Hong Kong has fastest peak internet speed in world

The top recorded speed of 54.1 megabits per second was documented in Hong Kong in the third quarter of 2012, according to the State of the Internet report issued by Akamai Technologies yesterday.

No country previously had gone beyond 50 Mbps.

“It wouldn’t have been possible without changes in policy earlier to force competition between internet service providers,” Edmon Chung Wang-on, chief executive of DotAsia, and vice chairman of the Internet Society of Hong Kong, said yesterday.

“Without the competitive environment we wouldn’t have such a good network at such a low cost. Before there were only a couple of providers, and when the new guy came in things started to move.”


Storm Recovery ??? Chattanooga Style versus Sandy and Athena

But the smart grid???s benefits to Chattanooga don???t stop there. It is the first city in America to offer up to a gigabit to every home in the city, beating Google???s more famous Kansas City fiber project by several years. More affordable services are offered at 100 mbit/s and 250 mbit/s. These are symmetrical Internet connections that offer 100 or 250 actual megabits uploads and downloads. In contrast, typical telco and cableco connections offer speeds ???up to??? 4 megabits, 15 megabits, or if you???re really, really lucky to live in the right neighborhood, up to 100 megabits.

The business world has noticed Chattanooga???s reliable power and awesome connectivity. Amazon has opened a new distribution center in Chattanooga with some 1700 new jobs and it is ramping up with hundreds more for the Christmas season (citation).

The restoration and operational savings are impressive, but then so is the broadband availability. Chattanooga.

"Fiber to the home would be unnecessary."

Clearwire???s 40 MHz bandwidth will support peak speeds of 168 Mbps, twice as fast as anything Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile can throw it, according to John Saw, CTO of Clearwire.

LTE Advanced supports 8??8 MIMO downlink antennas. With a 40 MHz pipe, each sector might support 600 Mbps, or 30 subscribers streaming at 20 Mbps (times 3 sectors) ??? that???s wireless cable. Multi-casting might transmit a base of 6-8 local channels at little or low cost. Fiber to the home would be unnecessary.


“White space” viable for rural broadband – report | InternetNZ

A just-published report on radio spectrum “white space” has found that the technology is a viable alternative for getting high-speed broadband out into rural and remote New Zealand communities.

White space refers to radio spectrum frequencies allocated to a broadcasting service but are not used locally.

The report – written by telecommunications consultant Jon Brewer – explores a number of technology and regulatory issues, as well as several practical uses and trials of white space technology.

Brewer notes that approaches based on “white space” are inexpensive, lightweight and can provide more effective broadband coverage in geographically-challenged parts of the country.

In the report he highlights the potential of white space for three New Zealand rural communities – Parikino in the Wanganui District, Pourerere in Central Hawkes Bay and Clova & Crail Bays in the Marlborough Sounds.

The report was funded by InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) as part of its Community Projects Funding Round, held last year.

Doc Searls ?? Broadband vs. Internet

For years there has been a concerted effort by telephone and cable company operators to replace the nobody-owns-it Internet conversation with one about ???broadband,??? which is something they own and rent out. The U.S. government has been enlisted in this campaign, as have the rest of us. (I???ve used the term ???broadband??? plenty myself, for example, here.) But I began to get hip what was going on in the Summer of 2010, at a conference where a spokesman for the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) gave a talk about the goodness of broadband without once uttering the word ???Internet.??? Recently the ITU has been further sanitizing this rhetorical body-snatch by talking up broadband as a ???basic human right???.

Framing. All important, and the good Doc exposes it.