Blog posts tagged with 'Europe'
Friday, October 08
Speaking of wireless, a new report from analytics firm comScore looks at mobile usage in Japan, Europe, and the United States. Among the report’s findings: Japanese users lead the way in usage of applications and mobile browsers, Europe leads in text messaging, and the U.S. — home of Facebook and Twitter — is tops in social networking and blogging.
A full breakdown of the report findings is available at comScore.
Monday, June 07
With the World Cup starting this week, Broadband Breakfast looks at the possible effect one of the world’s biggest sporting events could have on Internet Service Providers, specifically in Europe:
Subscribers can now view programming content over the internet and mobile networks in much higher definition than before, and that could generate enough traffic to bring down a network if fans in populous nations such as the United Kingdom and Germany watch matches in large numbers that way. A single user could easily consume 400 megabytes of data viewing a match via mobile phone, which leaves wireless operators unsure of how much additional traffic they will actually get thanks to the World Cup.
There is the potential for significant revenue from data downloads, but there’s also the danger that heavily trafficked networks could collapse or deliver poor performance with the risk of triggering consumer defections.
Wednesday, April 21
Penning a joint op-ed for the New York Times, six professors and researchers from such institutions as Georgetown, Stanford, and University of California, Berkeley, urge the FCC and Congress to take a page from Europe when it comes to net neutrality and new regulations on the Internet:
As American policymakers decide what should be done about net neutrality, they would do well to consider the precedents set by Europe’s new framework. The goal should be to develop — through a deliberative process involving regulators, the public and affected companies — industry-wide disclosure requirements that provide consumers with easy-to-interpret information on company-based limitations on access, use of services or applications.
When it comes to the Internet and net neutrality, ensuring transparency promises to enhance the evolution of this dynamic market. Imposing heavy-handed rules about how providers can operate will only hinder it.
Monday, April 19
GigaOm reports that SeaNeWe-4, one of the undersea cables that connects Europe and the Middle East, has been cut. This, of course, is leading to major problems for Internet traffic in the regions.
Interesting sidenote: There are just three cables that connect that part of the world, and each runs pretty much along the same route beneath the Mediterranean Sea. The more you know…
Friday, January 08
According to the website WeFi, 40% of Wi-Fi hotspots in America are unlocked, allowing anyone nearby to hop online. In Europe, meanwhile, just 25% are open.
Wednesday, August 05
A new study from the European Commission finds that while half of Europeans connect to the Internet every day, a full third haven’t been online at all.
Tuesday, May 12
Via alexkinch.com comes word of new report supplied by the firm Pyramid Research that estimates that mobile in Europe is set to explode in popularity. How big will the explosion be? From the report:
Thanks to the right conditions existing in Europe — including the wide availability and high quality of mobile broadband, attractive pricing, and user-friendly devices — the number of European mobile broadband users will reach 116.6 million in 2014, up from 24.3 million in 2008.