Simon Woodside wrote: > WorldSpace is a broadcast system. With a WorldSpace system you are only > capable of receiving data, not sending it.
I wish to disagree in that we are currently using WorldSpace very effectively as a global multicast solution to refresh all of the Axxess servers that Advanced Interactive currently has installed across Africa. With a dialup line as a "back channel" the server maintains contact with the global Network Operations Center that remotely manages this entire network. In addition to providing high speed local access to Internet content that is refreshed nightly, the WorldSpace downlink also enables distributed Distance Learning content to be reliably delivered to every server through very low cost multicast. Through partnerships with a number of North American universities projects are being finalized to deliver curriculum to these distributed servers that sit on the campus of Universities in China, India, and Africa. This Intellectual Property is encrypted and totally secure, yet remotely accessible by the content developer. While WorldSpace in its native state has been a one way channel, this innovation leverages their low cost delivery medium in exciting new ways that extends the reach of distributed and e-learning to edges of habitation, regardless of existing infrastructure. And, as a number of other satellite providers also provide affordable multicast services, let us not discount this technology where a differentiated "last mile" solution can manage its shortcomings and turn 1-way downlink with a server managed dialup back channel into a viable way of a sustainable affordable connected community. Having been in India for the past 2 weeks, I have been able to validate that this model can be effectively deployed here, as well. This very low cost turnkey solution utilizes locally sourced, off the shelf technology that is integrated with the connectivity, content, and remote management of the user experience. Several major universities and colleges in North America have licensed their degree and diploma programs to be globally delivered through this innovative Distributed Distance Education model. This solution will be demonstrated at the World Summit on Information Societies in Geneva Switzerland during the week of Dec 8th. For any participants of this forum who may be attending, please plan to visit the HP booth which will be powered with this solution, including satellite partners such as WorldSpace and others. Regards, Robert Miller Direct: (416) 423-9100 Mobile: (416) 464-7525 Fax: (416) 696-9734 History teaches us that people and nations behave wisely, once they have exhausted all other alternatives.... Abba Eban ------------ This DOT-COM Discussion is funded by the dot-ORG USAID Cooperative Agreement, and hosted by GKD. http://www.dot-com-alliance.org provides more information. To post a message, send it to: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> To subscribe or unsubscribe, send a message to: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>. In the 1st line of the message type: subscribe gkd OR type: unsubscribe gkd For the GKD database, with past messages: http://www.GKDknowledge.org