The stories around our WiFi connection crisis continue to build.
Martin Bryant (@MartinSFP), managing editor of The Next Web tweeted this at 10:19 this morning: “Connectivity problems in the IBC Connected World hall. So much competition for bandwidth that even a Bluetooth keyboard doesn’t work.”
For those not in the know about Connected World, the IBC website will enlighten you:
“The lightspeed penetration of internet connected devices and the services that run on them have huge implications for traditional media. Smart phones, games consoles, netbooks, connected TVs and tablets are making content available on demand anywhere and with an unprecedented degree of personalisation.
“Anyone looking to make sense of these changes should head for the IBC Connected World, a special area of IBC which encapsulates the very latest developments in mobile TV, 3G and 4G services with the pioneering applications and technologies that are driving content over-the-top into the home and into our future.”
Martyn might have been unlucky but it seems more likely that the event connectivity planning did not really “encapsulate” the latest “anywhere” connectivity in mobile.
This news comes hot on the heels of Rory Cellan-Jones telling BBC Radio 4 PM listeners two days ago that the Nokia Lumia launch in New York City was marked by the failure of the network. Read more.
I have been to very few events/conferences in the past three years where there was adequate wireless provision. Even worse, the organisers did not seem that bothered.
But this lack of botherment about WiFi connectivity extends beyond the conference halls and we should be finally losing patience with this.
The Government has announced today that it is relaxing planning restrictions so that telecoms companies can site broadband street cabinets and other infrastructure without the need for prior approval from the local council.
Well, whoop-de-do. That does not help WiFi. We need super-fast wireless connectivity, anytime anywhere – NOW.
Without that, the progressive words of new Culture Secretary Maria Miller are just more hot air.
If she is truly committed to providing a UK-wide network that allows us to compete on a level playing field, Ms Miller must move incredibly quickly on super-fast wireless broadband provision.