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Comment Re:Interesting ratio (Score 1) 57

Here's a bigger reason.
How do you play bit torrent content in a browser or app?
How do you control access to the content based on accounts?
How do you prevent Joe Blow Wireshark Pro from noticing that Senator Blowhard McJesus has been binge watching R rated slasher flicks?
I'm sure they can all be overcome with some coding and customization, but they've already done that work for their existing solution.

Comment Re:Interesting ratio (Score 1) 57

I think you're missing the point of these appliances. Netflix has plenty of capacity to host all its content in central locations.
These appliances are installed at the ISP offices so that the content is as close to the subscriber as possible. That way the quality of the video is not dependent on the quality of the long-haul network from the ISP back to Chicago, Dallas, Ashburn, London, Frankfurt or wherever.
It also reduces the IP transit costs of the ISP, which they are typically paying for based on utilization if they are not a Tier 1 like AT&T. It also reduces their transport costs. If the ISP has to upgrade from two 10gbe pipes to four, that's probably going to hit their bottom line for $10k to $20k a month. If installing some caching appliances helps them delay that upgrade by a year, that's a massive benefit.

Comment Re:On the Faroe islands? (Score 1) 57

The ones complaining loudly mostly objected to competition with their own video product. ISPs that aren't also cable companies or have some other ulterior motive love these caching devices because they dramatically reduce their transport/transit costs and increase customer satisfaction.
The colocation objection was smoke and mirrors crap. These things take up less space than some T1 muxes.

Comment Re: Nokia doesn't(didn't) just make phones (Score 1) 88

How about routers, switches, 4G and now 5G wireless base stations, FTTH network and customer prem equipment, optical transport and switching equipment, DSL and POTS equipment, and software to manage all of the above. There is also revenue from professional services installing and maintaining all of the above. Nokia also earns quite a bit of royalties on patents they have accumulated over the years.

Comment Re:Saddest = Nokia (Score 2) 206

Don't confuse Nokia handsets with Nokia. Nokia itself is alive and well and had about $25 billion in revenue last year. The handset business was spun off to Microsoft because Microsoft was willing to write a big check. Making money on handsets is pretty hard if you don't have either a walled garden store (Apple) or make the actual components like processors, memory, screens (Samsung). Otherwise margins are very thin relative to Nokia's actual network products aimed at carriers.

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