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4G and 3G mobile broadband research

April 7, 2015 Comments off

4G and 3G mobile broadband research
Source: Ofcom

Overall, 4G networks performed much better than 3G networks in five sample towns and cities tested – Edinburgh, Leeds, London, Newcastle and Poole/Bournemouth – where both 4G and 3G networks have been rolled out.

In these areas, 4G networks delivered an average download speed of 14.7Mbit/s (compared with 5.9Mbit/s on 3G) and took 0.72 seconds to load a web page (compared with 1.04 seconds on 3G).

The research, which collected 120,000 test samples on smartphones, also highlighted variations in performance between the UK’s network operators – EE, O2, Three and Vodafone – across four key measures:

  • Download speed – how quickly data can be transferred from the internet (relevant to downloading files). Download speed is most likely to affect the consumer experience when downloading very large files to a mobile device or when speed is too slow (under 2Mbit/s) to support high capacity video services.
  • Web browsing speed – the time it takes to load a standard web page (relevant to browsing the internet or interacting with apps).
  • Upload speed – the rate at which data can be transferred from the user’s device to the internet (relevant to uploading pictures, videos and other content to social media, for example).
  • Latency – the responsiveness of the network, measuring the delay of transferring data to and from the user’s device (lower latency is important for activities like gaming, video calls and web browsing).

CRS — The First Responder Network (FirstNet) and Next-Generation Communications for Public Safety: Issues for Congress (February 27, 2015)

March 18, 2015 Comments off

The First Responder Network (FirstNet) and Next-Generation Communications for Public Safety: Issues for Congress (PDF)
Source: Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists)

Congress included provisions in the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (P.L. 112-96) for planning, building, and managing a new, nationwide, broadband network for public safety communications, by creating the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). The act assigned 10 MHz of additional radio frequency spectrum to accommodate the new network and required that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) assign a license to FirstNet, comprising the newly assigned frequencies and 10 MHz previously assigned to states by the FCC for public safety use. In addition, the act has designated federal appropriations of over $7 billion for the network and other public safety needs. These funds are provided through new revenue from the auction of spectrum licenses to the commercial sector.

2013 Information and Communication Technology Survey

March 16, 2015 Comments off

2013 Information and Communication Technology Survey
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

The Information and Communication Technology Survey provides data on both noncapitalized and capitalized spending for information and communication technology equipment and computer software by U.S. nonfarm businesses with employees. It covers all domestic, private and nonfarm businesses, including agricultural nonfarm (NAICS subsectors 113, 114 and 115) businesses

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UK — Privacy and Security: A modern and transparent legal framework

March 16, 2015 Comments off

Privacy and Security: A modern and transparent legal framework (PDF)
Source: Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament (ISC)

This Report includes, for the first time in a single document, a comprehensive review of the full range of intrusive capabilities available to the UK intelligence Agencies. It contains an unprecedented amount of information about those capabilities, the legal framework governing their use, and the privacy protections and safeguards that apply. The Report also reveals the use of certain capabilities – such as Bulk Personal Datasets and Directions under the Telecommunications Act 1984 – for the first time. The Report represents a landmark in terms of the openness and transparency surrounding the Agencies’ work.

UK — Public sector telecommunications and digital infrastructure maps

February 9, 2015 Comments off

Public sector telecommunications and digital infrastructure maps
Source: Cabinet Office

This report provides interim maps and data for the UK public sector telecommunications and digital infrastructure.

Have We Got it All Wrong? Forecasting Mobile Data Use and Spectrum Exhaust

February 5, 2015 Comments off

Have We Got it All Wrong? Forecasting Mobile Data Use and Spectrum Exhaust
Source: Heritage Foundation

In this PERSPECTIVE, I have provided some fundamental economic analysis on the issue of spectrum exhaust. Despite claims to the contrary, my analysis demonstrates that the Commission’s focus on getting more spectrum for mobile broadband is justified, even accounting for some alleged disparities between the forecast and the actual levels of mobile data traffic. Over-estimates of mobile data demand, where they appear, can, in part, be explained by supply-side responses to spectrum shortages, including offloading and a reduction in the availability of unlimited data plans. Indeed, higher prices can always be used to ration scarce capacity, but higher prices are the problem and not the solution to spectrum shortages. Remedial measures like offloading and price hikes, while perhaps curbing mobile data traffic, are not an excuse to slow down spectrum repurposing, but rather a call for both Congress and the Commission to get busy on spectrum policy.

TMT Predictions 2015: The future in Technology, Media & Telecommunications

January 28, 2015 Comments off

TMT Predictions 2015: The future in Technology, Media & Telecommunications
Source: Deloitte

Technology – TMT Predictions 2015

  • The Internet of Things really is things, not people
  • Drones: high-profile and niche
  • 3D printing is a revolution: just not the revolution you think
  • Click and collect booms in Europe
  • Smartphone batteries: better but no breakthrough
  • Nanosats take off, but they don’t take over
  • The re-enterprization of IT

Media – TMT Predictions 2015

  • Short form video: a future, but not the future, of television
  • The ‘generation that won’t spend’ is spending a lot on media content
  • Print is alive and well–at least for books

Telecommunications – TMT Predictions 2015

  • One billion smartphone upgrades
  • The connectivity chasms deepen: the growing gap in broadband speeds
  • Contactless mobile payments (finally) gain momentum
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