Saturday, 23 March 2013

The bizarre economics of Hinkley C


This week, UK government approved the development of the twin 'Hinkley C' nuclear power stations by the French company EDF. It’s interesting to compare the economics of Hinkley C with an something radically different but equally effective.

Monday, 11 March 2013

Mobile networks splendidly off-the-rails

Olaf Swantee, CEO of mobile operator EE, posted last week about the parallels between digital connectivity and the planned new UK high speed rail link. As well as the parallels, there’s an important difference, which explains why the UK government is investing in railways but not in mobile networks, and why Olaf has done well in choosing which business to work in.

There are only two sorts of railway engines: the charming ones, which look like this,

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Superfast broadband its own killer application?

This morning, Ofcom published the European Broadband Scorecard, showing how much better the UK was doing than its major European neighbours, in its race to equip the people with superfast broadband.
This afternoon, the BBC published an article summarizing today’s review of UK health performance in The Lancet
I brought together some statistics from the two sources into a little chart.

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Vodafone's spectacular test of the Femtocell market

There's been a lot of hype about femtocells, and most of the UK mobile network operators have made at least a half-hearted effort to offer them. However, there's been little hard evidence of strong demand for femtocells in the UK. It seems that most of my friends don't even know that they exist. Many of the people who've tried them have had (if the bulletin boards are to be believed) unsatisfactory experiences. One could be excused for doubting the strength of public desire for the things.