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Become your own mobile broadband operator


What if you had a gigabit Internet connection at home and you could connect a simple device to it and start to offer mobile broadband services without paying for the spectrum?

Four disruptive technologies and the support from a large disruptive player like Apple, Amazon or Google could make it possible in 2013. You could make money from instead of paying money for your fiber to the home connection.

Disruption 1: white spaces
FCC, the US telecom watchdog, is opening the US spectrum to unlicensed communications. The term is called white spaces. It basically means that unused spectrum can be used as long as you consult the FCC database and use an FCC approved device.

Disruption 2: Vanu
Vanu Bose is the son of the famous sound systems Bose. Vanu’s venture is about software-defined radio. It basically disconnects your mobile phone from the underlying radio technology.

Disruption 3: Openflow
I discussed Openflow before. It is one of the major standards for software defined networks.

Disruption 4: Cloud Computing
No further introduction necessary.

Bringing it all together
A white spaces compatible “mini base station” at your home that connects to the FCC database to get some local spectrum. Via the cloud and Openflow your nano operator network is linked to hundreds of other networks. A disruptive player offers Vanu enabled phones, e.g. iPhone 6 or Android Nexus Vanu as well as a monthly broadband subscription, e.g. €10 for 100gb. You download a database of “mini base stations”, their location and spectrum onto your phone. You are ready to go. Each time a phone connects to a “mini base station” a virtual network slice is setup (flowvisor / Openflow) and the owner receives money per Mb (nano payments). At the end of the month your Fiber to the Home subscription is paid for or you are even able to make money if you have enough traffic…

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  1. January 20, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Very interesting.

    In Denmark (where I m from) the goverentment have the total control over the market, and in 2012 they will put a cake of bandwith on a auction (900 mhz), where the ips can buy a chunck each.

    They did the same in 2010 (with 2,5 ghz area) and it rolled over 300 millions in, so I guess there will no white space here.

    • January 20, 2012 at 10:36 pm

      Most European countries will be late in liberating spectrum but sooner than later some disruptive player will find a way around a monopoly…

      Maarten

  1. January 12, 2012 at 4:04 pm

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