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 Monday, November 10, 2014
GrameenPhone, the Bangladeshi mobile market leader, last week announced reaching the milestone of 50 million network users, and declared that its number of internet users alone will match this figure within the next five years. GrameenPhone CEO Vivek Sood said that the company has maintained an annual average investment budget of USD154 million over the past few years to upgrade and expand its network, adding that the level of investment will be significantly increased. Internet speeds of its existing 3G data plans are being doubled at no added cost as part of a new promotion.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, November 10, 2014 3:41:40 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, June 12, 2014
Vodacom Tanzania is offering all users unlimited access to mobile internet on its new ‘Uhuru Wa Kweli’ data bundles, irrespective of what type of phone they use, available on all daily, weekly and monthly plans. The cellco’s managing director Rene Meza said the move is designed to help ensure Tanzanians have access to the internet at affordable rates and to narrow the digital divide in the country. Uhuru Wa Kweli allows Vodacom Tanzania users to purchase a daily data bundle for TZS1,000 (USD0.62), or TZS6,000 for a seven-day equivalent, while monthly data bundles will cost TZS20,000.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, June 12, 2014 7:41:13 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, May 01, 2014

New data from TeleGeography’s Global Bandwidth Research Service reveal that demand for international bandwidth grew 39 percent to 138 Tbps in 2013, a 4.5-fold increase from the 30 Tbps of bandwidth used globally in 2009.

Internet backbones remain the primary users of international bandwidth, accounting for 75 percent of demand in 2013. However, the drivers of international bandwidth demand are changing. As private network operators, including large content providers like Google, Microsoft, and Facebook, expand their internal networks, their bandwidth requirements increasingly exceed those of the largest carriers.

International Internet Backbone and Private Network Capacity Growth

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, May 01, 2014 2:01:45 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, March 27, 2014

Namibia officially launched the Windhoek Internet Exchange Point (WIXP) on 7 March 2014, reports InternetSociety.org. The domestic IXP eliminates dependence on international connectivity for local internet services and internet-based communications, and is expected to serve as a catalyst for innovation and development of internet services and applications in Namibia, by lowering the cost of developing local hosting and application development. Stanley Simataa, Namibia’s deputy minister of ICT, noted that: ‘The Namibian public will hopefully enjoy internet services that are more secure, affordable and faster.’ Dawit Bekele, director of the African Regional Bureau of the Internet Society, said: ‘IXPs bring additional benefits to the local internet environment as they are essential to facilitate a robust domestic ICT sector. They help make online services equally accessible to all local users.’

WIXP will be managed by the IXP Association of Namibia, a non-profit organisation established for the purpose, with five internet service providers (ISPs) connected to the IXP at launch. Remaining ISPs in the country are expected to connect in the coming weeks. WIXP was established with the support of the African Internet Exchange System (AXIS), a project of the African Union implemented by the Internet Society, in collaboration locally with the ICT Ministry of Namibia.

The Internet Society/AXIS project aims to have 80% of African users’ internet traffic exchanged within Africa by 2020.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, March 27, 2014 2:54:05 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, February 21, 2014

According to new data from TeleGeography’s Global Bandwidth Forecast Service, Africa is expected to lead the world in international bandwidth demand growth in the coming years. Africa’s international bandwidth demand is projected to grow at a compound annual rate of 51% between 2012 and 2019. At this rate, African demand would outpace that of both Latin America and the Middle East, which are each projected to rise 37% annually.

Countries in sub-Saharan Africa, especially, will contribute to the continent’s appetite for international bandwidth. Among those with the fastest growing demand are Angola, which is projected to grow 71% annually over the next seven years, Tanzania, which is projected to grow 68%, and Gabon, which is expected to rise 67%.

While Africa’s demand for international bandwidth is growing rapidly, it remains very small by comparison with other world regions. African demand is projected to reach 17.2Tbps in 2019, which equates to only one-fourth the projected demand of Latin America, and less than that of Canada alone.

Nevertheless, international capacity connected to Africa will increase tremendously via upgrades to existing submarine cable systems and new cable builds, and bandwidth prices on these routes will fall accordingly. ‘The price of a 10Gbps wavelength between Johannesburg and London in 2019 is projected to be less than a quarter of the 2012 price,’ said TeleGeography Research Director Alan Mauldin. ‘Moreover, as bandwidth buyers transition to larger circuits, they will be able to obtain greater volume discounts, compounding the effect of bandwidth price declines.’

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, February 21, 2014 3:42:53 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Palau-based wireless broadband provider Palau Telecoms has signed a letter of intent with equipment vendor Xtera Communications for the supply and installation of a submarine cable system to connect Palau to Guam. According to a report from Telecompaper, the system will provide high-capacity, fibre-optic connection to Guam, with onward connectivity to the US mainland, the Asia-Pacific region, Australia and New Zealand via interconnects with existing and planned submarine cable systems. The optical communication infrastructure will supplement the satellite links that currently serve Palau, allowing Palau Telecoms to increase the capacity, enhance the availability and reduce the latency of its services. The cable system is planned for completion in mid-2015.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 10:52:01 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, January 06, 2014
Fiji’s attorney general and minister for communications, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, has told delegates at the ITU Telecom World Conference in Bangkok that the interim government plans to roll out two new initiatives next year designed to provide mobile and internet access for all Fijians – including those living on remote islands. Khaiyum confirmed that the dual projects are designed to foster the rollout of telecoms infrastructure in remote areas currently unserved by any local operator, by subsidising the build costs at designated locations. In addition, the minister said that the government is looking to implement new laws to enable network sharing between service providers to augment this plan, noting that given the small economies of scale in countries such as Fiji, governments have to be more innovative in how they seek to attract private sector investment, while simultaneously having to bear a larger responsibility where it comes to investment in ICT systems.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, January 06, 2014 10:34:15 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, July 15, 2013

Around 45% of the Brazilian population has never had access to the World Wide Web, a survey published by local ICT study centre Cetic and reproduced by BNAmericas, has found. Cetic’s report claims that a massive 77% of Brazilians living in rural parts of the country have so far been denied internet access, although the figure is a much lower 39% in urban areas. The highest rate of internet penetration was found in the Southeast region, while by contrast the rate jumped to 56% in the Northern region. Additionally, the survey confirmed that whilst only 5% of those in Brazil’s highest social class ‘A’ (i.e. the richest in terms of income) had never had internet access, the figure leaps to 80% for those in the lowest, ‘DE’ class.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, July 15, 2013 8:03:37 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

After several missed opportunities, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has finally managed to connect the country’s telecoms infrastructure to the West Africa Cable System (WACS) submarine network, which links South Africa to the UK. According to Agence Ecofin the launch event took place on 14 June, with the submarine cable’s management committee informing telecoms minister Tryphon Kin-Kiey Mulumba that the cable was now ready for service.

TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that when the WACS cable was initially due to be landed and tested in May 2011, the DRC found itself completely unprepared, with the company hired to build the landing station yet to actually start construction. Despite a recommendation from French-US equipment manufacturer Alcatel-Lucent, which endorsed an Indian company called ‘Creative Electronics’ to build the station and deploy a fibre-optic cable route to the capital, the Societe Congolaise des Postes et Telecommunications (SCPT) intervened and overruled the government and instead gave the job to local company Smart Trading Ideas. Smart had neither experience nor knowledge of the technology they were hired to utilise, and in April 2011, when the boat deploying the WACS arrived, the cable could not be connected at Muanda as there was no infrastructure in place to do so. Further, in May 2012 it was revealed that the problems had been exacerbated by financial irregularities at the SCPT, which saw USD3 million worth of government funds effectively ‘vanish’; the director general was subsequently charged with high treason and jailed for his part in the scandal.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, July 15, 2013 7:59:23 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, June 03, 2013

In a step towards increasing availability of the internet to Cuban citizens, the government will begin offering access to the World Wide Web at 118 outlets around the island next month, reports the official Communist Party newspaper Granma. According to Resolution No. 197/2013 of the Ministry of Communications (MIC) published in the Official Gazette on Monday, internet access will be made available from 4 June at the offices of state-owned telecoms monopoly Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba (ETECSA), and will be expanded to other locations in the future. At CUC4.50 (USD4.50) per hour, however, browsing the web at the new outlets is priced well beyond the reach of the average Cuban.

At present, the internet is only available at select state institutions and to tourists at around 200 hotels around the island, but the recent activation of Cuba’s first submarine cable, which connects the island to Venezuela with a link to Jamaica, has lessened the country’s dependence on expensive and slow satellite connections. ‘Expanding connectivity services in the country is in line with the strategy set by Cuba to further facilitate the population’s access to new technologies, depending on the availability of resources and with an approach that favours its social use,’ the Granma report said, adding that significant investments are still required to upgrade the island’s infrastructure to connect end users.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, June 03, 2013 8:25:22 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, May 23, 2013

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera has introduced a program dubbed Agenda Digital Imagina Chile 2013-2020. The project seeks to double internet penetration across the Chile’s population by 2020, Estrategia Online reports.
 
The document consists of 14 lines of action, with 30 different initiatives that seek to facilitate access to telecoms networks and services to all Chilean citizens. Activities linked to ICT services are expected to account for 10 percent of the country's GDP by 2020.
 
The project aims to increase digital inclusion for Chilean citizens from the current 41 percent to 80 percent by 2020. To support this goal, the government will power the deployment of additional Wi-Fi hotspots in public places.

Source: Telecom Paper.

Thursday, May 23, 2013 1:08:39 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
Orange Tunisia and Qtel mobile subsidiary Tunisiana have signed an agreement with European carrier Interoute for the commissioning of a submarine cable connecting Kelibia, Tunisia, to Mazara del Vallo, Sicily. The 170 km cable called Didon will be Tunisia's first private submarine cable. It is due to be commissioned in April 2014 and to deliver a capacity of 8Tbps per operator. The cable will connect to Interoute's European fibre network at the landing point in Italy. It will use Alcatel-Lucent 100G submarine technology and will expand the capabilities of Orange Tunisia and Tunisiana's existing international networks, providing better throughput to support growth in fixed and mobile data traffic.

Source: Telecom Paper.

Thursday, May 23, 2013 12:59:01 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, May 06, 2013

New data from TeleGeography’s Global Bandwidth Research Service reveal that demand for international bandwidth grew 39% in 2012, and at a compounded annual rate of 53% between 2007 and 2012.

International bandwidth demand growth has been robust on all five of the world’s major submarine cable routes, but has been particularly rapid on key routes to emerging markets in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. While bandwidth demand on the trans-Atlantic route – which has long been the world’s highest-capacity route – increased at a healthy rate of 36% annually between 2007 and 2012, demand for bandwidth from the US to Latin America grew 70% per year over the same period, and demand for capacity on the Europe-Asia route via Egypt grew a staggering 87% per year.

Telcos have kept up with increasing bandwidth demand by building new cables and upgrading existing systems, deploying a total of 54Tbps of new capacity between 2007 and 2012. Carriers’ new capacity deployments reflect the changing patterns of international bandwidth demand. Between 1997 and 2002, the amount of new capacity deployed across the Atlantic was greater than the amount deployed on the trans-Pacific, US-Latin America, Intra-Asia, and Europe-Asia routes, combined. Similarly, between 2002 and 2007, nearly half of all new capacity was deployed on the trans-Atlantic route. Over the past five years, however, new capacity deployments have become remarkably balanced, with each of the world’s major routes gaining between 10Tbps and 12Tbps.

‘While the total amount of lit bandwidth on routes to developing markets remains smaller than on routes between mature markets, demand on emerging market routes is growing much faster,’ said TeleGeography analyst Paul Brodsky. ‘Consequently, as telcos upgrade submarine cable networks to meet bandwidth demand, new capacity deployments are being distributed ever more evenly around the world.’

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, May 06, 2013 9:21:46 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, January 24, 2013

Macedonia’s industry regulator the Agency for Electronic Communications (AEC) has published its latest observatory of the country’s telecoms markets for the period ended 30 September 2012. At that date the watchdog counted a total of 2.299 million active mobile subscribers, up 1.9% from 2.257 million in September 2011. Of these, the number of mobile broadband (2G/3G) users stood at 446,288, up 15.9% from 384,988 a year earlier; 2G narrowband users topped 172,787 (+63.8%). The Macedonian regulator also said that mobile phone users generated voice traffic of over 1.020 billion minutes in Q3 2012, up 17.3% y-o-y and 3.7% higher than in Q2 2012.

