Beijing Correspondent: China's journey into the broadband elite

By Beijing Correspondent Dr Lin Sun

In early 2011, China Telecom (CTC), the largest fixed-line operator, launched “Broadband Country-Op-Net Cities.” The goal was a ten-fold increase in download speed to 20Mbps in most urban households and 100Mbps for most businesses by 2015.

The plan is quite bold given the reality that most access today is DSL at about 1-2Mbps and many old buildings are not pre-wired for FTTH...

By Dr Lin Sun, 07 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, China, Consumers, Fiber Optic.

Google Chrome vs Firefox - who will be the top web browser?

Mozilla Firefox has some work to do to reclaim its place as the second most popular web browser in the world, as Google Chrome has overtaken the browser.

Google's browser has seen a 5% during the last 2 years, now holding 25.69% of the market, whilst Firefox has 25.23%. Both browsers are trailing behind Internet Explorer, which still has over 40% of the...

By Dani Millward, 05 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Browsers, Consumers, Google, Industry, Research.

Do data caps punish the wrong users?

Datacaps-thumbIn late 2009, Herman Wagter and myself wrote an article entitled “Is the ‘bandwidth hog’ a myth?” postulating that the way most ISPs were looking at their users’ consumption patterns was misaligned with what really happens in access networks.

In particular, we suggested that the limitations imposed on heavy users (the so-called “bandwidth hogs”) by ISPs hoping to alleviate congestion were unlikely to work because the ISPs’ worldview confused data consumption and bandwidth usage, i.e. how much data was downloaded over a whole period with how...

By Benoît FELTEN, 01 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Government.

Rapid LTE adoption will only reach 6% globally

The adoption of LTE networks will be rapid over the five years, driven largely by enterprise subscribers, but will only 6% of global subscribers by 2016, according to new research from the analyst firm Juniper Research.

Subscriber numbers will reach 428m in the next five years, with rapid uptake beginning next year, it said. Many operators are already making preparations to hit their roll out targets.

Enterprise will be the first big adopter of the new, faster mobile network technology, the report found, with...

By , 25 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Europe, Infrastructure, LTE, Mobile, N America, Networks.

China Exceeds 100 Million 3G Mobile Subscriptions

Global mobile network service provider subscriptions will reach over six billion by the end of this year. The Asia-Pacific region will account for more than half of the worldwide total in 2011, according to the latest market study by ABI Research. Asia-Pacific added nearly one billion connections from two years ago. That growth is being fueled by rapid economic development in the region -- where increased rollout of mobile network infrastructure, citizen prosperity, and affordability of mobile handsets have increased adoption. That said, less than 18 percent of the three billion connections in...

By David H. Deans, 25 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: China, Consumers, Mobile, Networks.

A little "What is Old is New Again"

We think that today’s business model with services combined with cool handheld devices is new. Moreover, these services may be performed by people, systems, or manner unknown by the customer.  Email on your iPhone, Android, and Blackberry powered by the Cloud. A marketing phrase could be something like “You press the virtual keys and Google will do all the rest”.

However, this is really a case of what is Old is New again. George Eastman of Kodak fame coined the marketing slogan...

By Wesley Kaplow, 24 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Marketing.

Telefonica to test mobile wallet system in Europe

Blackberry maker RIM has announced that it will partner with Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica to trial NFC mobile wallet technology in Europe.

While the technology is already widely used in Asia, adoption of NFC payments has been sluggish in the West while the industry struggled to unravel the competing interests of the many different players involved in the market; though recently, some of the key players have begun to make strides into the space.

RIM’s announcement this week that it was partnering...

By , 24 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Consumers, Devices, Industry, Mobile, Operators.

Where now for Hewlett Packard?

Computing giant Hewlett Packard (HP) has reported a staggering dive in Q4 profits of 91% following a tough year that saw the manufacturer sack its CEO, then ditch its WebOS business in favour of a focus on software and cloud computing infrastructure.

So where does the world’s largest technology company see itself heading now after a most confusing twelve months?

In what was a pretty dismal, though in truth better than many predicted, financial quarter, HP’s profits nudged $200m, down from $2.5bn...

By Matt Henkes, 22 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, Infrastructure.

Skype Releases (Almost) The Same Version on Windows and Mac OS X

when pigs fly

Yesterday I sat in such utter shock that I had to look out my window to see if, in fact, we were witnessing porcine aviation. My brain was having a hard time processing something I had just read online. I literally was speechless, which, if you know anything about me, is a very hard state for me to attain. :-)

What created this cognitive dissonance?

You see...

Skype just announced the simultaneous release of new versions of Skype for BOTH Windows and Mac OS X.

Even more, the two versions almost have feature parity.

Yes, indeed, you can now get the Skype 5.7 beta for Windows and the

By Dan York, 21 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, N America, Networks, Operators, VoiP.