Clean Water and Change Management

Years of trying to deliver clean water to the developing world teaches us (again) how hard it is for humans to change. It can be as extreme as dying rather than changing. Seem incredulous? Try the podcast.  “The difference between what we are doing and what we are capable of doing would solve most of the world’s problems.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Power is the most common cause of outages

Good infographic on data center downtime. What should strike you right away is the most common cause of outages is power. Also of note is that of the 7 causes, only 1 was IT equipment failure (e.g. networks, servers). This aligns to what I’ve seen with Oil & Gas field networks. The best two techniques for managing power issues is to add network redundancy and ensure qualified electrical engineers correctly design the network power sources.

Administrative medical errors are the 3rd leading cause of death in the USA

Medical errors (administrative errors) are the 3rd leading cause of death in the USA, trailing only to heart disease and cancer. My own experience confirms this. My cancer diagnosis was handled badly leading to a two year insurance battle. During a 26 hour hospital emergency visit I recall catching at least 3 administrative errors. I choose my doctor now based on their administrative staff.

Real Estate – The Emerging Market Tower Industry

The majority of effective broadband rural last mile is terrestrial wireless and that means communications towers are really important. The tower “real estate” industry is complicated – follow the link to see TowerXchange’s Value Chain illustration. What is this emerging real estate industry? Instead of people as tenants, the tenants are radios. The top 3 tower companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange collectively own, lease, manage 95,000 towers and are worth $69 Billion. One of these top 3 companies, SBA, has moved into Canada.

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Podcast: The Last Mile

An NPR Planet Money podcast on the last mile – I’m excited because this is essentially what I do; I’m a rural last mile Telecommunications Consultant. There is definitely no easy answer to the challenge of the last mile in North America but one thing we enjoy now vs a decade ago is that technology is not the problem. This is a leadership/governance issue. Copper is over, single mode fiber is the cable that should be installed now. But what must be overcome is culture and there needs to be an incentive to do it. PS. Rural vs urban are different but I want to keep this post short 🙂

Goodbye Moore’s Law

Move over Moore, it’s Cooper’s turn to shine! Moore’s Law and CPUs have enjoyed a wild ride but the S-curve states that all good things come to an end. However, Cooper’s law (or the law of Spectral Efficiency) continues to enjoy momentum. That is, data transactions will double over the same area of radio spectrum every 30 months. If you’re in Telecom you already know this maxim: build, rebuild and build again. And it’s been going since 1895!