Invitation: The untold history of the Internet by Martin Geddes

27 Nov 2012


What if our basic assumptions about networking are wrong? Could we unknowingly be living in a networking 'dark ages'? Are there hidden risks in deploying fibre and more capacity? Industry consultant Martin Geddes tells us the untold history of the Internet, and the unfortunate design errors now baked into every network router.

We know how the Internet works, but how does it fail? Is it really suitable as a ubiquitous data transport for society, and if not, what is? How is the money tied to the underlying mathematics of statistical multiplexing? How can we build economically sustainable network businesses? Is New Zealand building a fibre-optic white elephant out of strands of glass?

To learn the answers to these questions and more, join us at:

When: 5 pm on Tuesday, 11th December 2012

Where: InternetNZ (address and location)

There's pizza after Martin's talk.

If you're attending, please let us know by email to for catering purposes by mid-day on Monday, 10th December 2012 (otherwise no pizza for you!).



Martin Geddes is a consultant on future telecoms business models and technologies. He is formerly Strategy Director at BT's network division, and Chief Analyst and co-founder at Telco 2.0. Martin previously worked on a pioneering mobile web project at Sprint, where he was a named inventor on 9 patents, and at Oracle as a specialist in high-scalability database systems. He holds an MA in Mathematics & Computation from University of Oxford, and was previously named as one of the “people who are most likely to lead the industry over the next decade or two” by readers of Global Telecoms Business magazine.

He co-runs public workshops on Future of Voice and Future of Broadband, as well as providing speaking, consulting, training and innovation services to telcos, equipment vendors, cloud services providers and industry bodies.

He is currently writing a book on the future of the Internet and distributed computing, provisionally titled The Internet is Just a Prototype.