Thursday, January 24, 2002

I'm going off to Dubai for a few days, back at the end of the month. I'll be meeting people from the Government there so I can get an idea of what progress they've made on implementing e-government. The last time I looked, I was quite impressed. You can see their web site here. other people evidently think that it is pretty good too. Anyway, more when I'm back.

Friday, January 18, 2002

Earlier this week, on the 15th, there was a big session in the US on broadband roll-out, hosted by Technet. John Chambers (CISCO CEO) was there as I am sure were lots of other industry people. They've come up with the principles for broadband deployment, posted on the cisco site. I think it's interesting that broadband is still seen as a "government" issue (as noted by this piece being in the government & regulatory section of the CISCO site). The technet people are putting out a note to the president requesting that he sort out broadband - to every home and business in the USA by 2010. Many countries seem to think that no broadband is no future. I'm not convinced that we're there today, but 10 years out yes. Maybe even 5. But the capital cost of speculatively doing this is huge - certainly in the billions even for the UK and, for the US even more. You can't just rely on ADSL because that won't be fast enough; wireless isn't there yet; so the only alternative is fibre. To the doorstep! The thing to worry about is that it will take that long at least for the roll-out to happen - even to the 50% or so of the population that might be interested, plus to all the schools and colleges that will need it (and who will stimulate the next generation of users). But there's still no content - and government has less idea than anyone of what broadband content might look like.
I've just realised how much I admire people that can get blogs up and running and then keep them up to date on a daily basis; or even several times a day.I've been working so hard recently that there's been no time to do anything, much less keep this blog up to date, or even my website at diverdiver. There's so much I want to cover - I really want to take a look at e-government globally and build an index of who is doing what, how it's going and who's using it. That's going to take some time, but I think it will take some of the hype out of it all. All countries that I talk to are learning how to do this stuff, there isn't a clear roadmap, there's no-one to copy. Except what we're doing of course ;) They'll be big news on Monday 21st January 2002. Come back then to see what it is.

Sunday, January 06, 2002

The broadband debate is still raging and, although I am little behind, the argument's don't seem to have changed much. There's not enough content, BT are not doing what they need to do and the cable companies are struggling to keep up. Hmmm. Don't think it's that simple. See this piece.