Traffic Evolution Characteristics of the Mobile Internet

Mobile Internet has recently started to become a reality for both users and operators thanks to the success of novel, extremely practical smartphones, portable computers with easy-to-use 3G USB modems and attractive business models. Based on the current trends in telecommunications, vendors prognosticate that mobile networks will suffer an immense traffic explosion in the packet switched domain up to year 2020.

One of the most important reasons of the traffic volume increase in mobile telecommunications is demographical....

By Alex Wanda, 08 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Broadband, M2M, Mobile, Smartphones.

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.

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.

Mobile Broadband Drives Service Provider Investment

Infonetics Research released excerpts from its latest global market study of the telecom service provider sector, which analyzes capital expenditures (capex), operational expenses (opex), revenue per user, and subscriber trends by network operator, operator type, region, and telecom equipment segment. Overall, the 6 percent increase in global telecom carrier capex in 2011 over 2010 is due in large part to the AT&T ramping 4G LTE wireless network deployments, HSPA+ upgrades, and investments in Wi-Fi hotspots for traffic offload. The AT&T increase somewhat offsets the Verizon Wireless slowing of mobile infrastructure...

By David H. Deans, 18 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Mobile.

Over 8m Britons have never been online

Around 8 million UK adults have never used the Internet. This equals to just over 16% of the entire UK adult population.

The number of adults that have never been online fell by 299,000 during the three months up to September. This figure has significantly increased since the previous quarter, which fell by only 12,000 people.

This is according to an Internet Access Quarterly Update survey released by the Office of National Statistics. It estimates the...

By Dani Millward, 17 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Cabling, Consumers, India, Research.

LTE trial kicks off in London

O2, a UK arm of European telecoms giant Telefonica, has begun the first trial of 4G LTE in the English capital, delivering mobile broadband speeds of up to 150mbps to a sample group of around 100 users.

Over 25 4G sites will go live across London this month, covering a combined area of 40 square kilometres, between now and summer 2012, covering key areas of the capital, including Canary Wharf, Soho, Westminster, South Bank and Kings Cross.

In reality, as experienced with 3G, actual download speeds...

By Matt Henkes, 15 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Europe, LTE, Mobile.

London 2012: Plans for Superfast Broadband Legacy

Preparations for the London 2012 Olympics includes plans for broadband infrastructure upgrades across the UK. Coverage of the sporting events will create a multitude of digital media content, but the ultimate legacy will be a platform for long-term socioeconomic development within the nation. Point Topic predicts there will be over 10.5 million superfast broadband lines in Britain within the next five years. With another 4.6 million cable broadband connections this means that almost 60 percent of broadband...

By David H. Deans, 11 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Europe, Networks.

UK broadband users download 17gb of data a month

UK households with home broadband connections download an average of 17 gigabytes of data a month. This is equivalent to watching 11 movies or 12 hours of pre-recorded television content.

Regulator Ofcom released the figures in its comprehensive ‘Infrastructure Report’, based on Britain’s telecommunications network.

It looked at 200 areas in the UK and how well they support various technologies, including fixed...

By Dani Millward, 02 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Broadband, Consumers, Infrastructure, Operators, Research.

Billions for new EU broadband funding plan

The EU will this week announce plans for an €9.2bn broadband rollout project across the continent as part of a huge infrastructure development project that is expected to create hundreds of thousands of new jobs over the next few years.

The scheme forms part of a €50bn infrastructure finance package for Europe, modernising digital, energy and transport networks across the continent.

It is hoped that the broadband package will stimulate further investment in projects like rural broadband, where...

By Matt Henkes, 17 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Cabling, Europe, Fiber Optic.

Mobile Broadband Connected Future: From Billions of People to Billions of Things

The purpose of this report is to discuss the opportunity for wirelessly connected devices. We explore two main themes: Why embed devices for mobile connectivity? And why choose to embed the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) family of wireless technologies?

The findings of this report impact mobile operators, mobile infrastructure providers, chipset manufacturers, device original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), solution providers, vertical enterprise industries, horizontal consumer and enterprise...