The total number of main lines in service (PSTN and ISDN) reached 407.896 at end-September 2012, down 1.4% year-on-year, of which business lines accounted for 43,615 (-0.02%). Meanwhile the number of residential fixed line subscribers dropped by 1.5% in the year under review to 364,281. The total number of internet connections was 302,257, compared to 271,773 at end-September 2011. IPTV subscriptions stood at 58,385, up 64.9% on an annualised basis.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, January 24, 2013 10:07:13 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, January 08, 2013

China's internet user base will reach 800 mln in 2015, reports People's Daily citing China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). As explained by MIIT minister Miao Wei, as the MIIT accelerates its 'Broadband China' project and expands broadband construction in the country, the number of internet users will continue to increase rapidly. Miao said it will continue to expand the development of mobile internet, e-commerce, cloud computing and M2M information services in China with the goal of reaching yearly e-commerce transactions of CNY 18 trillion, 2.3 million new internet sector jobs, and yearly software and information service revenue of CNY 4 trillion by 2015. The MIIT has also set a goal of domestically producing 80 percent of the country's LCD display panels used in television production.

Source: Telecom Paper.

Tuesday, January 08, 2013 9:06:38 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, December 20, 2012

ARCEP and the Committee for industry, energy and technologies, CGIET (Conseil général de l'industrie, de l'énergie et des technologies) have released the findings of the 10th annual survey on the use of information and communication technologies (fixed and mobile calling, internet and microcomputers) in France. This survey was conducted in June 2012 through face-to-face interviews with a sample of 2,206 people who are representative of the French population, 12 years of age and over.

What follows are some of the survey's main findings.

More and more people equipped with wireline and mobile phones, computers and internet access.

- Seventy eight percent of the population now have both a landline telephone in the home and their own mobile phone (+4 points compared to last year): telephony equipment levels stand at 89% for fixed (+1 point) and 85% for mobile (+3 points);

- four out of five people have a computer at home - most of which are laptops (70%) and 97% of which are connected to the internet;

- portable devices are increasingly popular: 64% of the population ages 12 and up own a laptop computer, a mobile phone or a tablet (+11 points);

- most people (55%) still access the internet using a landline connection at home, but this is followed closely by the use of a Wi-Fi connection at home (49%, +7 points). We are also seeing a swift increase in the use of mobile devices - i.e. tablets and phones - to access the web at home, either via Wi-Fi (23%, +10 points) or a mobile network (20%, +6 points). Ultimately, consumers are using a variety of connection modes, with 45% of them employing two or more to access the internet when at home.

Growing adoption of mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) one of the main reasons for increased traffic:

- Twenty nine percent of the population surf the web using a smartphone, which marks an 8-point increase over the year before. And usage has skyrocketed over the past two years: accessing e-mail and downloading paid applications rose by a further 7 points, after having increased by 8 points in 2011 (adopted by 23% and 21% of users, respectively);

- twenty percent of individuals use a laptop computer or a tablet to connect to the internet when away from home;

- smartphone owners are twice as likely to use the mobile internet: 79% of them use their phone to surf the web, compared to only 29% of mobile phone owners as a whole. Sixty five percent use their smartphone to send e-mail, 63% to download applications and 24% to watch TV. These are nevertheless the same percentages as in 2011.

Source: ARCEP.

Thursday, December 20, 2012 3:19:36 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, December 14, 2012

Ukraine’s third largest cellco Astelit (life:)) claims that it had 2.3 million mobile internet users on its GPRS/EDGE network at the end of September 2012, or 28% of its overall active mobile subscriber base which reached 8.2 million at that date (up from 7.1 million a year earlier). The number of active smartphones on Astelit’s network increased by 42% year-on-year to 1.07 million at end-September 2012, while overall mobile market leader Kyivstar reported at the same data that it had 2.56 million active smartphone subscribers, less than second-placed GSM operator MTS Ukraine which claimed almost three million smartphones, ProIT reported.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, December 14, 2012 11:06:55 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The Yemeni government has begun installing a national WiMAX network to improve the availability of internet access, reports National Yemen. The project is to be completed in two phases and will see the deployment of 28 stations covering Sanaa and Aden. The rollout is expected to cost YER591 million (USD2.736 million). Commenting at a ceremony marking the launch of the project, Minister of Telecommunications Dr. Ahmed Obaid Bin Daghar said: ‘We are looking for all the people to benefit from this technology and it will be available to all kinds of people, and not just a specific group. It will be helpful in many fields – in education, health, communication.’

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, December 14, 2012 11:03:38 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Afghanistan’s Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) has awarded WiMAX licences to three operators to increase the availability of internet access in the nation. Neda Telecom, IO Global and Arianna Network Services were each awarded a licence for a fee of USD520,000. The MCIT said in a statement that between 20% and 30% of subscribers to telecoms services currently have access to the internet, though with the issuance of the trio of WiMAX licences, and the allocation of 3G licences earlier this year the ministry hopes to increase access to around 80% of the population within two years.

Telecom minister Amirzai Sangin added: ‘to change Afghanistan into [an] advanced technological and e-government country, implementing of advanced technologies is necessary and provides great facilities to the residents of the country. 3G and WIMAX technologies [will] provide fast internet services for the people of Afghanistan.’

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, December 14, 2012 10:57:59 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Brunei’s telecoms regulator, the Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry (AITI), has published its annual ICT indicators. Although no time-frame is mentioned by the regulator, it is assumed that the figures apply to the end of the country’s financial year, 31 March 2012. The regulator has revealed that the Sultanate’s mobile user base reached 449,260, up from 443,161 a year earlier. That total comprises 382,286 pre-paid users and 66,974 post-paid contract customers. Meanwhile, the number of fixed line subscribers increased from 79,839 to 80,039, ending a negative trend of falling subscriber totals evident in 2010 and 2011. In terms of internet access, the AITI reported 21,492 fixed line broadband subscribers, 4,161 dial-up users and 27,620 mobile internet users.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, December 14, 2012 10:40:38 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

China Unicom is going through a critical transformation as the operator is shifting its focus to its data business. Weak domestic demand is putting pressure on traditional mobile services such as voice and SMS, company chairman Chang Xiaobing told the China Daily in an interview. However, the data business, supported by the growing popularity of smartphones, is growing quickly. "China Unicom has come to a point where it has to transform itself," Chang said. "We may face difficulties in the transition, but China Unicom has the confidence and the capability to overcome those."

Source: Telecom Paper.

Friday, December 14, 2012 10:32:27 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Japanese cable operator Jupiter Telecommunications (J:Com) grew its customer base to approximately 3.72 million in October, up 3.5 percent year-on-year. Combined revenue generating units (RGUs) for cable television, internet access, and telephony services reached 7.50 million, up 6.8 percent from October 2011. Furthermore, the bundle ratio increased to 2.02 from 1.95 a year earlier. J:Com had 3.11 million cable TV subscribers, up 1.8 percent year-on-year. The company also had 1.95 million internet subscribers, up 8.7 percent and the number of telephony customers grew 12.4 percent to 2.44 million.

Source: Telecom Paper.

Friday, December 14, 2012 10:30:31 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, November 15, 2012

National telecoms regulator the Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) has published its latest market observatory report for the month of Shrawan, 2069 (15 July – 14 August, 2012) showing that the country’s fixed line user base continues to fall, standing at 839,067 connections, down from 850,607 at mid-April this year. Of the total, state owned Nepal Doorsanchar Company Limited (Nepal Telecom, or NT) reported a total of 629,801 (PSTN) and 129,126 (WiLL) connections, at mid-August, while the country’s smaller players lagged behind in terms of users, with United Telecom Limited reaching 71,395 fixed-wireless telephony customers, Nepal Satellite Telecom having 2,950 WiLL lines, Smart Telecom, 598 and STM with 5,197 – both PSTN.

In the mobile segment, at mid-August 2012 the total number of registered SIMs stood at 15.627 million, up from 14.498 million at mid-April. Market leader Spice Nepal Private, trading as Ncell, had 8.492 million GSM clients at that date, while NT had 7.135 million (including 6.304 million GSM and 830,172 CDMA users). Data published in the NTA’s Management Information System report shows that at that date overall teledensity (fixed and mobile) stood at 66.14% (up from 61.42% in April and 56.46% at mid-December 2011), with mobile accounting for the lion’s share – or 58.70% – of lines.

The NTA also said the total number of data and internet subscribers stood at 5.145 million at mid-August, up from 4.667 million in April, with the overwhelming majority (over 4.782 million) arising from GPRS mobile internet connections. The number of ADSL connections topped 88,058 for NT (up from 83,464), with cable modem, CDMA 1x and other (wireless, fibre-optic) reaching 17,981, 196,183 and 45,612 respectively. There were also 15,037 dial-up connections reported at the same date.

Source: Telegeography.

Thursday, November 15, 2012 2:08:35 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, November 08, 2012

According to data published by Brazil’s Associacao Brasileira de Telecomunicacoes (Telebrasil), the country was home to a total of 83 million broadband accesses (fixed and mobile) at the end of September, up 58% or 30.5 million connections on the same time in 2011. Of the total, some 63.6 million people were accessing the internet via a mobile broadband connection, with a further 19.4 million using a fixed connection. The popularity of mobile internet access is booming, with Telebrasil noting that connections increased by 84% in the year to 30 September 2012, with 50.9 million Brazilian owning a 3G mobile phone and 12.7 million using a data terminal (modem/dongle) at that date. Further, the association notes that the uptake of smartphones is accelerating with numbers rising by 86% between September 2011 and 2012, including 30 million new 3G mobile connections. In the fixed broadband sphere, the country registered some 1.4 million net new users in the period under review, up 7.7% year-on-year. Telebrasil attributes a significant portion of the growth to the success of the country’s national broadband plan – Plano Nacional de Banda Larga – which it estimates accounted for 31.5% of all new fixed high speed accesses.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, November 08, 2012 2:39:56 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

GrameenPhone, the Bangladesh unit of Norway’s Telenor Group, has reported that it signed up 9.8 million GPRS/EDGE mobile internet users by the end of September 2012, up by around one million in three months, and up from 3.4 million just twelve months earlier – a year-on-year net increase of 6.4 million. The figures raised the proportion of its total user base accessing the web by 14 percentage points year-on-year to 24% in the same period. GrameenPhone has recently promoted internet usage on its GSM network with a special discount for first-time customers, plus specific targeting of user segments such as its ‘Internet Utshob’ campaign aimed at the youth market, as well as government partnerships including the distribution of wireless modems in schools across the country.

Total GSM customers reached 41.0 million at 30 September 2012, up from 39.3 million reported the previous quarter and 35.2 million in Q3 2011, helping drive revenue for the first nine months of the year up by 4.7% to BDT69.3 billion (USD835 million) and Q3 revenue up by 0.4% to BDT22.9 billion. EBITDA margin remained at 53% in 9M 2012, the same level as the corresponding period of 2011, although the margin dropped in 3Q12 to 52%, down from 58% in 2011’s third quarter. The cellco invested CAPEX of BDT10.4 billion in the first three quarters of 2012, with Q3 CAPEX reaching BDT2.9 billion, down from BDT4.5 billion in the same quarter a year earlier.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, November 08, 2012 2:38:26 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The number of active users of the internet in the Arab region has increased by 23 percent in the last two years, which is 1.6 times higher than the world average of 13 percent growth, according to Hatem Samman, director of Ideation Centre at Booz and Company. The Arab Digital Generation (ADG) constitutes 4 percent of the globally digital active users generation, Gulf News reported. Up to 90 million Arabs aged 15 to 35 years use the internet. It is expected that by 2030, about 38 percent of the Arab population will be using the internet. Samman was referring to a survey conducted by the company of 3,127 respondents from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Jordan, Lebanon, UAE, Algeria and Egypt.

 Samman said that Arabs read more news on the internet compared with others, stressing that 260 million are globally digitally active. Samman said social media account memberships have increased by 20-30 percent in the Arab world in the last two years, adding that the UAE has the highest penetration of online purchasees which is 12 per cent compared with a world average of 20 per cent. In 2006-2011, the number of internet users increased to a great extent.

 

This is reflected by the high percentage of Youtube playbacks in the Arab world compared with the rest of the world. Eight-five percent of internet users in Saudi Arabia use YouTube, 83 percent in the UAE and 74 percent in Egypt. The overall figure for YouTube users in the Mena is 167 million.

Source: Telecom Paper.

Thursday, November 08, 2012 2:20:52 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, October 01, 2012

Chilean regulator Sub-Secretaria de Telecomunicaciones (Subtel) has announced that population penetration for internet services had increased to 34% by end-June 2012, reaching the regulator’s target for 2014 more than a year ahead of schedule. Subtel attributes the uptake to the growth of mobile devices, the enforcement of net neutrality and government spending on increasing connectivity for schools and rural communities. The regulator added that customer complaints relating to internet-use made up just 7.3% of the total complaints in the sector, with Subtel ruling in favour of customers in 82% of cases. The most common complaints were regarding continuity of service and breach of contract, whilst issues with browsing speed were the fifth leading cause of complaints. The average maximum speed of internet connections in Chile was reportedly 3.4Mbps.

Source: Telegeography.

