Saturday, November 02, 2013

Deutsche Telekom is forbidden to restrict speed on broadband

Deutsche Telekom can not limit the speed of the Internet connection when customers exceed the limits fixed packet data, a German court ruled on Wednesday, 30/10.

The District Court of Cologne said plans would establish an 'unreasonable disadvantage for customers "since they hope to rely on the Internet at a fixed price in speed stable connection. Earlier this year, Deutsche Telekom had already made plans to limit the speed of data on fixed line broadband, after a public rejection.

The carrier said it would study the decision and that should appeal. Former holder of the monopoly of telecommunications in Germany, Deutsche Telekom is facing fierce competition from cable operators who have upgraded their lines originally designed for television broadcasting, thus offering Internet and voice calls.

Broadband: 4G is equivalent to growth of 3G

The connections of fixed and mobile broadband exceed 43.7 million in 2017, excluding M2M and navigation smartphone and cell reveals the Barômetro Banda Larga 2.0, released by Cisco on Tuesday, 29/10. Growth of 54.2% between 2013 and 2017 must be caused by increasing access to mobile data, driven by major sporting events in the country.

Besides the projection for the next four years, the study conducted by IDC Latin America, brings a detailed analysis of the Internet between January and June 2013, when Brazil reached 27.1 million connections, where the fixed grew 4 5% while moves up 8.7% in the period, with 36.5 mobile connections per 100 fixed. By the end of 2013, the country should reach 28.3 million connections.

The survey shows that the most cost-effective fixed broadband has contributed to the increasing speed of Internet connections. The call 2.0 Fixed broadband with speeds of 2 Mbps or more, increased by 7% in the first six months of the year, up nearly six times higher than the 1.0 bandwidth (128 Kbps to 2 Mbps). 2.0 The Broadband connections totaled 11.75 million in June 2013, with 43.2% of this total are in the range of 10 Mbps or more.

Mobile access, which considers connections to PC via modem and tablet, reached 7.26 million in June 2013. This edition of the Barometer also started to measure the 4G, launched in April 2013. In just three months, this technology has reached the milestone of 174,000 subscribers, a value close to the average quarterly growth of 3G base. During the semester, the 3G subscriptions grew by 6.1%.

Other highlights of the study:

  • The Fixed Broadband connections totaled 10.1% of the population and 33.7 % of households .The Broadband 2.0 exceeded 11.75 million connections , this means a penetration of 6 per 100 inhabitants .
  • The cable modem connections already exceed 31 % of the fixed connections in Brazil .
  • The average speed increased to 209 Kbps in the last six months and 556 Kbps in the last year . The main reason for this increase was the introduction of high speeds at most competitive prices with good market acceptance.
  • Operators are focusing offers the intermediate velocities ( 2Mbps ) and upper ( 5Mbps + ) , R $ 64 average price charged for access during raised . With this, the user experience has improved and digital media , content and B2C should be increasingly exploited .
  • The corporate user has also stimulated the increase of broadband in the country , with the demand for cloud-based applications , as well as other factors such as data centers , big data and mobility.
  • Of the total 43.7 million connections ( fixed and mobile ) in 2017 , the mobile account for 36 % and broadband connections will reach 2.0 % of the 72 fixed .
  • The installed base of devices will grow by 26 million between 2013 and 2017 . An increase of over 30 % compared to the end of 2013 . This will drive the adoption of broadband (all speeds), which will grow by about 15 million . The growth in the number of devices per connection will boost the supply of higher speeds .  

4G: According to Anatel makes TVs for allocation band 700 Mhz

Earned the scolding of TV broadcasters. When deciding on the regulation with the allocation of the 700 MHz band, this Thursday, 31/10, the Anatel found a way out: approved standard, but it only comes into effect after the compliance demands of broadcasters, ie solutions to interference and channel redesign.

"The bid band can only occur to the extent that issues are resolved coexistence," said the draftsman, Rodrigo
Zerbone explaining that "this resolution only come into effect as well as the Regulation on the date of publication of the notice."

 As reminded Marcelo Bechara, "this auction is not just booster of wireless broadband in the fourth generation in a band that should be exploited for this. But there is another question, which is the transition of the Brazilian digital TV. And the question is how to encourage compatible with a segment also scanning service as important as the other. "

Overcome the 'diplomatic crisis' with television, the use of the 700 MHz band for mobile broadband will bring news. First, it confirms the idea of ​​sharing the model RAN Sharing for smaller cities - with a surprise: the agency indicates that not only will allow sharing of equipment, but also the spectrum.

The rule does not define on how small are the cities that could have RAN Sharing at 700 MHz, but as already indicated the counselor Jarbas Valente, the idea is that the locations of up to 30 thousand inhabitants that possibility is feasible, even with a single carrier administering the 40 +40 MHz

Otherwise, in the larger cities than the cut line - yet to be clearly defined in the same announcement, the cap was fixed at 10 to 10 MHz carriers - which in practice means that there are conditions of each of the four major telcos take your loaf mobile spectrum.

Another novelty is that although the preferred setting for systems FDD, TDD systems may be allowed, provided of course that such solutions do not cause harmful interference. FDD and TDD duplexing and forms are generally associated to fixed and mobile solutions, respectively.

It was also guaranteed in the regulation a slice of the 700 MHz band for security activities - Police and Armed Forces. This share will be at least 5 +5 MHz, although foreseen the possibility of the edict to bring a loaf bigger than that.

Finally, it is expressly mentioned in the regulation that the telecom operators should "bear the costs of redistribution and the solutions to the problems of harmful interference in radio systems."

Broadband: providers must guarantee 70% of the hired speed

The new minimum speed limits hired by subscribers of fixed and mobile broad bands began to assert on Friday , November 1 . The goals established in the regulations of Quality Management Services Multimedia Communications ( broadband ) and Personal Mobile ( mobile broadband ) , the providers should ensure monthly, on average , 70 % of the contracted speed by users.In other words , in hiring a 10Mbps plan , the monthly average speed must be at least 7Mbps . The instantaneous speed - that occasionally measured in a measurement - should be at least 30 % of the contractor , ie 3Mbps . Thus , if the provider delivered only 30 % of the contracted speed for several days , must , in the rest of the month , delivering a high speed user to achieve the monthly target of 70 % . These rates are valid until November 2014 and are being monitored by volunteers , selected by the regulatory agency .