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Comment Re:You could start by... (Score 1) 341

Why do they need an IP address for IoT? A better solution is to have a controller device that is hopefully not chinese garbage which communicates to the cheaper devices using Zigbee or another lower layer network protocol. That reduces the cost of end devices and the implications of their cheap security.

Comment Re:How's this gonna work? (Score 4, Informative) 39

A few things will offset this. One is the trend towards a larger number of smaller base stations, whether these are just compact towers or microcells. Rather than a huge tower fed by a bundle of copper and dedicated fiber pairs, there can be smaller pole mounted cells fed by GPON.
Another thing is the fact that these wavelengths will reflect and bounce around and the new technology will use that with beam forming and MIMO. All of the 5g experimental antennas I've seen are actually arrays of a large number of small antennas that are modulated independently.

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.

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