If anyone is interested in coming and is not an Alumni, please let me know and I’ll check if it is open to non-Alumni.
Trevor Textor thinks a lot about broadband internet and sometimes cell phone plans. You know, it hurts, but sometimes you have to. He has pivot tabled these subjects to death and has come to some conclusions. For instance, he discovered why cell phone plans are so expensive in Canada and why that’s unlikely to change much without Canada having an Open Access Network business model for telecommunications. While trying to convince businesses to use broadband internet services that actually work, and pay the corresponding price, he stumbled over some other really interesting things. These things brought him to the conclusion that broadband is the “railroad” of our era and how it critically impacts democracy.
Why are cell phone plans so expensive in Canada?
The cost of service has little to do with the radio services themselves, it’s all about infrastructure. In Canada the big 3 telecommunications companies maintain a monopoly on this infrastructure and this monopoly is regulated via the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). But even with regulation, it is not encouraging the right behaviour with respect to infrastructure so that savings can trickle down to consumers. Trevor will explain how an “Open Access Network” (OAN) business model benefits Canadians and how an infrastructure marketplace could scale it.
Broadband is the “railroad” of our era and is critical to democracy.
The United Nations says it best: “… [A]ffordable broadband connectivity to the Internet is a foundation stone of modern society…Broadband does not just comprise infrastructure; today, widespread broadband connectivity offers the prospects of new services and an information revolution to change – and challenge – our very approach to development.” Trevor will walk through the socioeconomics of broadband and the future technologies that will drive broadband growth.
I am very excited to be speaking locally in Calgary at the Instrumentation, Systems & Automation (ISA) Calgary Show April 22-23, 2015. The presentation is entitled “Understanding the Remote Field Data Communications Challenge” and it scheduled for Thursday, April 23 @ 9:30am.
Remote field data communications is challenging. There are often multiple teams and vendors involved and no-one seems to have the big picture! Automation systems require different wireless systems than traditional broadband internet systems further confusing what should be used. This talk by Trevor Textor will help unravel the complexities and highlight:
The differences between automation traffic and traditional broadband traffic and how that might change the radios installed based on the circumstances.
Understanding wireless frequencies and the reasons different wireless frequencies are not better/worse than the other.
How video changes traditional approaches to communications (telecom as a utility).
How traditional IT merging into the automation world necessitates a different model between IT and engineering.
Financial impacts of a digital oilfield and how a “connected field” can deliver the dream of “just turn it on anywhere”.
What is telecom passive infrastructure? Why should we care?
How telecom passive infrastructure engineering determines your bandwidth availability.
When should a business think about passive telecom infrastructure?
How much does rural data communications outages actually cost?
Trevor Textor is a rural data communications expert with over a decade of experience. Trevor has participated in wireless system design, control system segregation projects, radio equipment evaluations and facility drawing reviews (to name just a few).
Please note: Trevor adheres to the CTCA code of ethics, has no agency relationships with equipment vendors and will attempt to provide fact and generic experience based advice.