Monday, October 01, 2012 12:56:52 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Gabonese internet service provider (ISP) Internet Gabon has launched its ‘Triple Net’ project, a partnership between itself, the European Satellite Company (SES) and Hughes Advantage, that aims to expand internet access and satellite TV to rural areas of Gabon, reports Africa Info. The trio intend to expand the USD12 million project to rural areas throughout francophone southern Africa. Internet Gabon claims to have already installed VSAT equipment to 500 sites, and set up 50 wireless in the local loop (WiLL) towers. The ISP added that the ‘Triple Net’ project would allow it reduce prices for end users, whilst it would endeavour to ensure that installation and delivery were very simple.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 12:29:30 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Uzbekistan national operator Uztelecom continues to reduce the price for use of its internet gateway by ISPs. The rate was cut from USD 457 to USD 442 per 1 Mbps. It has been the fifth reduction this year, dropping from USD 500 in January.


Source: Telecompaper

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Wednesday, July 04, 2012 3:46:47 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Angola’s Education Ministry and private sector mobile network operator Unitel have partnered Chinese telecoms equipment company Huawei to launch a project designed to provide free internet access for selected groups of public and private secondary school students, reports ANGOP news agency. According to a note from Unitel, the project, called ‘E-Net’, began last week and will involve all 18 provinces of Angola.

Source: Telegeography

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 3:48:32 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

According to a report by the Information Society & Media Directorate-General of the European Commission, Slovenia’s mobile broadband service penetration rate (on all devices) reached 29.1% in January 2012. However, the report added that the figure was well below the European Union (EU) average of 43.1%, whilst it saw ‘no significant signs’ of substitution between fixed and mobile broadband. Penetration on large screens, as measured by dedicated data services (via cards, modems or keys), was near-static year-on-year at 2.5% in January 2012, according to the report, which also said that Slovenia’s rate of regular internet use (at least once a week) stood at 66%, below the EU average of 69%, and was virtually unchanged from a year earlier.

Source: Telegeography

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 3:25:22 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, June 22, 2012

The Senate of the Netherlands on Tuesday adopted a new Telecommunications Act to put net neutrality into law, making the country the first in Europe to do so. Supporters of the new legislation say the new rules will prevent mobile internet providers such as KPN from charging for access to specific services like Skype and WhatsApp, or from throttling traffic — both techniques that it has been keen on using to manage its mobile traffic. In June 2011 the lower chamber, the House of Representatives, approved the net neutrality act. Among the many provisions contained in the law, new rules specifies that sites which use cookies must explicitly ask for user permission before setting them, and provides safeguards against user disconnection or intrusive monitoring by ISPs. The adoption of net neutrality rules follows intense debate in the country stemming from KPN’s decision to start charging for access to free online services such as WhatsApp (a text messaging service). The new law specifies that no service provider can impose fees or special terms and conditions for any internet service, nor can they determine what sites end users can visit. However, court-ordered site blocking can still take place, it said.

The only other country currently with a working net neutrality law is Chile. The South American country adopted legislation in June 2010 and the new law came into effect in May 2011.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, June 22, 2012 1:50:26 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, March 16, 2012

Construction of the Azerbaijani segment of a new fibre-optic international gateway system, which links Oman to Frankfurt in Germany via Russia and Iran, is nearing completion, Trend News Agency reports, citing Delta Telecom’s technical director Raed Alekberli. A test run of the Europe Persia Express Gateway (EPEG) is expected in the near future, Alekberli said. As previously reported by CommsUpdate, four international telecommunications companies signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in March 2011 to develop the EPEG cable system, namely: Oman’s incumbent fixed line operator Omantel, Iran-based Telecommunications Infrastructure Company (TIC), UK-based Cable & Wireless Worldwide and Russian carrier Rostelecom. The 6,000km cable system is expected to be ready for service in May 2012, helping to accommodate the increasing traffic from the MENA region, Central Asia, Russia and Europe, providing an alternative route to the Red Sea Systems.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, March 16, 2012 4:08:14 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, January 13, 2012

For many people today it seems difficult to live without the internet, however a decreasing, but still non-negligible, part of the EU population has never used it. In the 27 EU Member States, almost three quarters of households had access to the internet in the first quarter of 2011, compared with almost half in the first quarter of 2006. The share of households with broadband internet connections more than doubled between 2006 and 2011, to reach 68% in 2011 compared with 30% in 2006. During the same period, the share of individuals aged 16-74 in the EU27 who had never used the internet decreased from 42% to 24%.

Source: Europe's Information Society.

Friday, January 13, 2012 1:35:23 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, November 16, 2011

According to industry research reports, the mobile data usage in India has gone up by almost 35 percent between June 2011 and September 2011. Sources suggest that analysts have credited the rise in data usage to increased availability and affordable pricing, not just for people living in urban areas, but for people from different income segments.

As per reports, there were a total of 26 million mobile internet users in March 2011 which went up to 35 million in September 2011. Industry analysts predict tremendous growth in mobile data usage and expect this number to increase to 41 million users by the year end.

India saw the introduction of the 3G services towards the end of last year, which has increased the use of the internet on mobile handsets, due to increased speeds and better features. Further, easy accessibility and competitive pricing are significant in contributing towards the increased adoption of the mobile phone in the country.

Source: Wireless Federation

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 10:49:42 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, July 26, 2011
The Philippines' National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has told communications firms to disclose their minimum broadband speed and reliability to consumers. Memorandum Order No. 07-07-2011 requires operators to specify minimum broadband speeds, service rates and the reliability of the service in advertisements, flyers, brochures, and service agreements, the Manila Times reports. The regulator also said the minimum service reliability should be 80 percent. The service reliability is measured over a month and is found by dividing the number of hours used in a month that are at or above the minimum connection speed into the number of hours used in a month. Currently, operators only disclose the maximum speed of the service.
 
According to the Memorandum, services also have to comply with Memorandum Circular No. 12-19-2004 which stipulates that operators have to provide at least 98.5 percent of the advertised speed, for dial-up access this is 80 percent and for leased lines this is 99 percent.

Source: Telecom Paper

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 9:45:13 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

According to Romanian news agency ACT Media, communications minister Valerian Vreme has announced that 90% of the areas that are currently unconnected to the internet will be covered within four years. According to Vreme, Romania currently has over 3,600 so-called ‘white spaces’, which are best defined as isolated areas not yet covered by available access types. Vreme commented: ‘The ‘Digital Agenda’ is shaping up. I can tell you that we are not alone in the process, but it depends on how we advertise the [scheme] and how we get people involved. Romania is ranked seventh in the world in terms of ‘technologies of the future’. At the same time, it is ranked 16th in terms of broadband [take-up]. Over the past year, the number of broadband internet connections advanced 6%, but that is not enough. Covering 90% of the over-3,600 blank areas will be achieved by 2015’.

Source: TeleGeography

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 9:35:30 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, July 15, 2011

Cuba’s national bureau of statistics, Oficina Nacional de Estadisticas (ONE), says that the island’s mobile subscriber base exceeded the one million milestone in 2010 to end the year with a total of 1.003 million cellular users, Reuters reports. The number of subscribers grew by 61% year-on-year compared to 621,200 at 31 December 2009. According to ONE, mobile services covered 78% of the Cuban population at the end of 2010, up marginally from 77.5% twelve months earlier and 71% in 2005.

Meanwhile, the number of fixed lines in service totalled 1.163 million at 31 December 2010 (compared to 1.119 million a year earlier), of which residential users accounted for 838,713. At the same date, 98.7% of lines had been digitised, up from 97.1% at the end of 2009 and 89.8% in 2005. The report said there were 64 computers and 159 internet users per 1,000 residents in 2010, though most had access only to a government controlled intranet through computer clubs and workplaces, since internet access requires government permission.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Cuba’s sole telecoms operator is Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba (ETECSA). The company is wholly owned by the Cuban government via six state-run entities: Telefonica Antillana (51%), Rafin (27%), Banco Financiero Internacional (6.2%), Universal Trade & Management Corporation (11.1%), Banco Internacional de Comercio (0.9%) and Negocios en Telecomunicaciones (3.8%). Local financial services company Rafin bought its stake in January 2011 from Telecom Italia (TI) for USD706 million.

Source: TeleGeography

Friday, July 15, 2011 1:00:48 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

After months of delays, Lebanon’s telecoms minister, Nicolas Sehnawi, has confirmed that international internet capacity via the India-Middle East-Western Europe (IMEWE) submarine cable is now available to ISPs. Habib Torbey, the head of the Lebanese Telecom Association and president of GlobalCom Data Services, representing the country’s private ISPs, confirmed to local newspaper The Daily Star yesterday that the long-awaited new capacity was now available, adding that the development ‘will really change the internet landscape in Lebanon.’

A statement from the communications ministry added that Sehnawi would present a draft bill to the Cabinet in the coming three weeks that would formally dictate a reduction of internet access prices in the country. Lebanon’s landing station for the IMEWE fibre-optic system had been scheduled to enter operation in December 2010 but was postponed mainly due to disputes involving the cable’s owning consortium, the telecoms ministry and the national incumbent telco OGERO. With the international undersea connection now lit, ISPs will soon be able to offer retail and wholesale users faster speeds, whilst planned 3G mobile data services will also utilise the IMEWE cable.

ISPs are waiting for the promised data pricing bill with interest as, unlike government-owned cellcos Alfa and MTC Touch, ISPs currently pay around USD3,000 for a line which reportedly costs the government USD100 to supply, Torbey stated. Meanwhile, upgrades to another cable system, Cadmos, will also boost the country’s available bandwidth, helping to raise speeds and lower prices.

Source: TeleGeography

Friday, July 15, 2011 12:53:08 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

­Canada's Rogers Communications has announced the commercial launch of Canada's first LTE network, covering the Ottawa region. Rogers also announced that network rollout to Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal will occur this autumn, and that LTE-enabled smartphones from Samsung and HTC will be available later this year.

The company added that it will expand LTE coverage to a further 21 markets by the end of 2012. Rogers and Ericsson have been conducting technical trials of LTE in Ottawa and Montreal since last autumn.At launch the Rogers LTE network will be capable of maximum theoretical download speeds of up to 75 Mbps on the Rogers LTE Network. Typical download speeds can range from 12 Mbps to 25 Mbps. As device selection evolves, maximum theoretical download speeds will increase to up to 150 Mbps.

"Ottawa is proud to play a significant role in Canada's first LTE network, from the trials through to the launch today. This new technology is a significant step forward towards increasing the accessibility and enjoyment of high speed applications while enhancing the productivity and reliability of mobile communications for Ottawans" said Steve Desroches, Deputy Mayor of Ottawa.

Source: Cellular News

Friday, July 15, 2011 12:45:53 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Belarusian national operator Beltelecom plans to raise the capacity of its internet gateway to Russia by 20Gbps by the end of the year and has announced a tender to provide the service, according to local online news service Tut. The winner of the bid will be charged with expanding the gateway by 10Gbps in August, adding the rest of the capacity in the third and fourth quarters of the year. The current capacity of Beltelecom’s internet gateway totals 120Gbps, of which the link to Russia comprises 90Gbps.

Source: TeleGeography

Friday, July 15, 2011 12:43:13 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Wireless broadband subscriptions in OECD countries exceeded half a billion by the end of 2010, an increase of more than 10 percent on June 2010, according to data from the OECD. Fixed broadband subscriptions reached 300 million, but growth slowed to 6 percent year-on-year. This reflects higher broadband penetration and market saturation in some countries. The Netherlands and Switzerland lead with 38.1 subscriptions per 100 inhabitants, followed by Denmark with 37.7 and Norway with 34.6.

Fibre subscriptions continue to grow and account for 12.3 percent of all fixed broadband connections, while DSL is still the most widely used technology with 57.6 percent, followed by cable with 29.4 percent. Leading countries in fibre are Japan with 58 percent, Korea with 55 percent, Slovak Republic with 29 percent and Sweden with 26 percent. Korea is the leading country for wireless broadband subscriptions, with 89.8 per 100 inhabitants, followed by Finland with 84.8, Sweden with 82.9 and Norway with 79.9. This compares to an OECD average of 41.6 and a total of under 512 million.

The factors in the sector's continuing health include long contract durations of mobile operators, the popularity of bundled offers of television, mobile and fixed telephony, and the fact that communication services are perceived as non-discretionary spending items. Households looking to cut spending seem to be economising in other areas. The prevalence of bundled services has also played a role in this shift by reinforcing customer loyalty and reducing churn. Bundled services may benefit consumers by offering lower prices and gains such as unified billing, integrated services or customer assistance. The complexity of some bundled offers makes them hard to interpret and poses additional issues for consumers trying to compare prices and make informed decisions. In addition, bundling may make it harder for users to switch providers or drop a service.

Source: TelecomPaper

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 9:18:42 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) has approved a plan to change the Internet's Domain Name System. The Icann board approved a plan to dramatically increase the number of internet domain name endings, dubbed generic top-level domains (gTLDs), from the current 22, which includes domains such as .com, .org and .net.

