Thursday, 18 August 2011

Could Google be Supporters of Steve Perlman’s DIDO Technology? Signs Point That Way

OnLive Founder and CEO Steve Perlman was at it once again yesterday, discussing the future of something a lot of people have a hard time getting a handle on. The news of DIDO (Distributed Input Distributed Output) technology took the world by storm only a few months ago, after Perlman gave a presentation to students at the Columbia Engineering School.

Since then, there have been many skeptics, some saying that Perlman is making this stuff up. Others believe that it is the future of what ISPs, cellphone carriers, and media broadcasters will rely on.

DIDO has the ability to basically provide fast broadband access to any devices no matter where they are. There are no issues with interference, or too many people using the same connection.

In an IGN Tech Fetish Podcast, Perlman revealed a few more details about the future of DIDO, and what its impact will be on OnLive.

We have never had a good estimate as to when we could expect to see DIDO actually in use. However, the podcasters asked Perlman how far off DIDO was. Perlman responded with the following:

“If I had no other issues in front of me, I didn’t have to deal with any [giant] plans that all these guys are bringing in front of us, that want to do all these big things, and all we want to do is deploy this [darn] thing and get it out there. [If] we were able to go in a country where we have a pretty straight through process in getting spectrum, or maybe the FCC gets very excited about this and let’s us use white spaces, we could have this available at the end of next year (2012).”

So while it is not certain to happen, it is feasible that we may begin to see DIDO technology in use in a little over 1 year. Probably to most readers, this doesn’t seem like a big deal. This is mostly because they haven’t read the detailed explanation of DIDO. However, to see DIDO technology in use as quickly as Perlman said it could happen, would be astonishing.


One of the most important things when a startup company wishes to make headway in a technology world that can be quite a killer to startups, is having large companies back you. In DIDO’s case, however, it isn’t about money. They have more than enough investors looking to throw their money into the technology. With DIDO, it’s more about allowing the technology to become more widespread and available to the masses.

One thing that Perlman stated, which we find very intriguing is about the support they have. He stated, “There are some very large entities, who would really love to have an offering in broadband. They would like to have it be ubiquitous and we’ve worked with them. They seem to have pretty good intentions in the way they want to structure it. They are gaga over DIDO.”

Can you say “WOW”? If OnLive can find an entity or entities that could support moving DIDO into the real world, at a grand scale, they would quite simply change the way we access the internet, and communicate, within only a few years.

Perlman went on to explain, “I’m optimistic that they are going to go and take this and run with it. They have the resources to actually go and deploy this thing, not only nation-wide but world-wide, and I just think ‘boy we could do it.’”

This leads us to the question, “Who could this entity or entities that Perlman is referring to be?” The IGN guys were wondering the same thing. They asked Perlman if Google was the company he was referring to.

Perlman quickly deflected the question and responded by saying, “They (Google) have a lot of the right ideas and a lot of the right goals, according to what they’ve stated…… but you know, it’s interesting. You talk to other carriers that are providing cellular service today. You tend to think of them as big faceless corporations; they are not all like that. Every single one of them (cellular service companies) have this or that going on, and they’re walking this delicate dance between regulators and shareholders and providing service. Any one of those companies can come up with a structure (for DIDO), which is set up in a way that can be competitive. It can make their stock prices sail through the sky, make their shareholders happy, make the FCC happy and also do what we want them to do.”

Not exactly an answer to the question, but we’re sure there are all kinds of NDA’s in effect with the entity or entities that DIDO is involved with. Perlman can’t say if it is Google or not. However he did seem to deflect the question and then discuss potential suitors like cellular providers. Was he doing this simply to deflect away from the fact that the IGN guys caught him off guard in asking about Google, or did he do it because he wanted to hint at the fact that it is the cellular providers that DIDO technology could be working with?

Your guess is as good as ours, and our goal isn’t to start unwarranted rumors. However, an interesting clue lays in the fact that Perlman said that this entity or entities would “love to have an offering in broadband”. All the potential suitors that are cellular providers, such as AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Wireless, etc all have offerings in broadband already on a national scale. If they already have broadband offerings, mainly through 3G, 4G, LTE, etc, then why would Perlman refer to them as a company that would “love to have an offering in broadband”?

This brings us back to Google. Google has been known to be interested in offering broadband service for a very long time. They have more than enough infrastructure and influence to really pursue it. However, if they were to pursue high-speed Broadband on a national level, they would want it to be something totally innovative, and company defining. Google has been working on ultra-high speed broadband access in small towns, that offer speeds up to 100 times faster than traditional broadband. For now though, it's only on a very small scale. They could easily be said to be looking to have a “significant offering in broadband”. What better way to do it than with DIDO?

We could contact OnLive, Rearden, Google, or even Steve Perlman himself, to ask them about this coincidence. However, there is no chance we will be provided with answers. Until DIDO has an official public partner in their goal to make broadband a common utility rather than a privilege, we will have to hold our breath and hope that it’s a company with the power, infrastructure and influence like Google, whom looks to make DIDO a reality.

SOURCE: OnLiveFans.

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