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Repurposing of what we already have installed around us makes both economic and Net Zero sense

Back in May, BT Group announced it had changed a former cabinet unit in East Lothian, Scotland—as in, a cabinet traditionally used to store broadband and phone cabling--into an EV (Electric Vehicle) charging point.

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11 July 2024
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The advanced telco tech research quandary, Part 2: Do you want to be Steve Jobs… or just a tyre kicker?

In Part 1 of this discussion, we reviewed—deliberately sceptically—some of the congratulatory tone of the Trials & Projects review of the final “achievements” of the 5G PPP initiative to get industry and academia together to really push the envelope of what we can do with 5G, across multiple economic sectors and horizontal tech spaces.

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28 May 2024
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The advanced telco tech research quandary, Part 1: 700 million euros later, what does Europe, and more importantly, European operators actually have out of 5G PPP?

Back in December 2020, Orange published a really interesting blog about connected vehicles entitled The connected car crosses national borders.

In it, we find out about a “relatively unexplored field of communication” called V2X, Vehicle-to-Everything—and in particular, the use case of how any potential self-driving cars of the future would negotiate crossing national borders.

Guy Redmill
14 May 2024
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5G is doing just fine--but if you judge it by the wrong benchmark, it looks like it’s failed. So, we need to avoid making the same mistakes for 6G

Wow! What a disappointment that 5G was, huh?

The vendors all over-promised (‘Networks spent years telling us that 5G would change everything’) and (to quote the same sneery analysis) ‘the flashiest use cases are nowhere to be found’ and the industry will now have to find ways to somehow recoup all that investment (‘The race to 5G is over — now it’s time to pay the bill’).

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2 May 2024
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We may have found yet another use for fibre: finding out where your 1.4 billion insect companions are

Despite the slowdown of the Lockdown years, right now, we think there’s about 5 billion kilometres of lit fibre out there, including that 28,000-kilometre-long optical fibre connection line called FLAG.

Guy Redmill
16 Jan 2024
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Has getting rid of highly polluting High Sea fuel just got nearer?

In 2020, new International Maritime Organization regulations to reduce air pollution from shipping imposed strict limits on the sulphur content of marine fuels. The good news is that as a direct result, overall global emissions of sulphur dioxide (SO2) have dropped by about 10%, but the shift to low-sulphur shipping fuel has had an additional consequence: all the sulphur particles once contained in ship exhaust fumes seem to have been counteracting some of the warming coming from greenhouse gases—but lowering the sulphur content of marine fuel has weakened the masking effect, effectively giving a boost to warming.

Guy Redmill
8 Jan 2024
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Bathing in the goodness of what digital transformation’s really all about

We all love the countryside. (Indeed, there’s good evidence that as humans, we really need to be out in it as much as possible—a need the Japanese call forest bathing.) But unless you really are in a completely wild part of the world, what you are often seeing, from England’s green and pleasant land to the Netherlands’ rich tapestry of dikes and polders, is a very carefully managed industrial landscape.

Guy Redmill
21 Nov 2023
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If we made reuse our default, we might do a lot of good for the world—and our budgets

You may be familiar with the concept of an urban heat island (UHI). If you’re not, if you live in a big city, especially a capital one, your inner thermostat certainly does.

Guy Redmill
10 Nov 2023
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Using Nature’s Own Networks, Part 2

In the first part of our discussion on the huge potential for canals, rivers and waterways to not just be pretty parts of our industrial pasts but also to play a vital role in our digital futures, we talked about Europe’s vision for TEN-T—a cornerstone of European transport policy since the Maastricht Treaty was signed in 1992, which has crystallised in the last decade into a multi-billion euro drive to build an effective, EU-wide and multimodal transport network across Europe.

Guy Redmill
18 Oct 2023
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Using Nature’s Own Networks, Part1: The Power of the Inland Waterway

Back in 1989, when the first proposals for this World Wide Web thing were drafted (wonder whatever happened to that?), we were all going to see this great new film, ‘Honey, I Shrunk The Kids’ and Black Box (er, ok) were top of the charts—someone had the mad idea of installing cables under canal towpaths.

Guy Redmill
11 Oct 2023
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Repurposing of what we already have installed around us makes both economic and Net Zero sense

Back in May, BT Group announced it had changed a former cabinet unit in East Lothian, Scotland—as in, a cab...
11 July 2024
Blog

The advanced telco tech research quandary, Part 2: Do you want to be Steve Jobs… or just a tyre kicker?

In Part 1 of this discussion, we reviewed—deliberately sceptically—some of the congratulatory tone of the T...
28 May 2024