The decision is in line with the rights of groups to create new Top Level Domains in any language or script. New gTLDs are expected to change the way people find information on the internet and how businesses plan and structure their online presence. Internet address names will be able to end with almost any word in any language, enabling organizations worldwide to market their brand, products, community or cause in new ways. The first applications for new gTLDs will be accepted from 12 January 2012 to 12 April 2012.

Source: TelecomPaper

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 2:25:20 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
The number of mobile subscribers in Kenya rose by 12.0 percent in the three months to December 2010, to 24.96 million. That's up 28 percent from the end of 2009, according to the latest statistics from the Communications Commission of Kenya. The regulator said that was the fastest quarterly growth in four quarters.
 
Safaricom remained market leader with 69.9 percent of subscribers, followed by Airtel with 15.2 percent. Orange Kenya led net additions in the quarter with 972,928 new subscribers, finishing with an 8.5 percent market share. Essar Telecom had a market share of 6.4 percent. Mobile networks recorded 7.45 billion minutes of local calls during the quarter, up from 6.63 billion in the previous quarter. Growth was helped by increased off-net traffic after the cut in interconnection rates in August. The CCK said the average off-net price dropped to KES 3.47 per minute from KES 5.10 in the previous quarter, while on-net calls fell to an average KES 2.67 from KES 3.92 per minute. SMS traffic fell to 665 million messages from 740 million in Q3.
 
The number of internet subscriptions increased to 4.7 million at the end of December 2010 from 3.2 million in the previous quarter, while the number of internet users was estimated at 10.2 million, up 18.6 percent from Q3. The number of fixed lines declined by 0.8 percent from 228,391 to 226,587, while fixed wireless lines recorded a 8.9 percent increase in the quarter to 154,161. Overall teledensity rose to 64.2 percent from 56.9 percent in September 2010, with mobile services accounting for 63.2 percent.
 
Source: TelecomPaper


Tuesday, June 28, 2011 10:54:33 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, June 10, 2011

According to Arcep’s latest market observatory, the number of high speed and ultra-high speed fixed broadband connections in France reached 21.8 million at 31 March 2011, up 8% or 460,000 net new lines, compared to the same period a year ago. Of the total, 20.25 million lines were xDSL connections, up from 18.91 million a year earlier, while other broadband subscriptions (cable, wireless and satellite) increased to 1.01 million at the end of the first quarter.

Moreover, the number of ultra-high speed broadband connections stood at 520,000, representing net growth of about 183,000 over the corresponding year-earlier quarter, including 140,000 FTTH and FTTB connections (up 20,000 since the start of this year). The regulator notes that at end-March 2011, approximately 1.135 million homes were within potential reach of a FTTH connection, up about 36% compared to 31 March 2010. More than 21% of these homes were located in buildings where residents are offered a choice of service providers.

Source: TeleGeography

Friday, June 10, 2011 11:55:54 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
The internet's role as a major growth and innovation driver for the global economy, based on the principles of openness, transparency and freedom, was recognised in the G8 summit's so-called Deauville Declaration, entitled "Renewed commitment for freedom and democracy". The document's internet section sets out basic principles and highlights areas where further collaborative efforts are needed. It highlights the importance of the internet in helping to achieve economic and social development goals, calling on the private sector to do its part.
 
The G8 leaders consulted some of the biggest online players and heard representations from NGOs advocating personal freedoms and underling the internet's ability to balance and check the powers of governments and corporations. Their positions are set out in Section II of the document, which addresses issues such as the rule of law, protection of intellectual property, transparency and respect for confidentiality, individual rights and responsibility, arbitrary or indiscriminate censorship or restrictions on access, the role of national governments and the convergence of public policies. Upcoming forums for international cooperation in these areas this year include a high level meeting of the OECD in Paris (June), the UN's Internet Governance Forum in Nairobi, Kenya (September), the Cyber Conference in London and the Conference on Copyright in Avignon, France (both November).

Source: TelecomPaper

Friday, June 10, 2011 10:39:30 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, June 09, 2011

Angola’s vice minister for telecommunications, Aristides Safeca, has said that almost two million people in the country are accessing the internet on their mobile phones, reports AllAfrica. Safeca, speaking on the sidelines of the Angolan Forum on Telecommunications and Information Technologies, said that many of the mobile internet users – representing nearly 20% of the approximately ten million cellular phone customers in Angola – had eschewed available fixed line network services, and that the government is working towards improving the quality of service for fixed internet users.

Source: TeleGeography

Thursday, June 09, 2011 4:38:59 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, March 08, 2011

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has provided a EUR8 million (USD11 million) loan to the Seychelles Cable Systems Company (SCS) for the installation and operation of the island nation’s first international submarine fibre-optic cable. The planned 1,930km cable will link the main island of Mahe to the existing Eastern Africa Submarine System (EASSy) in Tanzania, and is expected to be operational by the second half of 2012, according to a report on Afriquejet.com.

The project will also benefit from a EUR4 million grant from the EU-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund to support shareholding in the project by the Seychelles government. A statutory dividend from this equity stake will be used to provide free internet access for schools, libraries, hospitals and other social development-related services. The EUR27 million overall project cost will be financed through 40% equity and 60% debt, the EIB said.

Long-term debt will be co-financed equally by the EIB and the African Development Bank, and equity contributions split between three shareholders – the Government of Seychelles, Cable and Wireless Seychelles and Airtel. SCS executive Benjamin Choppy – who is also permanent secretary for ICT in the Seychelles – signed the deal with the EIB, which he called a key milestone for the project, and stressed that the cable will dramatically improve voice telephony and internet access in the Seychelles, with international transmission capacity predicted to be seven times cheaper than current prices. The EIB previously supported the EASSy project to connect 20 coastal and landlocked countries in East and Southern Africa using a high bandwidth undersea fibre-optic cable and terrestrial links.

Source: TeleGeography

Tuesday, March 08, 2011 4:12:54 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, February 07, 2011

Japanese multiservice operator (MSO) Jupiter Telecommunications (J:COM) added a net 111,000 broadband internet subscribers last year to lift its total to 1.696 million from 1.585 million at end-2009.

The MSO also reported solid growth of its voice telephony services, with users increasing from 1.763 million to 1.971 million over the same period. In total, J:COM ended the year with 6.360 million revenue generating units (RGUs) for cable TV, internet and/or telephony services, up 6.9% year-on-year, while the bundling ration (i.e. average number of services taken by one subscribed household) rose to 1.86 from 1.82 previously. The operator’s TV services continue to be popular: J:COM closed out the year with 2.691 million basic TV subscribers, including 2.687 million digital TV customers, up from 2.598 million in December 2009.

Source: TeleGeography

Monday, February 07, 2011 11:27:25 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, January 24, 2011

The China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) has published its 27th China Internet Development Statistics Report which shows that at the end of 2010 China had 457 million internet users (or netizens as CNNIC describes them), more than the combined population of the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Total broadband internet users reached 450 million, with penetration among fixed line internet users reaching 98.3%. China's mobile internet users numbered 303 million, up 69.3 million year-on-year. Mobile internet users accounted for 66.2% of total internet users, up from 60.8% at the end of 2009. The number of rural internet users reached 125 million, or 27.3% of total users, an increase of 16.9%.

Source: TeleGeography

Monday, January 24, 2011 5:35:39 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
In Italy, 48.9 percent of the population aged 6 and over use the internet, but only 26.4 percent do so daily, according to the Italia 2011 report from Istat. The new generations use the internet more: among those aged 15-24 years, 8 out of 10 connect to the Web and more than half do so every day.
 
In the period between 2001 and 2010, the proportion of internet users increased significantly (from 27 percent in 2001 to 48.9 percent in 2010). In the last year, the figure rose from 44.4 percent to 48.9 percent. The percentage of companies connected via broadband to the internet is high and amounts to about 83 percent of companies with at least 10 employees (year 2009).


Source: Telecom Paper

Monday, January 24, 2011 11:38:42 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, January 14, 2011
Over the past two years, the level of digitization of the information society has grown to a greater extent among users aged 45 to 64 than in the average population. For example, the use of online banking services was flat year-on-year for the average population, while for the customer segment aged 45 to 54 the use has increased by 4 percent.
 
Spain currently has over 27 million internet users, according to a report by Telefonica. Of these, nearly 69.2 percent go online daily, up by 13.3 percent versus 2009. Spain ended 2010 with over 10 million fixed broadband lines, up by 8.3 year-on-year. Of these 10 million, some 80 percent use ADSL technology, while cable lines account for 19 percent. Internet penetration currently reaches 9 million households in Spain, up by 700,000 from December 2009. Of these, over eight million use broadband connections, up by 900,000 versus 2009.
 
Moreover, the number of households subscribing to triple-play services has jumped by 250 percent in 2010. Over 13 percent of Telefonica's customer base use triple-play packages, including fixed broadband connection, voice services and TV services. Telefonica currently has 4.3 million mobile broadband subscribers, which equals a two-fold increase versus end-2009. Mobile broadband penetration reaches 11.7 percent of Spanish households, up by 6.6 percentage points year-on-year.

Source: TelecomPaper

Friday, January 14, 2011 10:24:30 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) reports that the total number of internet users in the country reached 67.9 million as at 31 December 2009, up 21.5% when compared to the previous year. According to the findings of its National Survey by Household Sample (PNAD), the number of people (aged ten and over) who use the internet increased by twelve million in the period under review, marking a massive increase on the 31.9 million users reported in 2005.

The IBGE’s findings show particularly strong internet usage in Brazil’s southeastern states, where users represent 48.1% of the total population of the region. Other strong areas for internet uptake are the northern (34.3%) and northeast (30.2%) regions. The survey also highlighted a shift in trend that has seen younger members of society dominating in terms of internet access. In 2009 71% of people aged 15-17 years, and 68.7% of 18 and 19 year-olds were connected to the World Wide Web, it said.

Source: TeleGeography

Thursday, September 23, 2010 8:54:52 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The internet is a global network; however, data from TeleGeography’s new Global Internet Geography reveal that the market for international internet services remains characterised by distinct regional dynamics.

Traffic soared, but so did capacity. Internet traffic rose 56% in 2010. Carriers piled on 13.2Tbps of new international capacity, and network utilization remained stable. However, regional utilization levels vary widely: peak utilisation levels on intra-Asian links are 50% higher than on intra-European links (see figure).

Africa has a long way to grow. Africa’s international Internet backbone capacity has increased more than 14-fold between 2006 and 2010. However, all of Africa combined still has less than one-third as much international Internet connectivity as the country of Austria, alone.

Prices only go down. Wholesale Internet (IP transit) prices in major US and European cities are by far the lowest in the world, yet they continue to fall as rapidly as prices in major cities of Asia and Latin America.

Market concentration varies widely. The five largest carriers in Asia account for 37% of that region’s international Internet bandwidth. In Latin America, the top 5 carriers operate 77% of international internet capacity.

Source: TeleGeography

Thursday, September 23, 2010 8:47:55 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The total number of internet users in the mountain nation of Nepal has grown by a significant 160% within a year, according to the latest report released by the regulator, the Nepal Telecom Authority (NTA). A sizeable portion of the growth is attributed to the number of people accessing the internet through GPRS-enabled mobile phones, it said, which has helped internet penetration to increase to 4.85%. At the end of FY2009/10 (ended 14 July 2010), the number of internet users registered in the country rose to 1,359,805, from 515,592 the previous year.

Of these, GPRS internet users accounted for 1.153 million, up a massive 800,000 in twelve months. Meanwhile, the number of ADSL subscribers to national PTO Nepal Telecom increased to 45,435 from 15,661 previously. However, the NTA also reported that the number of subscribers of dial-up, wireless modem, cable modem, optical fibre, earth net and cable net subscribers fell over the same period, standing at 73,186, compared to 113,406 a year earlier.

Source: TeleGeography

Thursday, September 23, 2010 8:09:06 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, September 03, 2010

­In 2009, the BRICI countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China, and Indonesia - had some 610 million Internet users, and this number is growing at a blistering pace: it will nearly double by 2015, hitting around 1.2 billion users, according to a new report by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

"The Internet is already having a fundamental impact on consumption patterns, and the patterns we're seeing are significantly different from those in the United States and Japan," says report coauthor David Michael, who heads BCG's Global Advantage practice. "Companies relying solely on traditional means for reaching consumers in the emerging markets need to understand the impact that the shift to digital media is going to have."

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Source: Cellular News
Friday, September 03, 2010 12:52:14 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, September 01, 2010

In 2010, 30.1 million adults in the UK (60 per cent) accessed the Internet every day or almost every day. This is nearly double the estimate in 2006 of 16.5 million.
 

The number of adults who had never accessed the Internet in 2010 decreased to 9.2 million, from 10.2 million in 2009. There were 38.3 million adults who were Internet users (having accessed the Internet in the three months prior to interview).

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Source: Office for National Statistics UK

 

Wednesday, September 01, 2010 8:21:43 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The majority (80%) of Canadians, or 21.7 million people, used the Internet for personal reasons in 2009, up from 73 percent in 2007, according to a new survey by Statistics Canada.

