Posts Tagged 'broadband'

France: No Internet for you … if you illegally download

“Anyone who persists in illicit downloading of music or films will be barred from broadband access under a controversial new law that makes France a pioneer in combating internet piracy.

“There is no reason that the internet should be a lawless zone,” President Sarkozy told his Cabinet yesterday as it endorsed the “three-strikes-and-you’re-out” scheme that from next January will hit illegal downloaders where it hurts.”

This seems like a knee jerk response to a long standing issue. I think Sarkozy needs to understand the issues before he institutes this silly policy. Is he taking a page from the playbook of Bush? (Scare tactics 101)

“Under a cross-industry agreement, internet service providers (ISPs) must cut off access for up to a year for third-time offenders.

In a classical French approach the scheme will be enforced by a new £15 million a year state agency, to be called Hadopi (high authority for copyright protection and dissemination of works on the internet).” (link)

This is passing the buck. The forces the ISPs to police it’s users and then would punish them for lack of enforcement. This is cowardly. How much are they gonna spend on this? You think they could have thought up a better name than ‘Hadopi’.

Gadget: Sony Ericsson MD400 USB modem

Sony Ericsson unveils the MD400 and MD400g – the first HSPA USB modems of their kind from Sony Ericsson not only providing high speed broadband but also a combined M2 Memory Stick Micro™ and a microSD™ slot brought together in a stylish and attractive design. Apart from an in-built antenna, an innovative additional swivel antenna optimizes the performance when in use. When closed, it covers and protects the retractable USB connector. The MD400g also has an in-built GPS receiver which automatically shows the user’s current location. (link)

AT&T busts competitor claims of 6 – 8 Mbps

AT&T attempted to take the shine off of the claimed speeds of cable companies during a presentation at the Merrill Lynch Communications Services Forum 2008. During a presentation at the forum, AT&T Telecom Operations Group president John Stankey talked some smack about the broadband offerings of his company’s cable competitors.

Stankey revealed that AT&T purchased cable Internet service for over 150 homes in the service area of an unnamed competitor. The advertised broadband speeds were in the neighborhood of 6Mbps to 8Mbps, and AT&T installed gear in each home to test and take samplings of the actual throughput and speeds.

The result was quite different from what the cable company advertised. While AT&T saw peak speeds in the 3-4Mbps range, average throughput was closer to 400kbps. “Peak might be something that occurs at 3am, when the network is lightly loaded,” said Stankey. “Even at peak, the performance on these types of transactions was well below the 6 or 8Mbps access speeds.” (link)

Oh those “wascally” Chinese piraters

The world’s largest film studios are cracking down on Chinese movie piracy both online and off this month. The MPA, which represents studio interests outside the US, has filed suit against Xunlei Networking Technology Co. in China after the company allegedly made it easy for subscribers to download US films over the ‘Net. The studios are looking for just under $1 million from the company, which is partly backed by Google, a figure that seems strangely low.

Xunlei has been in trouble before. According to China’s official Xinhua news agency, Xunlei has already lost one copyright case this month after being sued by rival Youdu Broadband Technology Company. Youdu had paid for the rights to distribute the film Confession of Pain online, only to have Xunlei offer access as well. Xunlei was found guilty and fined $20,833.

For its part, the MPA wants to do more than shut down unauthorized online distribution in China; it wants to put a crimp in the manufacture and sale of counterfeit discs as well. To that end, it launched Operation Blackout last November to crack down on piracy in Asia and Australia. (link)

Verizon goes with LTE for mobile broadband

“Verizon today announced plans to develop and deploy its fourth generation mobile broadband network using LTE – Long Term Evolution – the technology developed within the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standards organization. The selection of LTE provides Verizon and Vodafone – joint owners of U.S.-based Verizon Wireless – with a unique opportunity to adopt a common access platform with true global scale and compatibility with existing technologies of both companies.Verizon and Vodafone have a coordinated trial plan for LTE that begins in 2008. Trial suppliers include Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Motorola, Nokia-Siemens, and Nortel. These suppliers, along with others in the world community, have contributed significantly towards development of the standards in 3GPP. Discussions with device suppliers have expanded beyond traditional suppliers such as LG, Samsung, Motorola, Nokia, and Sony Ericsson, as consumer electronics companies anticipate embedded wireless functionality in their future products.”


100Mbps mobile broadband test successful

As mobile devices become increasingly sophisticated and handle more and more complex multimedia applications, the LTE/SAE technology is designed to give end users wireless access to growing levels of data throughput on the move.


From a technical perspective, 3GPP LTE technology aims to provide improved spectral efficiency, increased radio capacity, lower latency, lower operating costs for operators, and ultimately new high-performance mobile broadband end-user services. 3GPP LTE is specified to enable downlink/uplink peak data rates above 100/50 Mbps in initial deployment configurations.



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