(Running notes from the 6th Communication Days conference in Bienne, Switzerland)
The afternoon sessions start with David Pogue, NY Times' tech columnist and "tech comedian", singing several funny songs on tech topics -- watch some in this TED video (not sure that all of his jokes are understood by this mostly German and French-speaking audience, but he is funny).
Martin Cave, professor at the Warwick Business School in the UK, gives a speech about the changing value chain of telecommunication, about market competition, about net neutrality ("a bit is a bit is a bit", "we should avoid the risk of vertical translation of market power, from the transmission of content to other activities"), and next generation networks. Here is one of his slides (notice the sentence at the bottom, from a Cisco report):
Here the big changes to come according to Cave (what he calls "the rise of consumer2.0"):
- No interest in linear content
- Focus on self-made content, transmitted peer-to-peer, and social networks
- Mash-ups, widgets galore
- Huge challenge to digital rights management
- The end of asymmetry
- Bigger pipes for high-definition and gaming
- Achieving mobility with high bandwidth
The money collection points ("bottlenecks") are changing. He sees good prospects for: Internet advertising; indispensable content; and technical bottlenecks.