What Not To Do With £200m Of Your Money

So the government’s Digital Britain roadmap goes into operation today.

Given that there are 245 pages of the report wot launches it, I have focused on one obvious element, which is how much public money is being spent on the great new digital Britain, that amount being £200m. Now, clearly, the government is looking to significantly increase the total amount of investment money available through various sources, but on face value, putting £200m towards a complete overhaul of the UK’s wired and wireless networks is akin to me and mate going down the pub and trying to get p****d on a fiver between us.

What I still find amazing is the lack of knowledge among the advisors for these reports – come on, who are you? – of all the optimisation technologies I immerse myself in, so you can get more from what’s already there, rather than replacing copper with fibre everywhere. From back-end to the mobile device in your paw there are excellent optimisation products at incredibly competitive prices, and all UK-developed.

Try jetNEXUS and Zeus for Load-Balancing and App Delivery, DBAM for WAN optimisation – DBAM now has completely hardware-free acceleration so forget Riverbed and the like; just a few lines of code on the App Server and acceleration to any client type (mobile included) is instant and excellent – watch this space for more details.

For basic acceleration and always staying connected, regardless of which network type you’re on – wired, WLAN, WWAN, Mobile – try Netmotion or Brand Communications. Brand even lets you aggregate bandwidth (channel bond) across all these networks simultaneously (as available).which is pretty cool.And I’m about to start some testing with another UK start-up: http://www.voip-x.co.uk/ – cramming loads of secure VoIP channels down a very small amount of bandwidth – e.g. 256Kbps – with the ability to create private networks, so free calls everywhere etc.

And then there’s Video3 – www.video3.co.uk – with a new release of its Internet conferencing software/service, so that we don’t have to stop all the meetings and conferences (inc. online training) just because our travel budgets have been slashed. And this stuff works perfectly down 1Mbps ADSL lines. The Scottish government actually does know about this product because its NHS uses it, but the info clearly hasn’t been passed on to Westminster.

I mean, why doesn’t the government know about these UK technologies, support them and make use of them? That way, all the investment could be put into the next generation of mobile data networks and we can do broadband anytime, anywhere. I mean, who needs WiFi hot spots if you have proper mobile broadband?

So, whoever you are out there responsible for the vision that is Digital Britain, please come and see me for 500 lines of “I must take more interest in the UK data optimisation technology start-ups” and a few contacts…

And talking of ADSL and the wonder that is BT – here’s another company that should pay heed to optimisation technologies. F’rinstance – at the home of the CTO of yet another UK start-up that should be on everyone’s radar – NewNetTechnologies – one Phil Snell, here is his latest experience of BT’s business class broadband service.

“The service was down for five days last week and from the weekend to now, so I’m using a Nokia E71 to get online.”

See what I mean about mobile data being the future?

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Steve, You mentioned a "cool" feature of Brand - Channel Bonding. Let me provide you with some good reasons why this feature is going to be critical: 1. An increasing number of mobile users are demanding channel bonding to increaase the bandwidth or improve the resilience of single network connections for applications like video. As soon as a video camera is turned on in a police car or fire engine or at an incident scene Brand Apollo allows the operator to add additional communications channels (same network or different network) to aggregate the throughput. Apollo measures performance and apllies compression, QoS optimization and Layer 2 encryption across each and all the pipes. Who needs to wait for 4G when you can get very similar performance out of a couple of 3G connections or 3G and a private system? 2. There is a huge potential for "warm handoff". Before a device moves from one network to another it is desirable for applications that are communicating to know about the performance of the new link they will use. This requires a true "make before break" where the new bearer is tested and quantified before being given sole care of the user's communications. IMO this will likely be the de-facto way of providing seamless mobility in the very near future and will redefine the use of this terminology. Brand Apollo is unique in being able to offer this. Pete