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Hyperconnectivity — 1998 and on…


You can read the original blog post Hyperconnectivity? Innovation at Nortel? Invent what’s already invented! about the origin of the word hyperconnectivity, which led to this post)

And also, one astute blog reader and researcher asked, and I responded. Yes, it is true: Nortel did provide copies of one of my books to shareholders in attendance at their annual meeting in Ottawa, May 2000, and asked my co-author and I to attend. They even had a little table for us. The book was Light Bulbs to Yottabits: How to Profit by Understanding the Internet of tbe Future. It’s out of print now, but had some fascinating stuff on connectivity and such. It makes for fascinating reading in retrospect. And yes, I also hosted a national radio show for Nortel during 2000 to 2001 ….. so it’s not like these guys don’t know me…..

To recap:

Globe and Mail, May 11/07 : “The company is making the pitch that it’s the only major communications equipment player that has the products and knowledge required in key areas such as broadband, wireless, and applications products in both corporate and carrier markets. That has left Nortel the clear front-runner, the company says, to take advantage of an emerging technological era that it is now describing as “hyperconnectivity.”

The phrase, which Mr. Roese (CTO for Nortel) says he coined, attempts to describe a state of perpetual Internet access where personal and corporate telecom machines and gadgets are in constant high-level contact.

In any event, here you go. There’s lots more out there.

New Media
The time is now-swim and swim fast:
16 February 1998

It’s poised to change the public network, and there’s no way to escape its path. As Internet telephony comes of age, a number of quality, pricing and regulation issues are surfacing

etc etc

But this is an age of hyperconnectivity, where any number of terminal devices can use a variety of wireline or wireless access forms to carry their voice, data or multimedia traffic to any terminal device on the globe. The Internet is the newest option available for backbone transport, and anyone in the business of carrying messages for hire must figure out how this potentially powerful means of transport affects their business.


Trends to track for the millennium
1 October 1999
Target Marketing


AS THE MILLENNIUM approaches, businesses should take note of various trends which will influence both business-to-business and business-to-consumer marketing. Some of these trends have been developing over the past few years, while others are just beginning to emerge.

etc etc

“Hyperconnectivity” will also promote greater mobility (i.e., wireless offices using microwave or infrared transmitters; satellite links connecting mobile sales, delivery and technical personnel to the home office). Through digitalization, wireless and fiber optics will replace copper wiring as the primary landbased telecommunications infrastructure. This, in turn, will fuel the broader application of multimedia technology in various marketing and business presentations.


E-Query With PWC – Navigating the future.
16 July 2001
The Edge


I have heard so much about the “mobile Internet”. What is it exactly? How will it impact my business as well as my personal life?

– Old Economy player


The mobile Internet or the wireless web is the use of wireless communications to access network-based information and applications from mobile devices.

etc etc

Joining the dots – Hyperconnectivity

The above features, although compelling on their own, must be successfully integrated with each other to create the killer application. “Hyperconnectivity” between these features will become crucial, as the killer application must be able to seamlessly link previously unrelated events and make this information relevant to the user.


13 August 2001
Infotech Weekly

In the aftermath of the tech market crash, an IT expert is warning that businesses now risk over-correcting. RICHARD PAMATATAU reports

Fred Balboni, the Asia-Pacific leader of information technology and systems for global consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers, says investors, companies and individuals behaved without thinking during that period.

etc etc

I call it hyperconnectivity as well, but there are privacy issues because if people are always online, then they can always be reached,” he says.

People will use the Internet more and more for mundane transactions, Mr Balboni says, from buying “loo paper” to updating their driver’s licence.

Loo paper? We seem to be knee deep with this!

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