Rates of Internet use increased in every province during this two-year period. The largest relative increase in Internet users occurred in New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador (+15% each over 2007). Rates were highest at 85% in both British Columbia and Alberta, followed by 81% in Ontario.

Most Canadian (96%) Internet users reported going online from home during 2009, while 42 percent said they used it from work, 21 percent from schools and 15 percent from libraries.

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Source: WebProNews

Tuesday, August 31, 2010 2:07:33 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The number of internet users in China rose by 9.4 percent from the beginning of the year to the midpoint, and is now at 420 million, according to China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), and reported by TeleGeography. Many of those users are connecting from wired connections, but China has a huge population of mobile phone users who are hopping online as 3G is rolled out across the country.

Of the total Internet users, 363.8 million (or 86.6 percent) accessed the web through wired broadband, while 276.8 million (65.9 percent) used mobile handsets. The numbers don’t add up because some people have multiple connections. Telegeography reports that the average time spend surfing the web was 19.8 hours per week in China. In contrast, Americans spend an average of 13 hours online a week, according to a Harris Interactive poll from December.

The huge and growing market of web-connected Chinese is an opportunity, but it’s also should serve as a warning, as China is spending billions to deliver faster speeds to its citizens. Earlier this week, Alcatel-Lucent scored a contract with China Mobile for fiber to the home and fiber to the building technology. China Telecom wants to deliver 100 Mbps speeds by 2013 with China Mobile hoping to do the same in five years.

A huge population with 100 Mbps or more broadband speeds will help drive innovative applications that we in the U.S. won’t even be able to run in many areas of the country. And when we finally do catch up with our networks, we’ll have to look to China to discover the hottest services and the startups delivering them.

Source: GigaOm

Tuesday, August 31, 2010 1:57:29 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, July 30, 2010

The number of internet users in China increased to an estimated 420 million at the end of June 2010, according to industry association China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC). The number of users was up by 9.4% compared to the start of the year. Of the total, 363.81 million (or 86.6%) used broadband fixed line access modes, while 276.78 million (65.9%) used mobile handsets. The average time spend surfing the world wide web was 19.8 hours per week.

CNNIC said that there were 250.452 million IP addresses, 11.206 million domain names and 2.787 million websites in China at the end of June. At the same date China had a total bandwidth of 998.217Gbps for international internet connections, with China Telecom responsible for 616.703Gbps, China Unicom 330.599Gbps, China Mobile 30.559Gbps, CSTNet 10.422Gbps and CERNET 9.932Gbps.

Source: TeleGeography

Friday, July 30, 2010 3:05:48 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Arab nations are leading a "historic" charge to make the world wide web live up to its name. Net regulator Icann has switched on a system that allows full web addresses that contain no Latin characters. Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are the first countries to have so-called "country codes" written in Arabic scripts. The move is the first step to allow web addresses in many scripts including Chinese, Thai and Tamil. More than 20 countries have requested approval for international domains from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann). It said the new domains were "available for use now" although it admitted there was still some work to do before they worked correctly for everyone. However, it said these were "mostly formalities".

Icann's senior director for internationalised domain names, Tina Dam, told BBC News that this has been "the most significant day" since the launch of the internet, adding that "it's been a very big day for Icann, more so for the three Arabic countries that were the first to be introduced". Icann president Rod Beckstrom described the change as "historic". The introduction of the first web names using so-called country code top-level domains (CCTLDs) is the culmination of several years of work by the organisation. Previously, websites could use some non-Latin letters, but the country codes such as .eg for Egypt had to be written in Latin script. The three new suffixes will allow web addresses to be completely written in native characters.

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Source: BBC News
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:54:18 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, May 03, 2010

The Minister of Communications and Informatisation for the Republic of Belarus, Nicolai Pantelei, is quoted as saying the country will be home to 1.8 million broadband internet subscribers by the end of this year, up from the 500,000 currently subscribed to national PTO Beltelcom’s network. The minister’s announcement comes in the wake of a statement from Andrey Kononov, the deputy head of Belarusian public corporation Gyprosvyaz, that broadband internet penetration in the country will top 34% in 2015, broken down as 38% in cities and 25% in rural areas. Online news journal e-Belarus.org goes on to say that the Belarusian authorities are targeting three million high speed internet connections by 31 December 2015, of which half will be using mobile broadband as their means of access. For its part, Beltelecom is targeting a minimum two million broadband internet subscribers by 2015, on top of which it believes it will have between 400,000-500,000 dial-up users – broadly the same as today.

Source: TeleGeography

Monday, May 03, 2010 2:58:38 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, April 14, 2010

THERE has been significant improvement in the communication sector with growth being registered in key areas. Statistics collated this year reveal that, total phone subscriptions

went up from 11,570,430 in 2008 to `15,318,225 while internet users climbed from as low as 45,000 last year to 2,500,000 this year.

 

This was made known by the Minister of Communication, Haruna Iddrisu when he took his turn at the Meet-the-0Press series in Accra yesterday to touch on issues to do with the Ministry.

 

He said in respect of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), the World Summit on the Information Society established a minimum penetration level of 25 per cent for the telecommunication industry and that going by such a growth rate what we accomplished this January was nearly 67 per cent.

 

Our resolve however, is to strive to secure a ubiquitous availability of telecommunication services that will enable the rural areas activity participate in the digital economy?, he said.

 

Mr Iddrisu said with the availability of broadband and expectant reduction of bandwidth prices in the country, the internet is now poised for its explosion.

 

He said though Ghana was among the leading internet countries in Africa, its growth had been sacrificed by the continuing reliance on voice telephony thereby suppressing the growth of the internet.

 

Mr Iddrisu said the Ministry along with other stakeholders has begun the reorganization of the management of Ghana Network Information Centre (ghNIC) to manage the internet.

 

?The present exercise will give it a multi-sectoral participation in its management and allow the Ghana Network Information Centre to exercise its mandate provided under section 63 of the Electronic Transaction Act, Act 722 of 2008? he said.

 

Mr Iddrisu said to support internet development, the Ministry has further granted approval to the National Communication Authority (NCA) to prepare the guidelines for the auctioning of licences in the 2.5 GHz to 2-69 GHz frequency band to provide wireless nationwide broadband connectivity to subscribers excluding voice applications.

 

He said the Ministry is also facilitating negotiations between the Ghana Internet Service Providers and Vodafone for rebates on the lease of capacities on the SAT-3 cable to enable them provide affordable internet services.

 

Mr Iddrisu said government is alive to its responsibility to intervene where appropriate, to correct market failures, maintain fair competition, attract investment to enhance development and maximize economic and social benefits to serve national priorities.

 

?Conscious of the enormous responsibility to develop the communication sector, I want to say, that over the past year, government has empowered the governing institutions to perform the supervisory duties in open, fair and transparent manner.

 

Touching on other programmes undertaken by the Ministry, He said, the Ministry has commenced the implementation of an e-government infrastructure project that will provide a national network for networking Ministries and Departments to local government area structures.

 

He said the Ministry of Communication in conjunction with the Finance Ministry is facilitating the automation of the operations of the revenue agencies including the Ghana Revenue Authority and the Registrar-Generals Department through a Public Private Partnership arrangement.

 

Mr Iddrisu said with the recent spate of fire outbreaks and loss of vital national information, the Ministry is proceeding with the construction of a National Data Centre to which the national portal will be linked.

 

He said the Ministry is collaborating with the Ghana Standard Board to establish a comprehensive industry standard and quality assurance and certification for the software industry in Ghana.

 

Mr Iddrisu indicated that projects such as Community Information Centres, Provision of Universal Access Common Telecom facilities and Development of Standards and Accreditation in ICT skills are all on course and being pursued with keen interest by the Ministry.

 

He said the Ministry of Communication is facilitating the existence of a resilient and advanced technology platform upon which solute ions and strategies will be delivered to expand and improve education, governance, health delivery, facilitate commerce, finance and banking and support agricultural and environmental monitoring to stimulate growth in the economy.

 

Source: Ghana Today.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 7:10:35 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, March 12, 2010

­A U.S.-based organization that promotes the use of the Internet is urging leaders in east Africa to make the Internet accessible and affordable to all of their citizens. The leaders are gathering in Nairobi for a regional summit due to begin Tuesday.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) says by expanding the reach and affordability of the Internet, African countries can vastly help improve the economic future of the people on the continent. Speaking at an ICANN-hosted Internet conference in Nairobi Monday, CEO Rod Beckstrom noted that Africa, which has 15 percent of the world's population, is home to less than seven percent of Internet users worldwide.

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"We hope the African heads of state of IGAD will walk across the hallway and join our meeting because that is a few small steps for them, but a huge leap for Africa - for more visibility and leadership of the heads of state in the Internet policy area - because the Internet is truly the developmental platform for the future," he added. Last July, a fiber optic cable went live off the Kenyan coast, putting the countries of Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda on the global information superhighway for the first time.East Africa had been the only region in the world not connected through fiber optic cables. For years, businesses suffered because they had to rely on expensive satellites to connect to the Internet. Many passed down those costs to consumers, hurting the poor in the region.

This article was originally published by Voice of America.

Source:Cellular News

Friday, March 12, 2010 2:42:44 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The latest national survey from market research company Synovate shows Kenya’s Internet market is growing fast and on the basis of this growth will soon reach “critical mass”. The growth in users is coming from both urban and rural areas and is predominantly amongst the young and well educated. Russell Southwood pored over the results.

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Critical mass kicks in when the number of users starts to create networking effects. In other words, existing users start to draw in new users who don’t want to be left out. In Kenya, this is clearly already beginning starting to happen. And although the number of daily Internet users is smaller than the overall estimated total of 3.5 million, it is beginning to grow significant and will continue to do so as access prices fall and local content offers become more varied.

Source: Balancingact-africa.com

Wednesday, February 17, 2010 9:53:55 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, January 15, 2010

China's population of Internet users jumped by nearly a third to 384 million at the end of last year, an official report showed on Friday, days after Google threatened to retreat from the expanding market.

The report from the state China Internet Network Information Center (www.cnnic.net.cn) underscored the growing scope of the Internet in the country, which Google said it may quit because of censorship and hacking. Throughout 2009, the number of Chinese Internet users grew by 86 million -- more than the total population of Germany -- or a rise of 28.9 percent compared to the end of 2008.The survey, based on a count of residents who said they used the Internet in the past six months, found 29 percent of China's 1.3 billion people are now net users.

The numbers establish China's position as the world's largest online community, more than the entire population of the United States."Although the rate of (Internet) participation continues to rise, compared to developed countries, China's rate of Internet participation remains quite low," said the report.By contrast, 74 percent of Americans use the Internet and 77 percent of South Koreans, it said.China's rate of growth in Internet users slowed compared with 2008, when the number grew by 41.9 percent. In 2002, China had 59 million users.

With China's expanding 3G mobile network, more than 120 million people used mobile Internet applications, said the Chinese-language report. The number of people using the Internet to book travel, bank and carry out other commerce grew by 68 percent year-on-year.

Source: Reuters

Friday, January 15, 2010 11:12:40 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, January 08, 2010

According to senior figures involved in the telecoms industry, the cost of internet access in Poland is set to fall in 2010, reports the Warsaw Business Journal. The CEO of TP SA, Maciej Witucki, said that even if tariff prices remained the same, faster access will be available. Meanwhile, the head of mobile operator PTC, Klaus Hartmann, is on record as expecting lower tariffs. ‘During our negotiations, TP declared that it can lower its internet access rates by as much as 15%,’ said the head of the Office for Electronic Communication (UKE), Anna Strezynska.

Source: TeleGeography

Friday, January 08, 2010 12:06:15 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Panamanian president, Ricardo Martinelli, has announced the launch of a new national internet project designed to bring free internet access to the country’s population in a bid to reduce the digital divide.

The first phase of the ‘Internet For All’ project will see access points installed in 500 locations across eleven of the country’s cities; Penonome, Colon, Columbus, David, Chitre, Arraijan, La Chorrera, Santiago, Sona, Pese and the capital, Panama City. The announcement comes four days after the government inked a deal with local vendor Liberty Technologies which will see the latter deploy a combination of Wi-Fi and WiMAX technologies for this free internet access. Download speeds for the connections are expected to be up to 512kbps, and a number of access centres will be set up in locations such as schools, parks and libraries. While no date has been announced for the second phase of the project, it has been revealed that it will cover cities Changuinola, Aguadulce, Meteti, Ocu and Los Santos.

