Malcolm Matson is leading a project that could result in the first local telecom incumbent in the world to abandon the vertically integrated 'service provider' business model.
Malcolm provides an update on this politically sensitive 'world first' and outlines the underlying principles and goals of the project.
Malcolm Matson is a successful entrepreneur and has been a pioneer of the broadband era since the early 1980s. He was the first person to understand and articulate the disruptive consequences of abundant bandwidth, and how infrastructure and contents would eventually become totally independent of each other.
He progressively developed the concept of the OPLAN (open public local access network) owned and operated independently of any service or content running over it.
In the late 1980s he founded COLT Telecoms - Europe's first all-fibre public network. Since then he has advised governments and cities around the world on open access broadband strategy and has written and spoken widely on the subject - doing so now in the name of the non-profit OPLAN Foundation (www.oplan.org) which he founded.
He is currently involved in a number of ground breaking ventures focused on re-structuring telecoms companies around an open access business model. Married with three adult children Matson lives in London.
"Vested interests were handed power in 1984 by the state to tame disruptive technologies," says Malcom Matson, founder of The OPLAN Founation. He makes his point by telling the history of the canal and train industries, had they been regulated like the telcos.