Thinking Big

AT&T are apparently going to release a framework document explaining how they see the evolution of their network over coming years so that vendors can comply to the core architecture. This is a sensible and far sighted approach in an industry that has always tended towards the proprietary. Called CARTS (Common Architecture for Real-Time Services), it aims to describe the middleware that sits between the carrier's network (both fixed and mobile) and the applications used by the carrier's customers with the vision of making content available across platforms and devices. Pause your video on your telephone as you get off the train, unpause it on your plasma TV after you arrive home.

In the UK, BT could do well to emulate this approach as they roll out their rather less ambitious C21 network. Network carriers should support and encourage an ecosystem rather than aim to build and protect walled gardens as many incumbents have decided to do.


Anonymous said…
IP TV will make the current HD DVD format wars look obsolete
Iolo Jones said…
You're totally right, it looks like the HD DVD war is over before it started with Sony's BluRay winning; but, as you say, this is a tea party compared to what's coming in the increasingly fragmented TV over IP market