4 thoughts on “Dutch Want Their Video Phones”

  1. I ‘m afraid we are responsible for some confusion.
    The video telephony study was or is not connected
    to the decision to deploy FttH.

    The R&D on video telephony was ordered by the innovative Cyburg project (www.cyburg.org), which
    ran in 2002 – 2004, focussing on new applications.
    This study is one of the last results of Cyburg.
    As the study was paid for by public means the City of Amsterdam gives back the results to the world, to be put to good use.

    The fiber project did not order the study, nor were we involved. As Cyburg is hardly active anymore we agreed to publish the report on our site.

    Symmetrical bandwidth delivered by FttH would be a boon – but there are more choices available to get the necessary bidirectional 5 Mb/s and a not too high latency. The question remains on the long term costs per network choice, the Amsterdam answer clearly is FttH.

    However, the video telephony study was not related to the start or the decision on deploying the Amsterdam FttH-network.

  2. Indeed, if there is the will and the bandwidth, nothing will stand in the way of the general use of video telephony. It seems the issue is much more in the former than the latter. The bandwidth and technology have been there for some time, especially, in markets like France outlined above.

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