Source: Telegeography

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 12:28:43 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, September 21, 2009
The number of internet users is Algeria is estimated at 4.5 million, or around 12.8 percent of the population, according to a recent survey.
Three-quarters of internet users said the net is an indispensable tool, and 90 percent said they are online daily for at least the past year. The average time spent online is two hours. Men (74.2%) use the internet more often than women (25.8%), while six out of ten internet users are below the age of 40. Two-thirds of internet users have a university-level education of at least BAC+1, while almost 70 percent are employed and 19 percent are students. Just over half are located in the centre of the country, with 29 percent in Algiers. Among the popular online activities, 82.6 percent use e-mail, 42.5 percent use instant messaging services, 33.8 percent visit discussion forums, 33 percent use internet telephony and 9.9 percent use video conferencing.
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The survey WebDialn@ was conducted on popular websites and in a mailing to 7,000 people, and collected almost 6,000 responses. The survey was conducted by web consulting group Med& Com and online polling group Ideatic.
 
Source: Telecompaper
Monday, September 21, 2009 8:09:38 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, August 06, 2009

Vodafone Spain has reportedly renewed its prepaid internet tariffs, by raising them up to 66% the volume of data transfer of its top-ups based on traffic volumes and cutting by as much as 35% the price of its top-ups based on time. Vodafone will now provide three top-ups by volume, the 250 MB Basic product for EUR 19, the 400 MB Advanced for EUR 29 and the 1 GB Premium for EUR 59, which will have a validity period of 3 months. The operator’s time-based top-ups, offering unlimited data traffic, will now be priced at EUR 19 for 7 days, EUR 29 for 15 days and EUR 49 for 30 days. Vodafone’s prepaid pack, costing EUR 49, will come with a k3565 USB modem and EUR 19 of credit.

Source: Wireless Federation

Thursday, August 06, 2009 11:07:40 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, July 22, 2009

More people now go online in China than there are people in the United States.

The country's rapid economic growth and expansion of Internet access in more areas has fueled a sharp increase in Internet users, totaling 338 million by the end of June, a government-sanctioned research group said Thursday. That is a 13.4 percent jump since the end of 2008, the China Internet Network Information Center said in a report. The latest U.S. Census Bureau's figure says the population of the U.S. is just under 307 million. China's population is more than 1.3 billion.

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Source: Cellular News

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 1:38:21 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez has invited Caribbean countries to use the country’s Simon Bolivar (Venesat-1) satellite, which entered operations in January and covers the island region, reports BNamericas. Chavez added that, in partnership with his close ally Cuba, it was his aim to implement satellite-based tele-medicine, tele-education, internet access, social services, and mobile telephony programmes covering the whole region. Science and technology minister Jesse Chacon emphasised that Venesat-1 will enable the provision of telephony, high speed internet and TV services in isolated areas in Venezuela and will also be instrumental in the implementation of tele-medicine and tele-education programmes. The minister said work had begun to connect all university branches in the country with their main campuses via the satellite, and there were plans to connect hospitals in Caracas with small medical centres in remote southern areas. Uruguay is also entitled to use Venesat-1 for research purposes.

Chacon also announced that the state is undertaking a project to deploy a free public Wi-Fi mesh network covering 50 square kilometres in the city of Barquisimeto, the Lara state capital. Hotspots would initially be used principally by students and for tracing vehicles. Chacon inaugurated one of 50 digital access centres planned for Lara this year.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 3:23:07 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, April 27, 2009

Hungary mobile operators, Pannon, T-Mobile and Vodafone have ended March with 541,866 mobile internet subscribers, up from 526,775 in February, according to market regulator NHH. Mobile subscribers sent some 840,367 GB of data in March, up from 769,427 GB in February, while average traffic per subscriber also increased to 1.83 GB. T-Mobile holds 51.68% mobile data subscribers, whereas Pannon and Vodafone recorded market shares of 24.58% and 23.74%, respectively. Considering the volume of traffic, T-mobile market share stood at 42.07%, Vodafone’s share reported as 36.18% and Panaon holds 21.75% market. According to the satistcs, in March, the largest volume of data was transferred by Vodafone subscribers (304,000 GB), while T-Mobile’s subscribers reached a total volume of 280,000 GB, and Pannon’s subscribers transmitted 183,000 GB.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Monday, April 27, 2009 10:08:50 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, March 23, 2009

According to a recent report by Yemeni telecoms company Public Telecommunication Corporation (PTC), the number of internet subscribers in the country rose to 295,215 in 2008, from 216,076 a year earlier. Of the total, dial-up users accounted for 270,773 (205,613 in 2007), while subscribers to the Super Yemen Net (ADSL) service jumped to 24,442 (10,464). The number of internet cafes across the republic rose from 925 in 2007 to 973.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, March 23, 2009 3:15:27 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, March 11, 2009

At the end of January, the three Hungarian mobile operators had 508,000 mobile internet subscribers and there were 424,000 SIM cards active in data transmission over the past three months, the first mobile internet flash report published by the National Communications Authority of Hungary (NHH) has revealed.

According to the report, at the end of December, when Pannon, T-Mobile and Vodafone had 12.224 million subscribers in all, the number of those also with mobile internet subscription totalled 494,000. The number of ADSL, cable modem and mobile internet subscriptions in Hungary together exceeded 2 million at the end of 2008. Users transmitted some 761,000 Gbytes of data in January following the data traffic of 651,000 Gbytes in December, while average traffic per subscriber also increased.

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Source: Cellular News.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 10:48:44 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Venezuelan regulator Conatel has reported that the country’s fixed lines in service reached 6.303 million at the end of 2008, translating to a teledensity of 22.6%, up from 18.5% (5.195 million lines) at end-2007. The watchdog said that mobile subscriptions stood at 27.084 million at end-December, giving a cellular penetration of 97.2%, up from 86.8% (23.820 million mobile phones) a year earlier. In the internet access sector, Conatel presented figures showing that broadband subscribers increased by 55% year-on-year in 2008 to 1.330 million, whereas the remaining number of dial-up accounts – 143,000 – hardly changed over the year.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009 8:52:58 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, January 14, 2009

China's fast-growing population of Internet users has risen to 298 million after passing the United States last year to become the world's largest, a government-sanctioned research group said Tuesday.

The latest figure is a 41.9 percent increase over the same period last year, the China Internet Network Information Center said in a report.

China's Internet penetration is still low at just 22.6 percent, leaving more room for rapid growth, according to CNNIC. The Pew Internet and American Life Project places U.S. online penetration at 71 percent.

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Source: Cellular News.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009 11:45:20 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Lithunia subscriber base has reportedly crossed the mark of 5million, grows by almost 1% on September’08 in comparison with 4.96 million on 30 June 2008, in its third quarter update. The number of fixed telephony subscribers dropped by 0.39% to 787,752 on 30 September 2008, while the number of internet subscribers grew by 6.9% to 671,976. The revenues for telecommunication services grow by 3% in comparison to the revenues in the second quarter.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009 10:53:32 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, September 05, 2008

According to new data from TeleGeography, international Internet traffic grew 53% between mid-2007 and mid-2008, down from 61% the preceding year. Traffic growth between the US and Latin America was especially fast, surging 112%. In contrast, traffic on internet backbones between major cities in the relatively more mature US market rose a modest 47%.

For the second consecutive year, total international Internet capacity grew faster than total Internet traffic, leading to lower utilisation levels on many internet backbones. Between 2007 and 2008 average traffic utilisation levels decreased from 31% to 29%, while peak utilisation fell from 44% to 43%. The aggregate trend toward lower utilisation of capacity belies significant regional differences. While utilisation on international links to Europe and Asia fell in 2008, they rose in the US & Canada and Latin American where traffic growth outpaced the deployment of new internet bandwidth.

Traffic growth has remained strong, even though the pace of broadband subscriber growth has declined. 'Broadband subscriber growth has been slowing since 2001, but the volume of traffic generated by each user grown,' said TeleGeography Director of Research Alan Mauldin. 'Traffic growth is fueled by consumer demand for video, delivered via web browsers, peer-to-peer services, or streaming protocols.'

TeleGeography's Global Internet Geography provides in-depth analysis of international and US domestic Internet backbone capacity, traffic and pricing.

To download the executive summary of TeleGeography's Global Internet Geography study, please visit:
http://www.telegeography.com/products/gig/index.php.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, September 05, 2008 12:21:28 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Maroc Telecom has reported a 10% year-on-year rise in first half consolidated group revenues to MAD14.308 billion (USD1.985 billion), thanks to the continuing growth of its domestic and foreign mobile operations. Domestic revenues in the first half of 2008 amounted to MAD12.511 billion, up 9.8%, with mobile revenues in Morocco increasing by 12.9% to MAD8.923 billion following the full commercial launch of 3.5G voice and internet services in January. Moroccan mobile customers rose 21.3% year-on-year to reach 14.2 million at the end of June 2008, up from 13.7 million in the previous year and 13.3 million at the start of the year. Mobile ARPU in the six month period fell 8.2% year-on-year to MAD98.6, whilst average outgoing usage was maintained at approximately the same level as H1 2007. Fixed line (including internet) operations in Morocco achieved six-month gross revenues of MAD4.75 billion, up by 0.5%, as the fixed line customer base reached 1.329 million, up by 0.3% compared to June 2007. A 3.9% decrease in average monthly wireline user bills was offset by revenues of data and internet services respectively increasing by 17.3% and 9.1%. The ADSL customer base reached 482,000 lines at the end of June 2008, up 10.0% y-o-y, whilst the company claimed 14,000 Mobile 3G+ wireless broadband subscribers by that date.

Mauritel, Maroc Telecom’s Mauritanian unit, earned revenues of MAD519 million in H1 2008, down 3.7%, affected by exchange rates, despite its mobile customer base growing 32.3% to exceed one million at the end of June. Mauritel’s fixed line subscriber lines increased by 27.8% to 46,000. Burkina Faso subsidiary Onatel achieved first half sales of MAD715 million, up 9.0%, as its mobile subscribers increased by 95% year-on-year to 756,000 at end-June, mainly thanks to extended network coverage. Onatel increased its fixed line customer base by 21.5% in the period to 130,000 lines. At Gabonese unit Gabon Telecom, revenues of all business activities amounted to MAD529 million in the first six months of 2008, down 18.5% on a comparable basis mainly due to substantial price cuts carried out over the last year. Users of Gabon Telecom’s Libertis mobile phone service reached 424,000 at mid-year, up 61.2% y-o-y, whilst its fixed lines in service increased by 40.9% to 31,000.

Mobisud, Maroc Telecom’s MVNO in France and Belgium, reported total six-month revenues of MAD91 million, with a total of 155,000 customers at end-June 2008, down slightly on March, due to an ‘active customer base cleaning process’ by Mobisud France during the second quarter.

In the second quarter ended June 2008, Maroc Telecom’s consolidated group turnover rose 6.5% year-on-year to MAD7.343 billion.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008 12:32:58 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, July 21, 2008

At the end of June 2008 China Telecom reported 214.89 million local access lines in service, 5.44 million lower than at the start of the year. Broadband subscribers surged by 4.3 million during the same timeframe, to 39.95 million, helped by the acquisition of Beijing Telecom in June 2008. China Netcom meanwhile added 160,000 fixed line and 710,000 broadband customers to its base, to take its totals to 108.5 million and 23.35 million respectively.

In the wireless arena, China Mobile reported 414.6 million wireless customers at the end of June, an increase of 45.25 million in six months. Rival China Unicom meanwhile reported 127.6 million GSM and 43.16 million CDMA customers at the same date, up 7.03 million and 1.2 million on the start of the year respectively.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, July 21, 2008 1:11:08 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, July 17, 2008

A new Arab Advisors Group survey of Egypt’s urban households reveals rampant broadband account sharing between neighbors. A massive 81.9% of households that use shared ADSL lines share them with more than three neighboring households. The Arab Advisors Group projects that around a million Egyptian households have access to broadband, due to the widespread practice of ADSL accounts sharing.

A new major survey, “Egypt Households Telecoms and Media Survey Report 2008” was concluded and released by the Arab Advisors Group on April 24, 2008. This survey report can be purchased from the Arab Advisors Group for US$ 4,500. Subscribers to Arab Advisors Group Strategic Research Services can order the report for US$ 3,500.

The 159-page report, which has 262 detailed exhibits, provides the results of a major comprehensive survey of the telecommunications and media usage patterns and habits of the population across the Egyptian governorates of Greater Cairo, Alexandria, Dakahlia, Gharbia, Sohaj and Minya. The survey fieldwork was conducted during March and April 2008.

63.4% of Egyptian households with an ADSL connection reported sharing the ADSL connection with neighbors. Of those, a massive 81.9% share one ADSL line with more than three neighboring households.

“According to official figures from the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Egypt had 427,085 ADSL lines by the end of 2007. The Arab Advisors Group estimates that 75% of those are residential ADSL lines.” Jawad J. Abbassi, Founder and General Manager of Arab Advisors Group noted. “Based on the survey results, the average number of households sharing one ADSL connection is 2.98. Multiplying the reported number of lines by this figure yields an estimate for households with ADSL connections in Egypt of 956,000 households by end of 2007.” Mr. Abbassi added.

Source: Arab Advisory Group.

