Archive for the ‘Broadband’ Category

Tablets to replace laptops, smartphones to replace desktops…

Are we witnessing the demise of the desktop and laptop?

John Herlihy, Google’s VP of online sales, believes that the desktop has about three years before phones replace it. And he first made that prediction a year ago.

Previously, only those with BlackBerrys used phones for everything, including simple tasks such as email. Now, according to a new Nielsen smartphone report, 43% of mobile phone users have smartphones. People use phones to do things that used to be reserved for desktop PCs, such as surf the web, play games, and watch video.

Boost for move to new net addressing scheme

Efforts to shift the internet to a new addressing system have been boosted by US internet service provider Comcast.

The firm has begun switching some customers over to a system built around the net’s new addressing scheme, called IP Version 6 (IPv6).

The change is needed because the older version has almost exhausted its pool of available addresses.

Some small UK ISPs have also begun putting domestic customers on a network that uses the new system.

EU plan to spend billions on boosting broadband speeds

By David Meyer, BBC

The European Commission is set to propose investing almost €9.2bn (£8bn) in a massive rollout of super-fast broadband infrastructure and services across the European Union.

The plan is partly aimed at stimulating further investment in rural broadband.

It is hoped the initiative will also help to create a single market for digital public services.

The Commission has already set targets for improving the speed of home internet connections across the region.

It aims to get all European households on at least 30 megabits per second (Mbps) by 2020, with half the population enjoying more than 100Mbps, so as to make the continent more competitive and productive.

Does poor broadband still rank number one on the IT gripe list?

What is your biggest IT issue or challenge? When we posed the question on the Business Technology Forum a year ago it generated a lively debate. Have the concerns changed over the months?

In tight budgetary times, is access to funding and resources the biggest bugbear? Writing on businesscomputingworld.co.uk Tim Grieveson said a survey of senior IT staff in more than 500 UK companies identified motivating and training staff, data security & recovery, systems monitoring and sustainability as the big IT issues.

Will the uptake of cloud computing be affected by poor broadband speeds?

Will the uptake of cloud computing be affected by poor broadband speeds?

Both topics prompt high levels of debate on the forum. On the one hand there is growing concern over the speed, availability, rollout plans and inconsistencies in broadband performance across Europe. The lack of broadband speed in rural areas, the overdependence on old copper wiring instead of fibre optics and the associated debates over mobile and wifi internet all prompt discussion.

On the other, many commentators are predicting that 2011 will be the year cloud computing comes into its own. “Cloud computing – the server-based way of working – will go from strength to strength this year,” says Toby Shapshak on Times Live (http://www.timeslive.co.za/opinion/columnists/article841095.ece/Much-much-more-of-the-same)