The way Telefonica has made this happen in a practical way is to build its own routers that can be installed in houses within a neighborhood. So far these have had to be installed by engineers, but the next generation are plug-and-play, and eventually all that will be needed is an over-the-air software update to customers’ existing routers. According to Rodriguez, the software “creates a mesh to aggregate the capabilities [of the routers].” Pooling all of the bandwidth from these routers allows anyone within the network to take advantage of it at home, and they can also connect to any BeWifi network they come across on their mobile devices when out and about.
via BeWifi lets you steal your neighbor’s bandwidth when they’re not using it | Ars Technica.
The title is a bit dramatic using the term “stealing” as if something as ephemeral as unused bandwidth, which disappears never to be used by anyone ever as time passes, is an asset that could be considered “stolen” if taken or used by someone else. The victim of this kind of “theft” does not wake in the morning and see something missing unless they’re subscribed to some kind of data cap. Most home installations do not have caps.
Telefonica is currently looking towards developing economies and its huge customer base of over 200 million households in 14 countries in South America as the places in which BeWifi could have a real impact.
In addition, he notes there are a number of analytics experiments underway at different operating units, including Vivo in Brazil, which is pushing ahead with projects around location analysis, Web navigation analysis based on deep packet inspection (DPI) data, and call center message analysis.
via . Telefonica Battles Big Data Hype
I found the mention of DPI in their big data strategy rather interesting as well as location analysis. The kind of location analysis a telecom operator can perform on vast populations is mind boggling.
The app has been launched for iOS in 95 countries and will be ready for Android early next year. It is free for anyone to download, no matter which mobile network they are on. It enables users to make free high-definition voice calls and send instant messages to other Libon users over mobile or Wi-Fi connections, as well as set up three personalized visual voicemails that can be set to respond to certain individuals or contact groups. In addition, voicemails can be updated with the user’s most recent Twitter of Facebook status messages (converted into a voicemail using a text-to-speech tool — that could be interesting…).
via Orange Finds Its Web Services Voice – 4G/LTE – Telecom News Analysis – Light Reading Mobile.