By Alex Wanda, 13 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

In-flight Wi-Fi Service Revenue to Surpass $1.5 Billion

During the past year there has been significant growth in both the usage rates of in-flight broadband internet access and number of planes deployed with the capability. As new providers enter the emerging global market, growth is sure to continue in the coming year. Additionally, what has to date been predominantly a U.S.-centric market began to see an expansion of borders -- with deployments in Europe growing over the past year and new activity in the Middle East. According to the latest market study by In-Stat, they now forecast that in-flight Wi-Fi revenues will surpass the $1.5 billion mark in 2015. ...

By David H. Deans, 12 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Industry.

Americans Viewed More Than 5.6 Billion Video Ads

ComScore released data showing that 180 million U.S. Internet users watched online video content in August for an average of 18 hours per viewer. The total U.S. Internet audience engaged in a record 6.9 billion viewing sessions. August marks the first month of rankings for comScore YouTube partner reports, for a comparison of viewership across thousands of channels. The data also revealed that video music channels VEVO (60.6 million viewers) and Warner Music (30.9 million viewers) assumed the top two positions. Gaming channel Machinima ranked third with 17.7 million viewers, followed by Maker...

By David H. Deans, 04 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Content, N America.

BT broadband suffers UK wide power failure

BT Broadband customers were left without internet access for over two hours yesterday after a "power failure" at a major exchange in Birmingham caused disruptions to its service.The failure was first reported at around 13:00 BST yesterday and by 15:00 many consumer customers reported being able to regain access to the service. BT has said that around 5 percent of its entire customer base was affected with business users in particular reporting considereable revenue losses. BT said the service has now been fully restored, advising...

By Verity Gough, 04 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Infrastructure.

The Onion That Makes Telcos Cry

Mainly due to the success of the Internet with its steady growth and ubiquitous reach, IP has for a long time shown its predominance as the preferred protocol and has more lately become the one protocol on which to base each application. However, network operators have been for many years compelled to deploy several other technologies to implement the services they wanted to sell. This led to the “networking onion” shown in the illustration here where various technologies are deployed in layers to...

By Alex Wanda, 04 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Cabling, Fiber Optic, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators.

EU Commissioner calls for more broadband investment

The European Commissioner, Neelie Kroes is pushing for a €9.2 billion fund aimed at supporting the creation of a super European broadband infrastructure.The funding will be available in the form of equity and guarantees to expand broadband coverage, and will cover the period from 2014 -2020. The so-called 'Connecting Europe Facility,' funded by the €9.2 billion, will boost broadband investment and pan-European digital public services, it is hoped.Speaking about the new plans, Ms Kroes said: "€6.4 billion of...

By Verity Gough, 03 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Cabling, Europe, Government.

Hosted PBX - Good Business Choice?

A hosted PBX solution may not be right for every business application. But if you do your due diligence you may find it's a good business choice for you.One key is that when you talk about hosted PBX (VoIP) .... it can mean different things to different people.The intent of hosted PBX / VOIP is to provide the service at a fixed monthly cost rather than taking in the capital cost of a purchased solution. It can also be used to invest in a more feature rich solution than would otherwise be affordable (renting a piece of a very expensive system...

By BroadbandNation, 03 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Industry, Networks, VoiP.

Broadband Customer Premises Equipment Shipments

Across the globe, the increasing demand for wireline broadband Internet access creates the need for additional network infrastructure, and the associated modem and/or router devices that are installed at the subscriber location. In 2Q11, 39.8 million broadband customer premise equipment (CPE) units shipped, a 5.6 percenet increase from the previous quarter and a 13.9 percent increase from the same quarter last year. Total revenues were $1.49 billion, a 3.1 percent decrease from the previous quarter -- and that's down 1.4 percent from last previous year, according to the latest market study by

By David H. Deans, 03 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Industry.

Is Content King or is it Platform?

The adage about content being king is absolutely true and the precipitous drop in the value of Netflix shares related to losing Starz programming reminds us that distribution can be considered a distant second to content. This is true because the world has flattened with the advent of broadband meaning any content provider can stream directly without the need for cable companies or telcos to take a cut.

Glenn Beck’s recent launch of

By Rich Tehrani, 03 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Browsers, Consumers, Content, IPTV, Smart TV.