Thursday, July 17, 2008 8:24:35 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, July 14, 2008

Vancouver-based Corinex Communication, a provider of powerline and coaxial network solutions and products, has announced that it is to lead a project to provide internet access to rural villages in India. Using Broadband over Powerline (BPL) technology ten villages have been targeted in a deal believed to be worth more than USD17 million. It is anticipated that deployment will be completed within 18 months, providing web access and VoIP services to approximately 3,000 users. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database broadband penetration in India stood at only 0.3% by the end of 2007.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, July 14, 2008 11:19:17 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, July 09, 2008

The number of fixed line broadband connections in Hungary stood at 1.437 million at the end of May, up from 1.124 million a year earlier, according to data published by the industry regulator the National Communications Authority of Hungary (NCAH). Of the total, 778,000 were ADSL subscriptions, while a further 468,000 took cable internet services from one of the four main providers UPC, T-Kabel, FiberNet and Digi. At the same date, the number of main lines in service fell by 12,000 in May to 3.198 million from 3.210 million in April, lowering the fixed line phone penetration rate to 31.8%. The NCAH does not keep a record of mobile broadband subscriptions.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008 12:35:41 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Communications market research firm Infonetics Research reports that worldwide service provider capex (capital expenditures) totaled $248.8 billion in 2007, a 7% increase from 2006. Infonetics' report projects a spike in worldwide carrier capex in 2008, followed by a plateau in 2010 and a decline in 2011, and emphasizes that the weak US dollar is inflating current growth rates in Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, India, and Japan.

 

"Our capex analysis indicates we are in the fourth year of an investment phase, and we may be reaching the plateau this year in both North America and Europe, where large service providers' capital intensity (the ratio of capex to revenue) will likely be as low as 12%. Meanwhile, China and India will drive a significant jump in carrier capex in 2008 as a result of network construction projects combined with currency appreciation against the US dollar. Both countries are still posting double-digit revenue growth in their native currencies, which, converted in US dollars creates a big spike in worldwide carrier revenue as well," said Stéphane Téral, principal analyst at Infonetics Research.

Other highlights from the report:

  • Telecom service providers earned a combined $1.5 trillion in annual worldwide revenue in 2007, up 10% from 2006, with currency appreciation making up the bulk of the growth, while the rest came from wireless services
  • Carriers are increasingly investing in application software (vs. hardware) for media rich applications such as content, storage, and security for broadband based wireline and wireless services
  • Current investment drivers for carrier spending: convergence between IT, media, Internet, and telecom, which is adding new competitive pressures to carriers, and the shift from legacy TDM to next generation IP networks
  • The world's 10 largest service providers (ranked by 2007 revenue) are AT&T, Verizon, NTT, Deutsche Telekom, France Télécom, Vodafone, Telefónica, China Mobile, BT, and Sprint
  • The next largest service providers include Telecom Italia, Comcast, and KDDI, which, according to their most recent growth rates, are poised to join the top 10
  • The incumbent share of North American carrier capex jumped from 56% to 63% in 2007; MSOs are expected to increase their share of North American carrier capex by 2011
  • The Asia Pacific telecom industry is squeezed between 2 opposite market forces: a saturated market made of Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan characterized by flat to decreasing capex, and a fast growing market driven by China and India, characterized by double digit growth for both capex and revenue
  • Caribbean and Latin America (CALA) service provider revenue jumped 29% between 2006 and 2007
  • Mobile infrastructure makes up the bulk of total equipment capex in 2007, accounting for about 20%, followed by voice infrastructure, optical equipment, and broadband aggregation equipment
  • WiMAX equipment spending by service providers as a portion of total carrier capex has roughly doubled each year since 2004, and will continue to increase its share in the near term, driven by major WiMAX projects in the US, India, and Latin America.

Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008 2:42:38 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, July 07, 2008

The global BWA/WiMAX subscriber base increased by 260,246 in the first quarter of 2008, reaching a total of 1,988,246 subscribers according to figures from Maravedis.

“Even with an increase of more than 19% in WiMAX subscribers in the first quarter of 2008, operators are still waiting for the tipping point that will lead to acceleration of WiMAX adoption and deployments,” said Adlane Fellah, CEO and founder of Maravedis. “The key factors mainly centre on certification of mobile WiMAX equipment, a reduction in CPE pricing and the emergence of a device ecosystem.”

“Many operators have held back their network expansion pending the mobile WiMAX 802.16e equipment certification, which was announced in June 2008. Mobile WiMAX is a key enabler of a wider range of value-added services and product flexibility.” added Cintia Garza, co-author of the WiMAXCounts Quarterly Report.

“Of the 264 operators tracked in WiMAXCounts, approximately 50% of them are providing HIS (High Speed Internet) services only. The remaining percentage corresponds to operators that are offering different applications, such as VoIP, Video, VPN , in addition to HIS. We expect however double/triple play to become the norm in the next two years” said Robert Syputa, Maravedis Partner and Senior Analyst.

This Quarter's Key Findings:

  • 65% of Operators are already commercial, 14% are trialing, 9% are planning their launch, 10% have idle spectrum and 2% have returned/lost spectrum.
  • Clearwire USA remains the top operator in number of subscribers, with an estimated 443,000 subscribers in the United States at the end of Q1 2008, an increase of 12.5% compared to the 394,000 subscribers reported in Q4 2007.
  • The split by subscriber type among WiMAXCounts operators was 65% residential and 35% business.
  • The 3.3–3.8 GHz band is the most widely deployed, with 63% of WiMAXCounts operators deploying their WiMAX networks in this band in Q1 2008, compared to 70% of the Operators deploying in this band during Q4 2007.
  • Q1 2008 BWA/WiMAX service revenue among WiMAXCounts operators totaled US$ 366 million, as compared to $US 303.65 million during the previous quarter, an increase of 20%.
  • Q1 2008 recorded ARPU was US$ 48 and US$ 146 for residential and business subscribers.
  • Motorola remains the leader in equipment deployed for both BWA/WiMAX CPEs

Source: Cellular Nesws.

Monday, July 07, 2008 2:55:07 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, July 02, 2008

China Telecom has revealed that it has in excess of 940,000 subscribers for its IPTV service, and expects to pass a million subscribers very soon. The service, provided in cooperation with Shanghai Media Group (SMG), has been available in Shanghai, Jiangxu, Guangdong, Zhejiang and Shaanxi since 2005 and offers broadcast and on-demand content, as well as information services. The telco recently issued a tender for the supply of 574,000 set-top boxes, including 536,000 high-definition units.

Fixed line rival China Netcom, meanwhile, offers IPTV services in six cities including Beijing, Harbin and Shenyang, with a reported 100,000 subscribers as of May 2008. It intends to expand coverage to a further ten cities by the end of this year.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008 2:42:06 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, June 26, 2008

A new report from Juniper Research says that the number of subscribers using mobile Internet services will rise from 577 million currently, to top 1.7 billion by 2013, spurred by demand for collaborative applications known collectively as 'web 2.0,' and greater 2.5/3G penetration. Putting that figure into some context, a report from Gartner earlier this week had said that the worldwide PC base would reach 2 billion by 2014 - so internet access by mobile phones will represent at around 50% of the total internet usage.

According to a new report from Juniper Research, the emergence of applications such as: Social networking; User Generated Content (UGC); Instant Messaging (IM); Location Based Services (LBS); Search calls for delivery of the mobile Internet as it was originally conceived -- i.e. an open environment in which users are able to share, collaborate and exploit content/information without any one party controlling the value chain.

This marks a fundamental shift for the industry towards the D2C (direct-to consumer) model and places growing pressure on mobile network operators (MNOs) and handset manufacturers in particular, to relinquish some of their control over the value chain, by opening up their networks/devices to third-parties.

"Major web players have already crossed the Rubicon and established themselves in the mobile domain, placing the onus on MNOs and other members of the value chain to form innovative relationships and grab a share of the new revenue streams being created," comments Ian Chard, Juniper Research Analyst and author of the report 'Mobile Web 2.0: Leveraging Location, IM, Social Web & Search 2008-2013.'

"The mobile web 2.0 market is still nascent and business models remain in a state of flux, so there is still time for players to establish fruitful partnerships that build on their strengths and are reciprocally beneficial. The window of opportunity, however, is closing."

Source: Cellular News.

3G | Convergence | Internet | Mobile | World
Thursday, June 26, 2008 3:24:58 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, June 25, 2008

According to a report from The Syria Report Newsletter, Syria’s state owned national monopoly fixed line and internet operator Syrian Telecommunications Establishment (STE) has awarded China’s Huawei Technologies a EUR877,000 (USD1.36 million) contract to install 33,000 new ADSL lines in the country. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database writes that STE offers dial-up and ADSL broadband access through two wholly owned ISPs, 190 and Syrian Computer Society (SCS). There were an estimated 16,500 broadband subscribers by end-2007 (latest available figure) and around 300,000 dial-up subscribers.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008 9:18:05 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, June 23, 2008

Government statistics bureau Indec has published data showing that residential broadband connections in Argentina numbered 2.23 million at the end of March, up 43.9% year-on-year. Meanwhile, corporate high speed internet connections rose 22.1% to 208,652, giving a total broadband subscriber base of 2.31 million. According to TeleGeography's GlobalComms database, Telecom Argentina is the largest company by subscribers, claiming just over 30% of the market, ahead of second place Telefonica with 25%.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, June 23, 2008 4:21:14 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, June 13, 2008

Ireland’s independent telecoms regulator the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) has outlined new proposals designed to expand the definition of wholesale unbundled access to take on board fibre-based networks and not just the DSL platforms currently covered. Siliconrepublic.com says that the move is seen as a means of driving broadband uptake in the Republic by encouraging alternative operators to expand their local loop unbundling (LLU) footprints. In a consultation document published yesterday, ComReg concludes that former monopoly operator eircom controls 70% of all xDSL connections in the country and that furthermore, DSL technology accounts for 60% of all broadband connectivity in the country. As a result, ComReg contends that only eircom has significant market power (SMP) in the broadband segment and that it now intends to expand wholesale broadband access to include not just DSL, but all forms of local access technology, including fibre and any next generation networks (NGNs), the incumbent may look to deploy. In addition, ComReg is looking at new measures that would require eircom to provide alternative operators with at least five years notice if it decided to close down a local exchange in which they had co-located equipment.

The regulator’s plans have been broadly welcomed by smaller operators with Smart Telecom’s manager of regulatory affairs, John Quinn, saying the decision to create a ‘technology neutral environment’ would encourage alternative operators to invest in new networks. ‘This will put Ireland in line with other European countries and means that the access network is not just copper but future fibre networks,’ he said. Smart now intends to invest more heavily in its LLU programme which currently involves 37 exchanges across Ireland, covering around half a million potential subscribers.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, June 13, 2008 1:47:55 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, June 12, 2008

Swedes are increasingly placing calls, surfing and sending text messages, which led to sharply increased traffic and increased revenues for mobile network operators in 2007. For the first time, total revenues from services in mobile networks exceed revenues from fixed telephony according to a report from the telecoms regulator, the National Post and Telecom Agency (PTS).

In December 2007, nearly half a million customers used mobile Internet services, a sharp increase from just over 90,000 subscriptions one year earlier. Data traffic in mobile networks has increased tenfold since 2006. Mobile users placed more, and longer, calls in 2007 and sent an average of 40 text messages per month. Revenues from mobile services totalled SEK 19.7 billion in 2007, which is an increase of some 12 per cent since 2006. Mobile Internet services, by means of USB sticks or USB modems, account for more than SEK 1 billion of such revenues.

“We take mobile telephony for granted. We are used to placing calls whenever and almost wherever we want. 2007 was the year when even broadband users could seriously consider mobile Internet services when choosing a provider,” says Marianne Treschow, Director-General of PTS.

There were nearly 2.8 million subscriptions for fixed or mobile broadband at the end of 2007, which corresponds to 62 subscriptions per 100 households. Broadband services grew by more than 30 per cent in 2007.

The content service growing the fastest in fixed broadband networks is IPTV, for which there were 355 000 subscriptions at the end of 2007, compared with 50 000 subscriptions the year before. Subscriptions for IP-based telephony in broadband networks rose by more than 50 per cent to 623 000 subscriptions.

Source: Cellular News.

Thursday, June 12, 2008 3:07:45 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, May 02, 2008

Under a new 15-year agreement, Telefonica International Wholesale Services (TIWS) will provide Ecuador's government with 200Mbps of internet capacity to be used for educational and social projects across the country, reports BNamericas. The country's telecommunications development fund Fodetel will be in charge of the execution of the projects, and telecoms agency Senatel said it expects the social programmes will benefit approximately a million people. Last year, TIWS linked Ecuador to its 10Gbps SAM-1 international submarine cable.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, May 02, 2008 3:35:29 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Vodafone UK has revamped its mobile internet tariffs and henceforth, contract customers will no longer need to buy an additional internet bundle for £7.50 but instead every plan will automatically include internet access. Customers will get up to 500MB of data traffic per month included with their existing tariffs.

