This is my dumping ground for quotes and other stuff relating to the wonderful world of digital & communications.
global high broadband adoption (speeds above 10 Mbps) passed 20 percent for the first time ever this quarter
From nearly 16,707 on-the-ground tests conducted across both cities - 11,413 in London and 5,294 in New York - the RootMetrics report shows download and upload mobile broadband speeds are “significantly faster” in New York…. The average download speed in New York was 8.5mbps (megabits per second) as opposed to a paltry 2.265mbps in London. The average upload (sending) speed in New York was 4mbps but only 1mbps in London
Academic researchers have improved wireless bandwidth by an order of magnitude—not by adding base stations, tapping more spectrum, or cranking up transmitter wattage, but by using algebra to eliminate the network-clogging task of resending dropped packets of data….
The underlying problem is huge and growing: on a typical day in Boston, for example, 3 percent of packets are dropped due to interference or congestion. Dropped packets cause delays in themselves, and then generate new back-and-forth network traffic to replace those packets, compounding the original problem.
The practical benefits of the technology, known as coded TCP, were seen on a recent test run on a New York-to-Boston Acela train, notorious for poor connectivity. By increasing their available bandwidth—the amount of data that can be relayed in a given period of time—Medard and students were able to watch blip-free YouTube videos while some other passengers struggled to get online.
Page 13: As of December 2011, the estimated number of wireless broadband connections in the OECD (667 million) was more than double that of fixed broadband subscriptions (315 million)
Page 14: Approximately 70% of OECD households have access to broadband Internet, at increasingly higher speeds and lower costs
Page 102: Internet access in households exceeds 30% worldwide, but there are clear divides by regions. The penetration rate is highest in developed countries (over 70%), but remains low but growing in developing countries (around 20%) (ITU, 2011a)
Page 103: Broadband is available in at least 60% of households in four fifths of OECD countries
At the historical park of Kfar Kedem in northern Israel, with guides decked out in biblical robes and headdresses, tourists can get away from the hustle-and-bustle of Tel Aviv and experience the holy land of the Old Testament by riding donkeys through the world famous hills of Galilee. However, should this ride through history prove boring, the park now provides social media and email— via a very anachronistic device around the donkey’s neck. The device, which looks as if it is a feedbag, is actually a Wi-Fi router
There is a virtual rush hour after the real one, and it slows down people who want to get things done there, too.
New research has found that broadband download speeds in the UK drop by an average of 35% during the evening as millions of technology users go online and find themselves competing for the same bandwidth
as of the end of September, AOL still had 3.5 million subscribers to its dialup Internet access service — a lot more than the number of people who pay for, say, Spotify. And the decline from last year — about 630,000 subs — was AOL’s smallest Q3 shrinkage yet
The average (UK) home broadband user downloads 17 gigabytes (GB) of data each month, equivalent to streaming 12 hours of high-definition content from the BBC’s iPlayer, as data use has increased sevenfold over the past five years
Eight of the 10 cities with the fastest Internet connections are in Japan. The other two, at numbers four and eight, are in South Korea. Meanwhile, the three countries with the highest download speeds are South Korea, Hong Kong and Japan. The rest of the top 10 are European countries….
… The Philippines is nowhere in the list of highest connection speeds. A lot of places—malls and coffee shops, specifically—are offering free WiFi, but these services only suited for moderate and leisurely use. At home, broadband connections average at 1Mbps and at most offices, download speeds aren’t any better.
The Philippines, even with medieval Internet connections, is extremely tech-savvy. We are the social networking capital of the world and are among the most prolific users of social media. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of Filipinos have Internet-based jobs, either employed at BPOs, in the different IT and creative/marketing/design fields, in online retail or independently using the Web as their virtual office. Imagine how far we can go and what else we can do with faster Internet.
One study suggests that in China, for instance, every 10% increase in broadband penetration could contribute an extra 2.5% to GDP growth. Other data cited in the report suggest that, for low- and middle-income countries, a 10-percentage-point rise in broadband penetration could add up to a 1.4-percentage point rise in economic growth.
Concerning jobs, an analysis for the European Commission estimates that broadband could create more than two million jobs in Europe by 2015, while a study in Brazil reports that access to broadband has already added up to 1.4% to the employment growth rate
The price of the average broadband Internet connection around the world has been reduced by more than half in the last two years, according to (ITU)… BUT in 32 countries designated by the UN as Least Developed, the monthly price of an entry-level fixed broadband subscription corresponds to more than half of the average monthly income. In 19 of those countries, a broadband connection costs more than 100% of monthly GNI per capita.