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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.

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16 January 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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AI and Future of Telco 3 of 3: Automation is foundational - and also really, really cool

Do we need network automation to make the telco sector “viable”?

Guy Redmill
29 Sep 2023
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AI and Future of Telco 2 of 3: AI is fundamental to 6G

In the first part of this short three-part Summer 2023 look at AI and Future of Telco, we looked at the importance of standards for both 6G and AI’s success at the political level.

Guy Redmill
13 Sep 2023
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AI and Future of Telco 1 of 3: Who said standards are boring?

“AI is gaining attention: there are all sorts of concerns regarding its application across different sectors, how it processes data, and how it can be aligned with other data processing regulations. It's a bit unruly at the moment, and we're acting on trust in most cases.”

Guy Redmill
6 Sep 2023
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Is committing to ESG the modern equivalent of Pascal’s Wager?

ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) is something many industries have had to worry about for some time. Well, ‘worry’ is a strong term; sceptics say there’s plenty of evidence that companies say one thing and do another here, and there’s some evidence investors have cooled on it in some markets. Maybe we can forget about this TLA for the time being, as some boards admit they have?

Guy Redmill
8 Aug 2023
Guy Redmill
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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 f...
16 January 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 ...
8 January 2024