Many countries around the world, including New Zealand, Australia and the UK are investing heavily in next generation Fibre networks. It still surprises me when commentators ask ‘what we will do with it?’.
I think it’s our role in the industry to show how Fibre can provide a step change in productivity.
Today I couldn’t make it into our dev center in person so we did a product review over Skype. It was incredibly effective using Skype to talk and Skype screen sharing. But it was a one to one experience. Still useful and I was feeling good about it. I saved a plane ticket, heaps of carbon and rather than wasting time traveling home afterwards I went for a mountain bike.
Then I saw this video of startup Zorap (yes all of the good names have been taken) from last weeks Demo conference. Here is a great example of the sort of applications that get developed when you have access to super fast and cost effective broadband.
While you’re waiting for the video of the presentation to stutter down your broadband connection, Zorap is manipulating multiple video streams, photos and presentations in a very natural experience. This would be fantastic for cross region collaboration. Imagine being able to have meetings online like that. Well in the US, you just expect that to work.
A service like this could not work in New Zealand. I can see a real risk of a digital divide developing between those in larger countries that can experience these new innovative services and those who continue to work as we have for the last 10 years.
Another great example of how rich communication experiences can get with fibre is this Microsoft concept video.
The education scenario’s are just beautiful. I want my kids to have that.
Fibre will change how we live and work. Every small business should be able to have phone numbers anywhere, do desk-to-desk high definition video conferencing between partners, customers and advisors. Attend virtual training and specialty international conferences from your home. Rich product catalogs could be seamlessly swapped.
I hope these video’s show you what is possible. The future looks exciting if we invest in the infrastructure to connect to it.