Top devices for watching Video

The Broadband Revolution of the last 15 years was supposed to forever change our media consumption habits. The arrival of mobile or portable form-factors that facilitate viewing video was going to cement that. Broadband has penetrated more than half the population (54 percent of the population has an active mobile broadband subscription in the US, according to the September 2011 Bandwidth Report.

Yet, when it comes to video, the statistics show a different picture (no pun intended) – TV sets are still at the core of our video viewing experience.

The following graph [source: Parks Research] shows the frequency of video consumption by TV, Computer, Tablet or Smartphone. Clearly, people still watch a lot more video on the TV set than on any other form (and more than all of Computer, Tablet, and Smartphone combined). That means, despite all the hoopla about Internet Video and Netflix Streaming and all that, people in the USA still watch more television on a TV-set than on a computer, laptop, smartphone, or tablet.

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Looks like most people prefer to watch video on that big screen TV rather than on the small viewing area of a computer, laptop, Tablet, or smartphone!!!

Charter Communications: Honey, I deleted your mailbox!

A software error during routine maintenance at Charter Communications has resulted in the permanent deletion of 14,000 customer e-mail accounts. All contents in these email accounts, including messages, photos and other attachments have been erased and there is no way to retrieve contents from any folder.

Charter Communications is large cable TV operator in the U.S., and also provides telephone and high-speed Internet service. Charter provides service in 29 states and has about 2.6 million high-speed Internet subscribers. Charter gives each new Internet user a free e-mail account, but some customers opt to use other accounts instead. So every three months the company deletes inactive accounts. This gaffe apparently happened during one of those moments. Affected customers are not from a specific geographic area, but are from different parts of the Charter’s service areas. Charter will give a $50 credit to each customer affected by this “Oops” and is taking steps to make sure it never happens again. They Better!!!

Hopefully, Charter’s customer agreement has clauses freeing Charter from damages from lost email – such as lost business – otherwise, they’ll be in a lot more trouble if a customer sues Charter for loss of an important document – after all, people are known to use emails as a document repository of sorts.

I for one don’t use accounts from service providers because I don’t want to have an email associated with a specific service provider, don’t know when I might change my service provider, don’t want to take a chance with the service provider interrupting service for non-payment of bills and then deletes the email account, and mostly because there are better known email services around (think Yahoo!, Gmail, MSN Mail, etc).

Frankly, I’m surprised that the email boxes were not backed up! A good lesson for CIOs!

JetBlue to offer on-board Wi-Fi on BetaBlue Aircraft

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JetBlue will introduce in early 2008 limited in-flight e-mail and Instant Messaging access, in partnership with Yahoo and RIM (the maker of BlackBerry phones). Passengers on JetBlue’s Wi-Fi equipped BetaBlue aircraft will be able to use their Wi-Fi-enabled laptops, smartphones, and BlackBerries to access customized version of Yahoo!® Mail and Yahoo!® Messenger named Yahoo! Mail in the Sky and Yahoo! Messenger in the Sky. BlackBerry users will also be able to check BlackBerry Email and BlackBerry® Messenger services. All this for Free (um..at no additional charge)! However, iPhones™ cannot be used on BetaBlue.

Yahoo!’s in-flight versions of Mail and Messenger are slightly different – they do not allow attachments to be opened via Yahoo! Mail in the Sky. Even Personal and corporate BlackBerry email on BetaBlue do not support attachments. So, if you are a laptop user, you cannot use your existing Yahoo! mail and Yahoo! messenger, but have to install the customized lightweight Yahoo! Mail in the Sky and Yahoo! Messenger in the Sky version. Those without a Yahoo! account can register for one on the fly (literally!).

JetBlue’s BetaBlue aircraft is an Airbus A320 equipped for email and Instant Messaging services above 10,000 feet. Once the BetaBlue aircraft has reached 10,000 feet, customers can begin using the Wi-Fi service. JetBlue is in a unique position among airlines because it has licensed spectrum in the United States that allows it to transmit from planes to the ground. This also positions JetBlue to offer similar service to other carriers.

