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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli,
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6/25/2017 | 11:37:23 PM
Re: The federated model is the key
The model being explored hinted at here of leveraging existing and future customer networks/connection points has already been under heavy consideration for years -- the idea being known as "Carrier Wi-Fi".

I remember a cloud/IoT conference a few years back in Boston where one Google executive, Don Dodge, speaking on a panel, discussed this very thing. The panel moderator, tech journalist Barb Darrow (then of GigaOm, now of Fortune), pointedly retorted, "Will you pay my...bill?"

Dodge's hesitating response: "Uh, the business model hasn't been worked out yet..."

(And, of course, this does not even begin to get into the other -- more technical -- considerations for these customers (such as privacy, security, etc.))
Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli,
User Rank: Light Sabre
6/25/2017 | 11:33:16 PM
SF & others
Considering the vast number of network alternatives there (not to mention ongoing innovation), I consider the S.F. market to be a very important area for Comcast to have focused on thus far (along with Philly & Chicago).

As these IoT trials proliferate from city to city across the world, industry watchers should "keep score" as to who is participating in -- and who winds up dominating -- each major market.
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6/23/2017 | 8:03:43 PM
Re: The federated model is the key
The IoT plans could well undergo some of the growing pains of wireless in its early days as there was either too few towers, connection problems from other issues or overhyped expectations. It will be interesting to see what performance Comcast considers to be good enough to stay on schedule (or accelerate it) for other deployments.
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6/20/2017 | 11:27:23 PM
The federated model is the key
I see operators (here in South / SE Asia) struggling with the IoT business case - they know they need to do it but are finding that they hype may be running ahead of business reality. It's becoming clear that the connectivity part of the IoT business represents only a small sliver (some say as little as 1%) of the overall business opportunity. Under the circumstances, they can either go deep (consulting, integration, monitoring - skills they lack and largely lack the ability to sustain even if they hire) or broad, through federation, increasing the overall size of the pie so that 1% counts for a whole lot more. Seen in that light, the B2B2B approach Comcast appears to be taking makes tremendous sense.

- Varun.

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