community Information private surveilance and Services Universal public enforcement Public Competitive Social PublicAdministration Registry FTTP Housing Services Office Infrastructure Social Benefits Services Elections Employment Grocery, Citizen: Local Supermarkets safety, peace of mind Safety Home Security Culture Municipality: Public Banks Library public safety, Businesses coordination & response
  11. 11. Implications on Project Philosophy• Municipalities will only truly leverage next-generation infrastructure if they are ubiquitous• Only those municipalities that are willing to completely rethink the way public services are offered should launch large-scale, long-term infrastructure projects• The impact on the local economy, social welfare and (consequently) the political windfall can be significant, but only if the infrastructure and the services are designed together
  12. 12. Implications on Project Technology Public e-services Internet Internet Access Wholesale Community LAN Infrastructure Infrastructure PC, Smartphone PC, Smartphone, TV, Text, Phone Citizens
  13. 13. An ideal scenario• Relying on internet access is an easy solution that may not always be relevant because it requires adoption of a commercial product for access• Whether internet is the solution or not, intermediation between stakeholders needs to be curated, ideally by a local private business• If PPPs can be a way to obtain universal access without sacrificing future-proofing or competition, they are well worth pursuing
  14. 14. No bed of roses• Private access providers (especially incumbents and cable operators) will fight back with all they have: Fiber to the What Future Siphoning Innovation orPress Release Needs? Subsidies Litigation?• Scale and competence are necessary for economic viability• Fragmented local networks do not a national network make
  15. 15. Some Conclusions1 Universal access enables the rethink of public services (and other local businesses)2 In the absence of private investment, communities can take matters into their own hands3 Don’t work in isolation, build bridges to other muni- networks4 It’s a long and hard road
  16. 16. Thank You !Benoît Felten, CEObenoit@diffractionanalysis.com@fiberguy+33 6 18 24 31 89

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