So Next Berlin has begun and the first session here was Réne Obermann, VD för Deutsche Telekom telling us that prices go down and traffic goes down – but connectivity matters and that was where he saw the future of the Deutsche Telekom post-digital. However I was thinking and thinking that it’s quite ironic that there’s a speaker from Deutsche telekom on stage, talking about how much connectivity matters and in the meantime:
-In the audience no one (about from the ethernet tables in the back) could actually get on the wifi.
- You need a password to get on the wifi
- Roaming charges are still costing a fortune if you go outside of your own country. There’s none of the foreigners that are covering Next Berlin that are actually connected around the city.
I personally think there’s an irony in having the VD of Deutsche Telekom talking about connectedness and simplicity and security and transparence when it seems like that you can’t even go to another city 1 hour away from Copenhagen by plane ( because it’s in another country) without using your connectedness. I think it’s an important subject and I agree that it’s where telekom should make their money in their future. However I would love to see some action on userlevel behind those words.
It was in great contrast with the second keynote which was George Dyson about going from analogue to digital and now being on the way back to analogue values again, but with digital connectedness on top of that. And to make that happen we basically needs some telecom companies that are willing to taking down barriers – for their own sake, for the future and lastly for my sake, because I want to have the choice to be connected whereever I am =)