Tuesday, March 18

Bandwidth

The fastest I have surfed is when I was alone on the campus (during a brief stay in summers) at Planet-I. It was a glorious 2mbps speed. And it rocked! All you want at a click of a button. Even when the campus was in full swing, with 300 odd participants surfing the internet, the net was still at a decent pace. This is India we are talking, where people still pay a big premium for connectivity.

Last week, one of my room-mate informs me that in UK, they are working on this new technology thats going to shoot the transfer rates beyond imagination. Just imagine, what would you do with transfer rates of 100mbps!! All data you want is completely accessible and available to you within seconds. An entire movie within seconds ... infact, the individual user's need for a personal storage drive just might go down. This combined with the fact that many websites are now showing a conceptual web-OS ... like Desktop2 or Fanbox. Also, many SMEs are now opting for the Software As a Service (SAS) model, where in the firm does not have to invest in the licensing cost of any software, but would rather pay a periodical amount for that service.

You could in fact, cut costs by having an hosted ERP, Google Docs, a web OS and dumb terminals hooked up to a hosted storage server all on the internet. Your capital expenditures go down, but the variable expenditures might go up. If the opportunity cost of your capex beats your opex, then you definitely have a winner here.

Think about an individual user, all media content available ... on a pay per usage basis of course. For gamers, there is the WWW as your LAN ... talk about one huge LAN party.

It does change your perspective on connectivity and storage does'nt it?

2 comments:

The Big K said...

100 mbps! OMG!

I talked to my friend who's in London at the moment and he said he's watching HD movies online as his hotel provides connectivity at 16 mbps! ooops! I was jealous!

However, India is catching up fast. I recently contacted BSNL and they are getting ready with their EVDO cards which will provide wireless access at few mbps (good!). However they'll take few more months before rolling out EVDO all over India.

There's one more related article in this weeks' BW (I guess), which says that some company from Japan is going to provide wireless devices that will work at speeds upto 14 mbps - imagine that!

:) Exciting stuff!

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Prasad said...

HD movies online :-) ... I see green!! Even Airtel has come out with this 8mbps line (limited downloads only).

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