Limitations around infrastructure, as well as low connection speeds and high cost of services, are hampering connectivity in rural areas in Brazil, according to a new study.The report released this week by the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee (CGI.br) looked at the state of connectivity in the country's schools in 2018 and found that only 34 percent of institutions located in rural areas have at least one computer equipped with Internet access.However, connections of rural schools are around 2Mbps, rendering them nearly useless for classroom use. The situation is not that different in urban areas, where only 11 percent of schools have connections above 11Mbps. Read this 100Mbps broadband and easier fibre rollouts: Norway's new coalition sets out its IT priorities A policy statement from Norway's incoming coalition plans to tackle broadband, infrastructure, telehealth and more. Read More Problems faced by Brazilian schools located away from large urban centers is the lack … [Read more...] about Brazilian rural schools suffer from lack of connectivity
Net Neutrality: What is it and why should you care? In the effort to maintain an open internet, some think we need more government intervention while others trust the free market to keep the big telecoms in check. Featured Windows 10: Has Microsoft cleaned up its update mess? (Spoiler: no) 'Dumb' robot ants are alarmingly smart (and strong) working together Raspberry Pi 4 and Raspbian Buster: Hands-On Java and Python in demand as skills shortage widens Sprint says hackers breached customer accounts via Samsung website "I read it on Google," I've heard people say about news articles they discovered on their smartphones that proposed some new and intriguing fact -- something about the polar ice caps, maybe, how they're melting or freezing over again or exploding, whatever ice caps do nowadays. Never mind that their publishers may have been The New York Times or CBS News or Russia Today or even The Onion. It was a topic they either found by querying Google, or that they … [Read more...] about Does net neutrality still matter in our post-web world?
The European Commission (EC) has fined Qualcomm €242 million for abusing its market dominance in 3G baseband chipsets - 1.27% of the US chipmaker's turnover last year.The EC said that the chip maker sold products to Huawei and ZTE at below cost, with the aim of forcing its competitor Icera out of the market - illegal under European Union antitrust rules.Margrethe Vestager, the commissioner in charge of competition policy said that baseband chipsets are key components for mobile devices to connect to the internet. "Qualcomm sold these products at a price below cost to key customers with the intention of eliminating a competitor. "Qualcomm's strategic behaviour prevented competition and innovation in this market, and limited the choice available to consumers in a sector with a huge demand and potential for innovative technologies," she said.Baseband chipsets allow smartphones and tablets to connect to cellular networks and are used both for voice and data transmission. The EC said … [Read more...] about US chipmaker Qualcomm fined €242 million by Europe
New Zealand telco wholesaler Chorus has disclosed that of its almost 1.2 million broadband connections, 600,000 use fibre GPON connections. The remaining half of the Shaky Isles is split between 270,000 VDSL connections and 327,000 ADSL connections. Chorus said in an update to the ASX that as of June 30, it had 58,000 customers on 1Gbps connections, which it wholesales for NZ$60 per month. A recent New Zealand Commerce Commission report found 1Gbps Fibre Max speeds in the country delivered 550Mbps in off-peak times, and 525Mbps in peak times. For these plans, the numbers translate to 62% off-peak and 58% peak advertised speeds. "A major contributor to the relative underperformance of the Fibre Max services during peak hours is the interconnection issue," the report said. "Excluding the results of the one RSP with the interconnection issue, would only see Fibre Max reach 72.3% peak hours." Broken out by market share for fibre users on Wednesday, Chorus said 1Gbps … [Read more...] about Chorus has over 50% of NZ broadband on fibre
The National Broadband Network (NBN) has conducted a DOCSIS 3.1 test on a customer's hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC) line at Templestowe, Victoria that has clocked in at 994Mbps. The trial made use of more spectrum than most HFC lines do currently, thanks to a better bandpass filter that the company responsible for deploying NBN across Australia will deploy. Otherwise, the node used still had Foxtel and Telstra using spectrum for their pay TV and broadband products, respectively. NBN said the premises used was a "regular private residence" with a standard connection, although it conducted the test on the network layer it controls -- layer 2 -- thus bypassing any ISP systems. "This is an important day for NBN. It shows how a specific technology -- HFC -- is evolving to meet customer demand for greater capacity from their broadband connection over time," NBN chief technology officer Ray Owen said. "As we work to complete our network rollout, we're constantly looking at what's over the horizon … [Read more...] about NBN HFC field test hits 994Mbps download speeds