Broadband apps 'unfinished business'

TUANZ is planning "some kind of follow-up" to its broadband applications conference in Nelson last year and the publication of a book on conference deliberations. But it hasn't decided exactly what form this will take.

TUANZ is planning “some kind of follow-up” to its broadband applications conference in Nelson last year and the publication of a book on conference deliberations.

But it hasn’t decided exactly what form this will take.

“We certainly see it as unfinished business,” says TUANZ chief executive Ernie Newman.

“We have a task to do in devolving the information and the interest [generated at the Nelson event] to a wider constituency.”

More definite ideas for strategies to do this will emerge “within the next few weeks”, he says, and practical moves in the next phase will begin “in the second or third quarter of this year”.

Answering the point that some of the ideas at the conference seemed familiar in theory or even in execution, Newman says all such innovations are “in a constant state of evolution”, more elaborate applications like the multimedia history presentation foretold in the book building on familiar, but simpler concepts, like museum guides (see Willing users, telcos needed: broadband book).

Some ideas may come to fruition in a short time after they are first conceived, while others have a much longer gestation, he says.

“And everyone has a different degree of experience. What is familiar to one person might seem very advanced to another. If we can move everyone ahead along that line a bit, we will have achieved something.”

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