I got hooked on the new Kevin Costner series Yellowstone as much as the rest of the nation. It’s a rare look into the backend of the American ranching industry, albeit wrapped around our country’s love of gangsters, action and family drama. But as I watched the first episode, I couldn’t help but look at it from a completely different angle than most, one where had family patriarch John Dutton come to me first, he could have saved hundreds of thousands of dollars and <spoiler alert ahead> most importantly, his son’s life.
The Emperor Has No Clothes: Is Throttling Inevitable as Many Suggest Or Are We Just Missing the Bigger Picture?
By now you probably know that Verizon wireless has begun putting caps on video streaming applications such as Neflix and others (read The Verge article here outlining the changes). When we called the provider to ask, the sales agent was very quick to correct us when we used the word “throttle” and told us that it wasn’t at all throttling but instead “prioritization” of traffic based on the subscription plan of the user.
Apple’s recent announcement supporting MPTCP in iOS 11 has created quite a stir with developers. Networking engineer Stuart Cheshire made the introduction at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference by stating “The iPhones that we all have are inherently multipath devices. They have multiple radios in them. For the most part, today we only use one radio at a time. It’s time we start having multipath protocols for multipath devices.” We at Carnegie Technologies have been saying that statement for quite a few years. It’s not news that all smart phones and many other devices today can support multiple networks out of the box, so it only makes sense that leaving one of those connections idle is wasting time and money, especially if it can be accomplished by just adding some enabling software.
Continental AG, the German automotive manufacturing company, held their annual four-day media event last week where hundreds of reporters from all over the world converged in Hanover, Germany as Continental showcased their awesome new technology offerings for the coming year and beyond. One of the highlights of the event was the announcement that they are integrating Carnegie Technologies’ Network Convergence Platform into Continental’s Smart Telematics portfolio for vehicle manufacturers. The solution runs on Continental’s next generation telematics control unit (TCU) with a supporting cloud-based component for analytics and diagnostics.
We’ve presented at the two most recent Wi-Fi NOW conferences (in Washington DC a few weeks ago and just last week in Cape Town, South Africa). Our sessions titled “A New Platform for Wi-Fi and Cellular” were well attended, and we weren’t surprised given the overall interest in bandwidth aggregation, network convergence and wireless access management that were pervasive throughout the conference. The audiences at both events were quite diverse, coming from very different parts of the world with different customer bases and infrastructure realities, but one thing remained the same: users want and need to be connected, and making sure the capacity and quality of the networks can handle that flow will be key to keeping them happy.
We once again had the opportunity to attend Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. This is one of the highlights of the year for the mobile industry, as it brings together the most respected thought leaders, innovators, manufacturers and developers in the industry. It’s always a dynamic and exciting event, and this year proved to be no different. Here’s an overview of what we saw and some of our observations and thoughts:
By Paul Struhsaker
CTO of Carnegie Labs & Contributing Analyst, Tirias Research
There has been a great deal of press covering Google’s LOON and Facebook’s AQUILA high-altitude communications demonstration projects to provide broadband access to rural and underserved customers, however, that is not the entire story. If and when the LOON and AQUILA systems reach commercial operations, they will be competing with next generation satellite systems from ViaSat, Iridium, and OneWeb which are fully funded and moving to launch and deployment.
A couple of weeks ago we announced a complete rebranding of Carnegie Technologies, bringing CablEnable, SpectrumMAX and Pravala Networks under one consistent umbrella brand and integrating these three powerful technologies into our new Network Convergence Platform. Today we announced our new management team, some relatively new to us and some have been working with Carnegie for years under our other brands.
It’s been an exciting year at Carnegie Technologies, and it’s culminating in a complete rebranding of the Company and its wholly owned subsidiaries. We are now moving forward in the marketplace under one cohesive, fully integrated brand with technologies and services that are already having a tremendous impact on the wireless communications industry.