Countries in Europe enjoy the fastest average broadband connectivity globally, according to a report from global content delivery network Akamai. Details of the report, which is scheduled to appear later this week and revealed by GigaOm, defines a high-speed broadband connection as one that connected to the Akamai network in excess of 5Mbps.
The amount of traffic generated in the US by BitTorrent, the file sharing internet protocol , has dropped significantly, according to a report from policy control company Sandvine.
Over the past six months BitTorrent accounted for 9.2 per cent of peak-period traffic, down from 11.3 per cent in 2012 and 17.2 per cent in 2011, the report said. Sandvine attributes the drop in the usage of the file sharing protocol to the increasing availability of subscriber-based, paid-for, on-demand content from applications such as Netflix. Indeed, online video service Netflix maintained a 29 per cent peak-period traffic share in the US, ahead of YouTube, which climbs to 15.4 per cent compared to 13.8 per cent in 2012.
The UK government is taking the wrong approach to delivering broadband across the UK, according to a report from a House of Lords committee. The report from the Select Committee on Communications claims that the governments current approach favours speed over coverage, and runs the risk that large parts of the UK run the will be left with inadequate connectivity.
The Global mobile Suppliers Association has announced that it has updated its Evolution to LTE report and that there are now 218 operators investing in LTE worldwide, with 91 commercial roll-outs expected by 2012. This number consists of 166 firm commercial deployments either in progress or planned across 62 countries and 52 operators in 19 countries that are engaged in trials.
According to research company In-Stat, there will be 150m active LTE users worldwide by 2014, driven in the main by strong demand from the US market. While current Informa World Cellular Information Service (WCIS) statistics indicate just over 1.2m active LTE subscribers worldwide, the In-Stat report forecasts that there will be eight million by the end of the year.
The Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) has said in an update to its Evolution to LTE reports that since June 2010 98 additional countries have invested in LTE, bringing the total to 208. In terms of hard deployments, either existing or planned, the numbers have gone up by 32, taking it to 154 across 60 countries.