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Monday, July 24, 2017

SNL: Former BT CTO: 5G not 'as transformative as people like to think'

SNL: Q&A: Former BT CTO: 5G not 'as transformative as people like to think': "The reality is, I don't think 5G is quite as transformative as people like to think. For operators to make a success of 5G, they will need 10 times more towers than they've already got — and this will be a stretch.

Less than 5% of all internet and digital connection is through 3G and 4G. Meanwhile, approximately 55% of all digital connections on mobile devices use Wi-Fi and the rest are on fixed line.

Will 5G change that? I think it is very unlikely.

Will 5G be a big player in the internet of things? Again, very unlikely. It is interesting that all of the mobile companies will offer me Wi-Fi access to their networks in order to encourage me not to use their 4G because they do not have the capacity. So there are a number of impediments." 'via Blog this'

Friday, July 21, 2017

Verizon admits to throttling video in apparent violation of net neutrality - The Verge

Verizon admits to throttling video in apparent violation of net neutrality - The Verge: "Yesterday, we reported that Verizon Wireless appeared to be throttling Netflix traffic, — and today, the company seems to have come clean. In a statement provided to Ars Technica and The Verge, Verizon implicitly admitted to capping the traffic, blaming the issue on a temporary video optimization test.

 “We've been doing network testing over the past few days to optimize the performance of video applications on our network," a Verizon Wireless spokesperson said. “The testing should be completed shortly. The customer video experience was not affected.”" 'via Blog this'

Friday, July 07, 2017

UK mobile carrier copies T-Mobile's Binge On scheme, nearly down to the name - The Verge

UK mobile carrier copies T-Mobile's Binge On scheme, nearly down to the name - The Verge: "A spokesperson from Three responded to The Verge about whether the new policy violates EU net neutrality and its competitiveness guideline:

 “No, we are compliant with regulation. Neither the EU net neutrality regulations nor the Berec guidelines prohibit the zero rating of services. Go Binge does not block content and it does not prioritise or restrict traffic. We are promoting customer choice: customers can opt out of the service if they choose to do so. We are not compelling consumers to participate and we are not charging them anything if they do so. This is an innovative product which adds to a number of zero-rated agreements in place across the industry.”

Virgin Mobile launched a similar program last year in which it zero-rates Facebook apps, like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger." 'via Blog this'