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Philip Hunter has 25 articles published.

Fixed Mobile Convergence Expected to be Completed by 2015

LONDON, October 18, 2010 - Convergence between fixed and mobile broadband services will be virtually complete by 2015, unified by standards originally developed for multi-room television in the home, according to analyst group IMS Research in its report :Convergence in the World Home Entertainment Market." The researchers predict that mobile soon will overtake fixed broadband connectivity, with over 3 billion wireless connected devices in the world by 2015. Keep Reading

U.K. Regulator Ofcom Moves to Allay Broadband Dissatisfaction

LONDON, August 10, 2010 – U.K. regulator Ofcom has stepped up its efforts to close the gap between headline speeds advertised by the country’s internet service providers and real performance delivered. A new survey from ISPreview, an independent online source of broadband service information, revealed that dissatisfaction among U.K. subscribers is rising despite improvements in performance. Keep Reading

UAE BlackBerry Ban Highlights State Threat to Broadband Freedom

LONDON, August 4, 2010 - The plan announced this week by the United Arab Emirates to ban use of BlackBerry Messenger, e-mail and web browsing services by Oct. 11 unless the company allows it to access the encrypted messages on demand has drawn universal condemnation from freedom and privacy groups, but more a muted governmental response. Keep Reading

U.K. Residents Support Priority Superfast Broadband Rollout to Rural Areas

LONDON, July 13, 2010 - The United Kingdom government is under pressure to increase funding for deployment of superfast broadband in rural areas following several public surveys confirming widespread support for positive discrimination in favor of the country’s remote communities. The “outside-in” approach of starting with rural areas first is supported by 62% of the population, according to the latest survey of 453 respondents by ISPreview.co.uk, an independent site dedicated to information about broadband services and providers. Furthermore 44% of all respondents wanted to go straight for fibre optic deployment in rural areas in a single hit, while only 20% agreed with the U.K. government’s plan to provide universal access at a basic rate of 2 Mbps first, with the aim of completing this by 2012. Keep Reading

BBC Paints a Pretty Canvas, but Will People Buy It?

LONDON, July 9, 2010 - Project Canvas, a bold attempt to make the Internet a major medium for TV distribution, is gathering steam in the United Kingdom, led by terrestrial broadcasters BBC and ITV, along with major telecommunication companies including the largest national carrier BT. The service, which will be launched under a new brand, possibly “YouView,” in early 2011, will allow U.K. consumers to watch broadcast programs including BBC channels as well as its iPlayer catch-up service, from their televisions via the Internet. Keep Reading

Broadband May Meet Its Match During World Cup

LONDON, June 7, 2010 - Several factors are conspiring to make the 2010 football World Cup a testing time for Europe’s fixed and mobile broadband networks. The soccer tournament kicks off June 11 in South Africa. Europe has six of the world’s top eight footballing nations competing, and fanatical populations are desperate to keep up from office computers, mobile devices, home televisions or at a public venue for large-screen viewing. Keep Reading

Blockbuster Movies May Boost Emerging 3-D Services

LONDON, March 31, 2010 - The runaway success of the digitally dazzling movies Avatar and Alice in Wonderland has boosted hopes among satellite and cable television operators that their emerging 3-D services will gain significant traction despite the high cost for the TV set and goggles. However, more 3-D means greater use of already scarce broadband. Keep Reading

Content Distribution Networks Are One Solution to Bandwidth Crunch

The unprecedented success of smart mobile devices like the iPhone has brought on the bandwidth crunch for mobile broadband services sooner than expected. Communications policymakers, regulators, businesses and others are looking at various remedies to alleviate the problem, including Content Distribution Networks. CDNs distribute popular video and other material to servers located closer to the… Keep Reading

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