Price plans start at £25 and customers who select a £40 or higher price plan will also for the first time have the choice of unlimited texts, unlimited landline calls or unlimited Vodafone to Vodafone calls.

Click here to see full article

Source: Cellular News.

Friday, May 02, 2008 3:33:00 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, April 01, 2008

New market data released by ABI Research shows that about 440 million Wi-Fi chipsets will be shipped over the course of 2008. This represents a tenfold increase over the number shipped in 2003; but over the same five-year period, the revenues they produced have multiplied by only five.

Click here to see full article

The growth areas for this market in coming years will be found where Wi-Fi chips are embedded in more and more device types. Wi-Fi IC vendors should tailor their strategies accordingly. Consumer electronics (home theater equipment, gaming devices, portable media players), mobile handsets and computer peripherals will all see increased rates of Wi-Fi penetration. "While CE products will initially see more Wi-Fi inclusion," Solis continues, "we expect that by 2011 they will be overtaken by mobile handsets. Mobile Internet devices (MIDs) will become increasingly significant as well."

Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008 8:50:14 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, March 31, 2008

South Africa has surpassed the 1 Million broadband subscriber mark. South Africa now has more than 1 Million broadband connections, made up mainly of ADSL and HSDPA subscribers.

Telkom currently has in the region of 415 000 ADSL subscribers, and previously indicated that it is on track to hit their 420 000 target by the end of March. Vodacom has 360 000 3G/HSDPA data card users while MTN recently announced that they now have 120 000 3G/HSDPA data card users on their South African network. This brings the total number of ADSL and HSDPA subscribers to 895 000.

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Source: Balancing Act.

Monday, March 31, 2008 3:37:58 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, March 28, 2008

VietNamNet Bridge has reported that ADSL penetration is not what it could be in Vietnam. ADSL first appeared in the country in 2004 and subscriptions grew 150% in both 2006 and 2007, but the percentage of ADSL users is still low. By September 2007 there were 4.9 million internet subscribers and around 17.5 million internet users, accounting for nearly 21% of the population, according to the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC). ADSL subscribers accounted for 21% of the total or around 1.04 million. Some 65% of them were in Hanoi and HCM City. ADSL charges in Vietnam are reported to be at similar level to other countries in Southeast Asia, but service quality is still lacking, with lower than promised speeds and unstable connections beyond Hanoi and HCM City.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, March 28, 2008 11:04:53 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The European Commission hopes to lift average broadband penetration in the European Union to 30% by 2010, up from around 20% today, in a bid to stimulate economic growth. The EC’s Information Society Commissioner Viviane Reding said yesterday that only eight of the bloc's 27 member states were currently beating the US in terms of broadband usage, while the average penetration rate lagged behind the 22.1% figure reported in the United States. Although a number of nations, such as Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands and Sweden have rates closer to 30%, Reding wants to see a significant improvement across the board within the next two years. The Commissioner believes that her new telecoms reforms, currently before the European Parliament and EU states for approval, will help the trading bloc reach this 30% target. Reding hopes the reform bill will be adopted by April 2009 ahead of planned European elections in June.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008 4:41:46 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Research firm, IDC says that the telecommunications data services market in emerging Asian countries (defined as Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Vietnam) is projected to collectively grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 36% from 2007-2011. The data segment, which includes mobile data services, fixed line corporate data and Internet access services, grew strongly at 258% year-on-year in 2006, reaching US$952 million.

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The mobile data segment from the four countries is anticipated to escalate at 41% CAGR from 2007-2011, driven by expected growth in SMS usage. As more high-speed networks become available, other data revenue, apart from SMS, will rise in significance in the coming years.

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Source: Cellular News.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008 4:37:01 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, March 20, 2008

The Netherlands was home to 2.53 million consumer VoIP subscribers at the end of 2007, up 7.3% on the previous quarter, reports telecompaper. The online portal says the rise was driven by increased take-up of DSL VoIP and continued demand for cable VoIP alternatives. The total Dutch consumer telephony market stood at 5.69 million connections by the start of this year, up 22,000 lines year-on-year, despite a 27.5% drop in traditional PSTN/ISDN lines to 2.847 million by the end of last year. Telecompaper estimates KPN’s share of the digital telephony market climbed to 33.5% by 31 December 2007, thanks to the launch of DSL and voice telephony services under the Telfort banner – which is targeting the entry-level user segment. In Q4 2007 the former monopoly added 61,000 new customers (up 7.8% on Q3 2007), while second-placed IP telephony provider Zesko (@Home, Casema and Multikabel) recorded 54,000 net new additions in the fourth quarter to end the year with 710,000 VoIP users. UPC Nederland was the third largest VoIP provider by subscribers with 489,200 customers.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, March 20, 2008 10:12:12 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Boris Piedra, general manager of Etapa Telecom, has told BNamericas that his company forecasts revenues of USD3.3 million in 2008 and more than USD4 million in 2009, up from the USD2.5 million level recorded in 2007. Etapa Telecom has recently inked an agreement with Huawei for the deployment of a next generation network (NGN). Piedra said that the company's nationwide expansion programme requires a total investment of USD20 million. According to BNamericas, in the voice segment Etapa Telecom currently provides fixed services via rented infrastructure to approximately 1,000 subscribers in Cuenca and Guayaquil. Piedra stated that the company is targeting 5,000 voice telephony subscribers by the end of 2008 and 15,000 clients by end-2009. Etapa Telecom is fully controlled by Cuenca's municipally owned multi-utility Etapa.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, March 20, 2008 10:07:03 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, March 18, 2008

China has surged past the United States in its total number of Internet users, knocking America off the Number One pole position it's held for nearly 40 years.

According to a new report released by Chinese research house BDA, because of the disparate size of the two countries' populations, the United States is unlikely to ever catch up.

China's online population passed 228 million as of the end of last month, BDA estimates; to come up with that number, BDA cites figures from the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) saying that, at the end of last year, there were 210 million Chinese Internet users. That represents an increase of 73 million (53.3 percent) compared with usage at the end of 2006. In comparison, BDA points to Nielsen/NetRatings estimates that put the U.S. Internet population at 216 million at the end of 2007 and growing at a far slower pace.

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Source: TelecomWeb.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008 4:23:10 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, March 13, 2008

Ecuador’s total number of internet users increased by 22.5% in 2007 to end the year at 1.01 million, including 318,973 broadband and 689,436 dial-up users, according to data from the country’s telecoms supervisory body Suptel, quoted by BNamericas. In terms of actual subscribers, Suptel previously reported that there were 85,946 broadband and 224,999 dial-up customers at the end of September 2007, a total of 310,945 paid subscriptions. According to TeleGeography's GlobalComms database, the country's broadband penetration at the end of September was 0.6%, rising to an estimated 0.7% at end-2007. GlobalComms shows that Ecuador’s broadband subscriber market is led by the TVCable group, which includes Suratel and Setel, with 44,029 connections by end-September, using various technologies including cable, DSL, WiMAX and fibre/LAN. The second-placed high speed ISP is Andinatel, the country’s largest wireline telco, which operates a DSL network in Quito and surrounding areas, with 16,054 subscribers at the same date.

Suptel also reported that the country’s fixed lines in service grew by 3.4% in 2007 to 1.83 million, whilst it said there were 9.85 million mobile phone subscribers at the end of December, up by 16.2% from end-2006.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, March 13, 2008 3:12:21 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

In 2004, there were only 520 square miles of networked municipal Wi-Fi. However, ABI Research forecasts a nearly sixty-fold increase over the next several years, to more than 30,000 square miles. Varying levels of maturity and acceptance exist within this market, spread across global regions and individual countries. The following is a snapshot of some major variations, according to recent analysis from ABI Research:

  • North America: Leads in deployments; but in many cases, the region employs the wrong business plan of free consumer access and free infrastructure; consolidating incumbent service providers view municipal Wi-Fi as a competitive threat.
  • Europe: Mobile-oriented rather than PC-oriented; incumbents initially resisted municipal Wi-Fi but now recognize in-building limitations and are incorporating it within service bundles for nomadic broadband Internet access, or as a way to compete out-of-region.
  • Asia-Pacific: Status varies widely, but rapid uptake in advanced countries such as South Korea is resulting in innovative applications and the development of new end-user devices to leverage municipal Wi-Fi.
  • Emerging Regions: Equipment costs remains prohibitive; there is interest in the technology, but compared with more basic services such as electricity, funding is a challenge; these regions are likely to be late adopters.
Click here to see full article

Source: Newsletter Analyst Insider from ABI Research.

Thursday, March 13, 2008 10:27:17 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, March 06, 2008

Safaricom has completed a test run for an HSDPA service that it says will enable subscribers access the Internet faster. HSDPA will be used to deliver the service that will include mobile video conferencing and video phone.
To get connected to the service a subscriber will require a special 3G enabled SIM card plugged into a computer modem. Safaricom chief executive officer, Michael Joseph, said the service would increase access to high speed Internet in the country.

Initially, subscribers will be able to access their data at a speed of 3.6 megabytes per second but this, he said, will be upgraded to 7.2 megabytes per second. Dubbed 'Bambanet,' the service will be available on both prepaid and post paid basis.Through the post-paid system, a subscriber will have to pay Sh5,999 for the modem and a special 3G SIM card, and sign a contract of two years. There will also be a monthly access fee of Sh1, 999 for 700 megabytes and a subscriber will pay a charge of Sh12.60 per megabyte.

On the prepaid mode, a subscriber will have to pay Sh12,500 for the 700 megabytes, receive free 700 megabytes for not more than a month, and pay Sh12.60. The costs could reduce when the company starts using fibre optic. Safaricom has spent US$20 million to roll out the service. So far it has built 75 third generation sites within Nairobi. The company intends to roll out the service first in Nairobi, followed by Mombasa by April then Kisumu.
(Source: Business Daily)

Source: Balancing Act.

Thursday, March 06, 2008 2:07:05 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The OECD published a paper reviewing available official statistics on trust and security in the online environment. It discusses whether security concerns are an obstacle to Internet use and examines how people and companies protect their equipment and networks. Download the report from OECD webiste (pdf).

Source: OECD.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008 9:47:11 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, December 20, 2007

The number of broadband accesses in Brazil grew 8.3 percent in the third quarter of this year, with 544,000 new connections sold in the period, according to the Cisco Broadband Barometer. The total number of users reached 7.1 million. Residential access accounts for 86.3 percent of installed connections. The corporate market grew at a slower pace, just 2.4 percent in comparison to the second quarter. Broadband access speeds between 1 Mbps and 2 Mbps suffered a 30 percent drop in prices, while the drop was only 4.1 percent for speeds above 2 Mbps. The state of Sao Paulo is the biggest consumer of broadband, with 40.1 percent of total connections in Brazil. In national terms, broadband penetration is only 3.8 percent, with most accesses (75 percent) of the xDSL type.

Source: Wireless Federation based on Cisco Broadband Barometer.

Thursday, December 20, 2007 10:41:05 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The number of mobile subscribers in Senegal reached 3.434 million at the end of September, up from 3.320 million in June and 2.641 million a year earlier. According to the figures from market regulator ARTP, mobile penetration reached 32.46 percent and 99 percent of mobile customers were prepaid users. Orange is market leader with 2.443 million customers, up from 2.401 million in June, while Sentel, part of the Millicom group, increased its base to 991,631 in September from 918,830 in June. On the internet market, just 0.33 percent of the population or almost 35,000 people were registered users. Of the total, 96 percent used ADSL. Fixed-line penetration meanwhile was at 2.63 percent, or 278,119 lines, and has been falling for the past six months.

Source: Wireless Federation, based on figures of ARTP.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007 11:41:03 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, December 13, 2007

ALGIERS (AFP)--Algeria has 25 million mobile phone subscribers, compared with just 54,000 seven years ago, the minister for the post and telecommunication services said Monday.

The penetration rate has now reached 75% of the population, according to a tally compiled at the end of September by industry-sector firms. In 2000, before the liberalization of the state monopoly in the telecommunications sector, the figure stood at 0.26%.

The blossoming of the industry is a result of fierce competition between the three operators in the country, which spent $47 million promoting their products, according to the minister, Boudjemaa Hiachour.

Those three competing operators are Mobilis, subsidiary of the former state operator Algeria-Telecom; Djezzy, subsidiary of the Egyptian conglomerate Orascom; and Nedjma, subsidiary of the Kuwaiti firm Watanya.

Djezzy claims more than 12 million network subscribers, with Nedjma on around four million. Mobilis currently has 9.5 million users, its commercial and marketing director, Lounis Belharath, told AFP.

Meanwhile, according to Hiachour, Algeria now has around three million fixed-line telephone subscribers, compared with 1.6 million in 2000.

By the end of September nearly 120,000 Algerians had high-speed Internet connections, with a total of four million being connected to the Web.

Source : Cellular News, based on the statement of Algerian Government.

Thursday, December 13, 2007 7:34:16 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |