Broadband and the Internet: Trends and Consequences

The South Yorkshire Branch would like to thank The Training Foundry for generously sponsoring this event.

Thursday 15 March 2012, 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Dr Colin Smythe, Dunelm Services Limited


Over the past decade acceptance and usage of the Internet has changed all aspects of business and society. The start of the Millennium heralded the dot com collapse and the corresponding surplus of broadband infrastructure. The following years witnessed a plethora of new Internet and Web based companies and services. That surplus broadband provision has now been consumed and the next generation of broadband infrastructure is now being deployed. This is accompanied by increasing use of mobile access devices. This presentation will look at the broadband infrastructures that will be required to sustain these new demands. The classic bandwidth/service delay trade-off will be explained in the context of the range of these new service required to the home and at work. This will further increase the tension surrounding 'net neutrality' and the ways in which we will pay for our broadband access and Internet services.


Colin has a degree in Applied Physics and was awarded a PhD for his work on spread spectrum local area networks; both degrees were from the University of Durham (UK). During the past 30 years he has worked in both the academic and the industrial world. He was a lecturer at the Universities of Durham and Surrey, worked for several years at Logica Ltd., was the founder and managing director of the systems consultancy Hyperion Systems Ltd., has acted as independent consultant to many private and public organisations, and has also given numerous industrially oriented training courses on communications and software engineering. From 1992-1999 he was a member of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Sheffield where he was Head of Department and Professor of Computer Science. During the time at the University of Sheffield his research activity was focussed on the modelling and performance analysis of data networks, particularly those based on cable network architectures. Colin is a Director and Principal Consultant at Dunelm Services Limited ( Since 1989 he has provided applied research and development consultancy on e-learning, data networking and model driven approaches for software development.


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