4G Will Make Up Just 10 Percent Of Global Connections in 2017
It looks like just 10 percent of mobile data traffic will be based on 4G networks in 2017, according to Cisco Systems’ annual mobile forecast. It’s significant growth from the extent of today’s 4G deployments, which make up just 1 percent of global connections. But with 4G LTE devices like the iPhone 5 becoming common in larger economies, we may feel the technology rift between early adopter countries and laggards even more in four years’ time. Cisco’s measurement of 4G includes WiMax too, in addition to cellular 4G, so LTE will support less than 10 percent of global network connections. WiMax was pipped as a mobile 4G standard before cellular 4G was ready for the market sometime back around the mid-2000s, but in spite of its first-mover advantage, more carriers have chosen to deploy cellular 4G like LTE. One reason is that upgrades to 4G can piggyback on existing 3G infrastructure. (Think of WiMax more like super-charged Wi-Fi, so it’ll take entirely new equipment.) Another ...
The State of In-Flight Wi-Fi
CowboyRobot writes "Byte magazine gives a run-down of the current state of Internet access on airplanes. 'All of the services function in basically the same way. They provide connectivity to the public Internet via a Wi-Fi hotspot accessible from the cabin of the aircraft. This in-cabin network may also be used to provide in-flight entertainment services ranging from television network feeds to movies and canned TV shows available from an on-board media server connected to the network. In the U.S., the Internet connectivity is available when the aircraft is above 10,000 feet and is turned off during take-offs and landings. Gogo, the current market leader, provides connectivity to aircraft via a network of 250 dedicated cell towers that it has built nationwide. Fundamentally, it offers the same type of connectivity you would expect to see on a standard 3G-capable phone. The connection is limited in speed to just over 3 Mbps — and all users on the plane share this one connection.'"
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SimpleTV Begins Shipping Its $149 Box For Streaming Live Or Recorded TV To The iPhone, iPad, Roku, And Web
Well, it’s taken a while, but SimpleTV is finally shipping its $149 streaming TV box to users. After previewing its hardware and CES, and following a successful Kickstarter campaign, the combination Sling-TiVo device will soon be in users’ living rooms. For real, this time. The SimpleTV box converts TV signals into video streams, which can then be watched on your PC, iPhone, iPad, Roku box, or Apple TV via AirPlay. In that way it’s kind of like a newer, cheaper Slingbox. But it also has a USB connection, letting users connect their own storage devices to create DVR-like capabilities. It’s sort of the ultimate time- and place-shifting device, for folks who care about those capabilities. Since introducing the product to users, SimpleTV has been focused primarily on the cord-cutter market. It has no video out option or pass-through capabilities, so you can’t tie it into your cable setup without splitting the line. In its Kickstarter campaign, SimpleTV bundled its box with over-the-air ...
Wi-Fi and Amtrak: Missed Connections
Marketed as “fast, reliable and consistent,” Amtrak’s Wi-Fi service has instead turned into a source of online mockery. Will unplugged passengers find smoother connections soon?
Crowdsourced Network Planning For Connection-Bridging Startup
An anonymous reader writes "Tom's Hardware reports on the Connectify Switchboard software that "divides the user's traffic between Wi-Fi, 3G/4G and Ethernet-based connections on a packet-by-packet basis. Even a single stream — such as a Netflix movie — can be split between two or three Internet connections for a higher resolution and faster buffering." As part of its Kickstarter campaign, Connectify is geolocating their backers to optimize deployment of their servers. This is a clever way for supporters to influence the project beyond pledge levels and stretch goals, and it's actually kind of fun to watch."