All this good stuff is coming in early 2008, with additional features and functionally coming later. These services are free to customers and provided exclusively by JetBlue and LiveTV™, Yahoo!®, and BlackBerry®.

I think this is a great step forward. I travel quite a bit, so I know that being on a plane is one of the most boring and harrowing experiences. Being able to connect with friends and family on mother earth will go a long way towards making the on-board experience more useful.

I didn’t know how many business travelers fly JetBlue, but the last time I flew JetBlue about 4 weeks back, I noticed multiple people with Blackberries, so the partnership with Research in Motion makes sense, although I don’t think there are many Wi-Fi capable BBs out there now. I don’t travel JetBlue that often, but this is one more thing that will tip the scale in favor of JetBlue for my future travel.

Worldwide DSL Broadband speeds keep increasing

In the 3rd Quarter (Q3) of 2007, average residential downstream DSL speeds increased across the world, except in two regions, according to research by Point-Topic. Asia Pacific, Latin America, South East Asia, Western Europe and Eastern Europe all saw increased downstream DSL speeds. In North America & Canada and the Middle East & Africa, however, the speeds didn’t change.

The  figure below shows the downstream speed of DSL in bps, across different regions of the world.

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South & East Asia lead the pack, where downstream DLS speed increased by over 130%, primarily due to two operators – China Tietong and China Telecom. China Tietong has launched Broadband services (A1 – A7 Unlimited) with downstream speeds ranging from 512 Kbps to 4 Mbps, and introduced the J1 Shared 100M VDSL service with a 100 Mbps downstream speed. China Telecom expanded its existing Home ASDL Unlimited range of services with downstream speeds ranging from 512 Kbps to 2 Mbps.

Which Countries have the Highest Broadband Adoption?

If you ever wondered which countries are leading the broadband revolution, at least in terms of broadband adoption, you have it here. Broadband adoption itself is not as important as what broadband adopters do with it, but it provides an idea of which countries will be the leading users of using Internet services and perhaps the leading countries for starting Internet-based ventures.

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With more than 63 million subscribers on board, the U.S. has the most broadband subscribers of any country, but China tops the DSL subscriber list, with over 44 million of its 59 million broadband users connected via DSL. China is also quickly catching up in total Broadband subscribers and will likely overtake the U.S in the next 1-2 years. This should be no surprise, given that China has more than 3 times the population of the U.S. Overall, Broadband adoption across the world grew at about 5% from Q1 2007 to Q2 2007 (quarterly growth) and about 30% for the year ending Q2 2007.

The results, prepared by industry analyst firm Point Topic, also indicate that DSL continues to dominate broadband access, with almost 66% of subscribers – more than 200 million out of the world’s 313 million – using DSL. North America maintained its reign over the global broadband market with 16% of the world’s subscribers. In Western Europe, 72 million of the 86 million broadband subscribers use DSL. The Eastern European DSL market remains small, but grew at 63% in the first half of 2007.

Internet Traffic continues to explode Internationally

International Internet traffic is Alive and Well! International Internet traffic grew 57 percent from mid-2006 and mid-2007, according to Telegeography’s Global Internet Geography. While it is less than the stellar 74 percent growth in the previous year, it’s still a huge improvement by most standards.

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Note: percentage growth numbers are relative to the first half of the previous year. For example, Average International Internet traffic grew 57% from the first half of 2006 to the first half of 2007.

Interestingly, Internet Bandwidth grew significantly in 2007. This means that Internet Service Providers and Internet Backbone Providers have invested in significant increases in available bandwidth during this time. They will not be disappointed – I expect International Internet usage to grow handily for the next several years.

There’s no doubt that high-bandwidth applications such as video are expanding the average traffic on the Internet. At the same time, Internet traffic is also growing because the Internet is reaching more and more places, particularly as wireline and wireless broadband access becomes more prevalent. That should be good news for the world!