TITLE

Is Metcalfe's Law Way Too Optimistic?

AUTHOR(S)
Weinman, Joe
PUB. DATE
August 2007
SOURCE
Business Communications Review;Aug2007, Vol. 37 Issue 8, p18
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article discusses the validity of Metcalfe's law, formulated by Ethernet co-inventor Robert Metcalfe, which states that the value of a telecommunications network is directly related to the square of its size. The article raises the question as to whether or not adding nodes, points at which information begin or end, limits a network's value. The article discusses details of this subject by exploring pertinent issues such as connectivity value, convergent value distributions, and strategies for maximizing value. INSETS: Reed's Law;Real World Behavior;The Gem In The Long Tail.
ACCESSION #
26221614

 

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