The U.S. Federal Communications Commission proposed changing how it measures high-speed Internet to potentially require download speeds of 10 megabits per second Mbps or higher for a service to qualify as broadband.
The FCC currently defines broadband as 4 Mbps download speed and 1 Mbps upload speed.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is coming. But are businesses ready for a completely connected future? In a recent study, high-tech sector business execs were the most prepared to optimize the IoT, with 34% of survey respondents.
And, nearly one-quarter of professionals in that group were planning to prep for this new world.
International Internet capacity in Latin America has increased four-fold in the past five years, to reach 14.6 Tbps in 2014. According to TeleGeography, 86 percent (12.6 Tbps) of Latin America’s bandwidth is now connected to the U.S. and Canada, making it the world’s highest-capacity inter-regional route.
Growing 43%, Internet bandwidth capacity between Latin America and North America has surpassed the Europe route.
Brazil ranks in the top 10 broadband internet access countries worldwide, with 22 million broadband users out of a population of ~200 million. Fixed broadband equipment revenue in Brazil dipped 11% year-over-year in 2013, to $175 million. Broadband users are primarily located in the urban areas of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil’s 2 largest cities, where penetration rates are near 35%.
According to global market study findings, 77% of surveyed subway systems provide their customer with some level of wireless internet access, either in stations (73%) or on board trains (58%).
Over the next three years, 68% of subway systems plan on extending broadband connectivity.
4G LTE mobile connections will grow from 544 million in 2014 and over 3.9 billion by 2020, accounting for 42% of global cellular service revenue. With China adding its considerable weight to the 4G LTE market in 2014, LTE success will move significantly beyond the early base of South Korea, Japan and the USA.
While the broad concept of the Internet of Things may be difficult for people to grasp, one basic concept is already familiar within the mainstream population — that being the practical benefits of GPS and location-aware technologies.
Indoor beacon applications will help to revive the GPS market, now forecast to reach over $3.5 billion in 2019.
As new technologies continue to evolve, open network virtualization strategies are reshaping the telecom carrier ecosystem. The ongoing shift to cloud services and mobile internet technologies is driving service providers and their suppliers to improve their efficiency and agility.
According to IDC, network virtualization is set to revolutionize the telecom sector.
While the figures for 4G mobile uptake in the UK seem relatively healthy, consumer sentiment looks to be lagging. Only 22% of 3G-only device owners surveyed were excited by the prospect of 4G service.
A further 42% couldn’t see the benefit of 4G, while 56% thought it would be too expensive.
Demand for access to the mobile internet creates opportunities for new wireless technologies. Femtocells are small cellular base stations used to provide wireless connectivity for mobile devices such as smartphones and media tablets.
Femtocell device market was valued at $220 million in 2012 and is expected to grow at CAGR of 42.9% during 2013-2020.