August 14, 2007
“Internet has not been designed for viewing videos” according to Mary Turner from Tiscali in the Financial Times. The British public tv station BBC has received a warning from English broadband carriers that the BBC’s new iPlayer is putting too much strain on their network. The carriers treathen to block iPlayer unless the BBC will start paying for the bandwidth used.
Though streaming videos are not the greatest bandwidth-eaters. According to research by CacheLogic (2007) it is peer-to-peer transfers that are responsible for over 60% of all bandwidth consumption.
July 16, 2007
A 75 year old woman from central Sweden has been thrown into the IT history books – with the world’s fastest internet connection. Sigbritt L öthberg’s blistering 40 Gigabits per second connection means she can enjoy 1,500 high definition HDTV channels simultaneously or download a full high definition DVD in just two seconds.
It is a shame that she has never used a computer before. And how would she actually use it? The computer can’t keep up with that speed unless she has some supercomputer with a sophisticated hard drive raid. Fastest hard drive speed is ‘only’ around 3 Gigs per second which is far less than the 40 Gigabits internet connection.
Read the rest of the story at the Swedish newspaper The Local
June 13, 2007
The Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI) is hosting The Third International Conference on Ultrabroadband Networks, to be held June 22, 2006 at Columbia University.
As computing power increases exponentially, so too have the connection speeds through which we access the Internet and our own personal networks, both in the office as well as in the home. Read the rest of this entry »