internet

What were we Googling in 2017?

Perhaps the best way of figuring out what the biggest of fads of 2017 were is to ask the world’s most popular internet search engine what people were typing.

Consolidation is coming in the European telco space – Orange

While consolidation has been king in the world of the internet and the communications networking vendor market, the same trends have not been seen to date in the telecom operator space. Not for long according to Orange’s Deputy CEO Gervais Pellissier.

ICANN rabble-rousers reveal their ignorance

Paranoid conspiracy-theory types in the States are freaking out again. This time they’re scared they won’t be able to “control the internet” anymore – specifically the domain name system.

Back tax contagion as Indonesia stalks Google

Inspired by the European Commission the Indonesian government has set its sights on Google, with the internet giant possibly facing a bill of $400 million in back taxes for 2015 alone.

Cisco says global IP traffic will double in 5 years

The headline forecast from US networking giant Cisco’s annual Visual Networking Index is that global IP traffic will increase from 72.4 exabytes per month in 2015 to 168 exabytes per month in 2019 – more than double.

China set to spend billions on national communications network

China’s central planning authority – the State Council – has unveiled a major new drive to strengthen the country’s position in manufacturing entitled ‘Made in China 2025′, which will include major state investment in communications infrastructure.

Apple web-TV service rumoured to launch in autumn

Apple appears set to vie for control of living room entertainment, with rumours circulating from the Wall Street Journal, suggesting talks are ongoing between the consumer tech giant and several US broadcasters over the launch of a web-TV service which could land as early as September.

Almost one in three UK broadband connections superfast – Ofcom

According to research by Ofcom, almost one in three (32%) broadband connections in the UK are superfast, up from approximately one in four in November 2013. The regulator said increasing take-up of superfast, 30Mbps or above, cable and fibre services has increased the country’s average broadband speed by a fifth in the last six months to 22.8Mbps.

Swiss telcos form net neutrality agreement

The four leading Swiss service providers, as well as the country’s cable operator association Swisscable, have joined forces to formulate an official code of conduct on net neutrality. Swisscom, Sunrise, UPC Cablecom and Orange, as well as Swisscable, are working to keep the internet open in Switzerland, according to an official statement from Swisscom.

Half of world’s population on mobile web by 2020 – report

Half of the world’s population (3.8 billion people) will be connected to mobile internet by 2020, according to a report published by the international mobile operator association GSMA. The report, which focuses on digital inclusion and efforts made to connect ‘offline’ populations, said mobile web users in developing countries will double from 1.5 billion in 2013 to 3 billion in the next five years.

Alcatel-Lucent, Internet Society develop internet exchange for SE Asia

The Internet Society and Alcatel-Lucent have agreed to provide support and equipment for the development of the Bangkok Internet Exchange Point (BKNIX). The project will utilise the Internet Society’s Interconnection and Traffic Exchange (ITE) programme and is intended to deliver a stronger and more robust Internet infrastructure for South East Asia.

Google balloon-based connectivity project takes to skies

Google is embarking on an ambitious project to provide wireless internet connectivity to hard to reach or extremely rural areas using hot air balloons. The firm said the project is aimed to get bring fast and affordable internet to those for whom it is out of reach.

Europe dominates fast broadband survey

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.

Google working on a faster internet

Google is working with Open DNS and five other firms on an initiative aimed to speed up the internet. The Global Internet Speedup is a collaborative effort aimed to make online tools and web pages run faster, achieved through cooperation between recursive domain name server (DNS) services and content delivery networks (CDNs).

Costa Rica targets universal broadband access

Costa Rica’s government has introduced its new National Broadband Strategy, which aims to provide broadband services to even the most remote areas of the country, thereby boosting productivity, innovation and ultimately the economy

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