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Comcast has introduced a 100 Mbps internet offering throughout Colorado this week, after launching it as the “Deluxe 100” service to just two cities t

By PETER WHITE

Published: 10 February, 2011

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Comcast has introduced a 100 Mbps internet offering throughout Colorado this week, after launching it as the “Deluxe 100” service to just two cities there earlier, using DOCSIS 3.0. It is now available to Business class customers and will cost a massive $369.95 a month with a load of free Microsoft and anti-virus software for up to 25 PCs. When are Colorado homes going to get that sort of speed?

French VoD specialist Anevia says that it has supplied technology to allow Itacom in Paraguay to deploy an over-the-top (OTT) video on demand service there. Itacom is an ISP and the new OTT service is based on ViaMotion, a software-based IP streaming system designed by Anevia, which supports most of the standard streaming protocols and attaches to third party set tops PCs, handsets and tablets.

Telenor conditional access subsidiary Conax, said this week it will supply the conditional access to Russian Satellite TV operator, Telekarta’s DTH platform.

UK IPTV browser designer ANT has created an online application portal for Korean set top vendor Humax in the UK, based around its Galio Platform. The new TV Portal went out to existing Humax Freeview set tops in an over the air update adding Flickr, BBC iPlayer, Wiki@TV and internet radio literally overnight with more apps to follow including SkyPlayer. The update went to all existing HDR-FOX T2 Freeview+ HD DVRs which work with the Freeview DVB-T service in the UK.

Allot Communications a software supplier to broadband operators, said that its MobileTrends Report shows that mobile data bandwidth grew at 73% in the second half of 2010. Video streaming continues to drive this growth accounting for 37% of mobile bandwidth and YouTube is responsible for 17% on its own, around 45% of the total video streaming traffic. Twitter and Facebook grew by 378% and 267% respectively and VoIP and IM apps drove an 87% increase on mobile broadband. The numbers come from cellular operators worldwide which account for 210 million subs. The report also says that file sharing still eats 30% of mobile bandwidth and the Apple App Store is responsible for 89% and Google’s Android Market is responsible for 9% of overall app store download traffic. Skype continues as the undisputed VoIP market leader, accounting for 87% of mobile VoIP bandwidth.

New Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has not taken long to reach the obvious conclusions that Nokia is sat on a burning platform (Symbian) as rumors emerge this week that he will fire lots of Nokia execs and call for radical new ways to approach business. US analysts are seeing this radical approach as supporting Android or Windows Phone 7, and dumping both Symbian and MeeGo, a move that would, in our view, really set fire to the ship. He laid this out in an email to staff which naturally leaked. He does quite rightly point out that a company that three years on has no viable alternative to the iPhone, can’t expect to lead in handsets for long. It’s a cultural problem that the Finns all think they know best and suffer from Not Invented Here syndrome when it comes to touch screens. He points out that Android is just two years old and has already overtaken Symbian. About MeeGo he asks if it’s the salvation for the company, then why don’t we have more than one phone with it on. Easy to criticize Stephen, now tell us what’s the new plan. He is expected to on Friday this week.

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