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Benoît FELTEN
Paris, France
CEO of Diffraction Analysis, NGA Expert, Music and Photography Enthusiast, Occasional Roleplayer, Married and Father of Two
Interests: web 2.0, jazz, harmonica, telecoms, progressive rock, role-playing games, photography, fiber to the home
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A few weeks back at the Alcatel Lucent analyst event, author Douglas Coupland treated us to a post-dinner speech on visions of the future. It was an interesting moment, but the highlight for me was these video adverts that he... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2012 at Fiberevolution
Last week I posted on the sharp dip in Akamai's average speed data in many countries in the world in the last quarter or two quarters. The piece has gotten some attention and a few responses were sent out to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2012 at Fiberevolution
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Last week a Milanese newspaper announced that Fastweb was abandoning its IPTV offer (in favor of distributing Sky's satellite Pay-TV solution). Fastweb blames the abandon on dwindling subscriptions and a tough economic climate. As Teresa Mastrangelo highlights in an excellent... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2012 at Fiberevolution
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When the latest Akamai's State of the Internet was released earlier this month, I reviewed it as I always do, and something in the data intrigued me. It looked like in a large majority of geographies, in the last or... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2012 at Fiberevolution
Freedom to Connect is a unique event in technology. The speakers there are just not the usual bunch of speakers, a mix of long-term visionaries and disruptive entrepreneurs. I felt a little pedestrian myself amongst that crowd, but I console... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2012 at Fiberevolution
In two weeks time on June 1st, my excellent ex-colleague Wally Swain and I will be running a one-day workshop on NGA business models in Bogota, Colombia, on the backend of the ACIEM Telecom Conference. The purpose of the workshop... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2012 at Fiberevolution
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Yesterday I was chatting online with one of my Italian friends and he told me that Stefano Quintarelli was one of the candidates for the seat of president of AGCOM). AGCOM, as you may know, is the Italian regulatory authority,... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2012 at Fiberevolution
In late 2011, Diffraction Analysis undertook a study of 13 FTTH operators for the FTTH Council Europe to determine optimal approaches to service strategies. The results were presented at the FTTH Council Europe Conference in Munich in February. Next week,... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2012 at Fiberevolution
To my surprise and delight, twitter is working from China (or maybe only from the Shanghai Pudong Shangri-La?) That means I can (and will) live tweet from the event. Since there's no official hashtag that I know of, I'll be... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2012 at Fiberevolution
This morning I'm flying out to Shanghai for the FTTH Council Asia Pacific conference. I will be speaking there, presenting preliminary results from a paper entitled "Measuring the Impact of 200µ fiber designs on FTTH deployment costs in China". If... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2012 at Fiberevolution
Despite its naff title 'The Villagers Digging for Victory', this article in the Telegraph is actually pretty good and contributes a fair amount of detail on the financial model of B4RN, the community rural project in the UK that I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2012 at Fiberevolution
In case you missed it, here's an opinion piece I posted on the Diffraction Analysis blog last week, about the relative cost of FTTH and why it's (in my opinion) generally not apprehended in the right way. It's called FTTH... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2012 at Fiberevolution
For the last year or so I've examined or analyzed a lot of broadband and related services adverts for a report we're planning to publish this year. Some concepts are better presented than others, but catch-up TV isn't always put... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2012 at Fiberevolution
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The Google Fiber blog released an interview of a Google Technical Manager talking about the deployment (in a heavily PR oriented way) a few days ago entitled: A Construction Update. It's frustratingly short and although it leaves me wondering about... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2012 at Fiberevolution
It would be easy to dismiss the B4RN initiative in the UK as such a small scale approach that it is meaningless, and that's no doubt what the lobbyists who try to shape policy and regulation in the UK are... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2012 at Fiberevolution
When I was in Munich last month for the annual FTTH Council Conference, there was much talk behind the scenes about the election of the new president of the Board: Chris Holden was reaching the end of his tenure. Chris'... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2012 at Fiberevolution
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I wrote last year about Huawei and the company's struggles to establish itself as a reputable company disconnected from the Chinese government. In the last few days a new setback came to light for the Chinese giant: the Australian Government... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2012 at Fiberevolution
A quick note to let you know that our annual free report on the state of FTTP deployments around the world is out: you can get it here! Here's the blurb in case you don't know what I'm talking about:... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2012 at Fiberevolution
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Being based in France, the French broadband market is inevitably one of the ones I know instinctively the best. I (and many others) have been saying for a while that the numerous announcements made around NGA in the last few... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2012 at Fiberevolution
I've been meaning to write about this for a while. The coverage of a number of recent legal "happenings" around online service providers has puzzled me and I wanted to weigh in on perhaps an opposite direction. In the connectivity... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2012 at Fiberevolution
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Bill Schrier (@billschrier) posted the following photo on twitter. I have long been saying that real-estate in general and temporary accomodation in particular hadn't grasped the commercial potential of next-generation connectivity. Mark my words though, we will see such adverts... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2012 at Fiberevolution
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In 2009, I was lucky and flattered enough to be invited to speak at Freedom to Connect, the telecom policy organised in Washington DC by David Isenberg. David's events are always wonderful, thought propoking and very networking friendly, but this... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2012 at Fiberevolution
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The Diffraction Analysis Booth It's been a little over a week since the 2012 edition of the FTTH Council Europe conference ended in Munich. It's been the most attended of the Council's conferences ever, and apparently has become the largest... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2012 at Fiberevolution
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If you read me on a regular basis, you will know that I'm certainly not amongst those that condemn regulation by default, far from it. I think in many countries, and at least as far as the telecom sector (and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2012 at Fiberevolution
For a number of weeks now, we've been hearing that Google has entered some troubled waters when it comes to its Kansas City Fiber project. The first customers were supposed to be connected in early 2012, and that's clearly not... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2012 at Fiberevolution