Times of India — NEW DELHI: Fitch Ratings has slashed the telecom sector’s outlook to ‘negative’ from ‘stable’ for 2016 and said the impending entry of Reliance Jio will increase the competition and pressurise credit profiles of top-four telcos. The agency expects data tariffs to fall by at least 15-20% as incumbents compete on price with Jio, which is likely to offer cheaper tariffs to build market share and voice average revenue per user (ARPU) will decline on lower usage as rising data usage will cannibalise voice.
ZDNet — Fueled by increasing broadband adoption and access speeds, Internet of Things (IoT) will churn more than 20 zettabytes, or 20 trillion gigabytes, of data by 2025. Growing multi-device ownership also has been identified as a key driver of IoT and cloud adoption, according to research from Seagate Technology. The storage vendor said broadband speeds in the Asia-Pacific region were projected to be the fastest worldwide, quadrupling to 87Mbps in 10 years. Across the globe, broadband access speeds would average at 72Mbps.
Global mobile data traffic is set to reach 52 million terabytes (TB) in 2015, an increase of 59% from 2014, according to Gartner. The rapid growth is set to continue through 2018, when mobile data levels are estimated to reach 173 million TB. Gartner analysts advise communication service providers (CSPs) to rethink their data caps to meet consumer needs and win market share.
Nation Multimedia — That’s equal to 952,320KB or 952 megabytes that’s taken up in the network by simply looking up someone’s Facebook profile or clicking on a photo. This is how social networking sites – like Facebook and Twitter – are eating up traffic in companies’ networks. According to Steve Chappell, chief operating officer of Wedge Networks, 60 per cent of the traffic in an average company’s network will be Facebook. “It is actually consuming the companies’ networks,” he said at a recent conference among Asia-Pacific service providers held by NetEvents in Singapore.
Digital News Asia — ASIA continued to surge ahead in average Internet connection speeds, with South Korea leading the pack, according to the State of the Internet Report for the first quarter (Q1) of 2015 by web technology company Akamai. South Korea extended its lead despite a decline of 5.9% in the adoption of 25Mbps connections compared with Q1 2014, the company said in a statement.
IT News — iiNet is now “over the hump” of the capacity issues it faced with the introduction of Netflix, with further network improvements to fix remaining issues to be rolled out over the next two months, according to chief technical officer Mark Dioguardi. Dioguardi cited Netflix’s Australian ISP speed index figures as an example how much progress iiNet has made in resolving its capacity issues, especially given the company offers its customers unmetered use of the streaming video service.
The federal government is likely to face opposition over its proposal to increase the thickness of overhead cables erected as part of the national broadband network “to the size of your wrist” without requiring local or state planning approvals. Under schedule three of the Telecommunications Act and related regulations, carriers currently have limited immunity from local, state and territory planning and environmental laws when installing overhead cables with a diameter of 30mm or less.
NEW DELHI: Huge outgo in spectrum auction by telecom operators will increase rates for mobile calls and other services in the long term, although it may not have any immediate impact on tariffs, industry body COAI said. “Not immediate, its going to take about nine months to a year before you begin to start seeing the impact in terms of the implementation, roll out, investment in new equipment, all of these things have to happen,” COAI director general Rajan S Mathews told PTI when asked about the impact of spectrum auction on tariffs.
BANGALORE, INDIA: Myntra shared that 90 perecent of its traffic is being generated through mobile devices. Close to 85 percent of this traffic is driven by Android, iOS and Windows platforms. Interestingly, over 50 percent of the mobile traffic is coming from Tier II & III cities. After China, India ranks second in consumers accessing the internet for online shopping through mobile devices, according to a recent study.
Home is where the heart is: that’s an idiom that rings as true in China as it does anywhere, and it’s the reason why millions and millions of urban Chinese trek their way out into the countryside each Spring Festival to visit their parents. But for many Chinese, home isn’t where the wifi is. And that means increased use of mobile data. In fact, according to China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), in the week since the lunar new year began Chinese have consumed more than 49.3 million gigabytes of mobile data.
MOBILE data traffic in the Asia Pacific region, excluding China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand, is projected to experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 69% from 2014 and increase by 14-fold by 2019. According to the latest annual update of the Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast for 2014-2019, the mobile data traffic in these Asia Pacific countries is growing 1.6 times faster than the global average, which is forecasted to increase by nearly 10-fold over the next five years.
NEW DELHI: Mobile internet usage in India grew by 74%, driven by 3G traffic which more than doubled last year, says a study by Nokia Networks. “There has been huge growth momentum of data usage in India on wireless networks driven by 3G traffic. The data usage grew by 74% and 3G usage was up by 114% at end of 2014, compared to 2013,” Nokia Networks vice president and head of India region Sandeep Girotra said here. The 2G mobile internet usage grew by 41% in 2014, as per Nokia Network’s MBit Index study.
NEW DELHI: Online classifieds platform OLX today said it expects traffic on its website to grow at a strong pace, driven by increasing penetration of smartphones in the country. India, which already accounts for the highest number of listings, had about 1.5 billion monthly page views generated from the country. The Naspers-Backed firm generated more than 11 billion monthly page views. It is present in over 106 countries in 40 languages.
Taiwan’s direct Internet connection with 17 countries (including Hong Kong and Macao) reached total bandwidth of 1.422Tbps as of the end of the third quarter of 2014, increasing 0.64% on quarter and 21.87% on year, according to the latest quarterly survey conducted by the government-sponsored Taiwan Network Information Center (TWNIC).
According to the latest ‘State of the Internet’ quarterly report by content delivery network, Akamai, Viet Nam continues to lag behind in broadband adoption. It has the second slowest Internet speed in Asia and globally ranks 117th, behind Thailand, Indonesia and Philippines. The Akamai report states that the average Internet connection speed in Viet Nam is 2 Mbps while the global average Internet speeds have reached 3.9Mbps, and the highest average peak connection speed was 21.2Mbps.
Internet speeds in China have historically remained sluggish, though the country has been making steady strides in improving online connectivity. According to a report from China Cache, in which the organization analyzed data speeds across its 15,000 servers in China, the national average internet speed (excluding Hong Kong) for Q4 2013 reached 3.45Mb/s, up 33.2 percent from the previous year. Region by region, Shanghai sits at the top of the with an average connection speed of 5.40Mb/s, followed by Beijing at 4.17Mb/s and Fujian Province at 3.93Mb/s.