When Rio de Janeiro was announced as the venue for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, the world held its breath. Doubt gnawed at athletes who grew wary about the city’s cleanliness and safety, while Brazil’s political instability was also called into question. In the end, Rio pulled through and put on a spectacular show. But premium connectivity proved to be an issue with so many people uploading and downloading content on the go. With the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics set…
The communications space is growing as disruptive internet companies are increasing their dominance. Communications service providers (CSPs) need their own digital strategies and action plans to face the challenge of this changing business environment. The last decade was quite a challenge for CSPs who experienced diminishing returns due to market saturation, price pressure and consumer demands for increasingly complex mobile services, as well as the rise of over the top (OTT) competitors who are able to provide free communication services…

The evolution of content consumption in 2016

Written on Sunday, 14 August 2016 08:05
Vision accounts for around 70%-80% of our sensory perception. In turn, videos and rich media are the most efficient means for storytelling and emotional engagement. Rich media transformation has been one of the several emerging trends we see in 2016, amongst others captured below. Rich Media Getting on Our Smartphones Content consumption is more and more driven by mobile devices – according to Limelight Networks, 2016 is the first year where downloading videos on one’s cell phone was outplaying a…
Since its inception in 2005, people around the world have become heavily reliant upon the convenience of Google Maps. It makes sense, because as technology leaps forward and travel becomes more seamless, cities are becoming more expansive and difficult to navigate. In fact, 2008 marked the first time in history that the world’s population was evenly split between urban and rural areas. By 2025, the Population Reference Bureau estimates that 27 megacities will exist, with 21 in less developed countries.…
Tesla and Google both agree that autonomous vehicles will make streets safer. The two tech giants are racing towards a driverless future. The benefits of Tesla’s autopilot feature were proven recently when a Tesla Model X vehicle navigated 20 miles of highway on autopilot, saving its passengers’ life. 37-year-old Joshua Neally was driving home in Springfield, Missouri, when he suffered a blockage of his lung arteries which could have killed him if not for his vehicles’ autonomous technology. But the…
The telecommunications industry is continuously evolving, influencing unexpected industries – even the energy sector. Now that connectivity is such a vital part of modern lifestyle, people today expect telecom operators to provide them with seamless service. But that isn’t always possible, especially for remote and rural regions that often suffer from power blackouts. That was, until, zinc-air energy storage emerged as a promising solution. Zinc-air energy systems allow telcos to keep cellular base stations operational during periods of grid instability,…

Virtual Reality: The next big thing in content consumption

Written on Monday, 01 August 2016 08:03
The explosion of video consumption and the different ways that people now view content has caused internet traffic to grow exponentially. Think phones are a big part of our digital life. Virtual and augmented reality will be even bigger; a key player in the tech industry. It’s the next big thing in content consumption that will be used in all manner of activities, not just games. “It’s going to be huge... It has the opportunity to eclipse the smartphone market,”…
Juniper Research recently identified three firms, including Cybereason, Klarna and what3words, as the world’s top disruptive technology innovators. Cybereason came in first place; a Washington-based cybersecurity startup, which uses big data, behavioral analytics and machine learning to detect and hunt down complex cyber-attacks in real-time. Klarna, a Swedish e-commerce and “frictionless” payments vendor took the number two spot on the list; while what3words, a London-based startup which has launched a universal addressing system, took the third position. A report by…
It’s risky getting into a vehicle, navigating treacherous highways and trusting that other drivers are competent enough to keep you safe on the road. But as society enters the Internet of Things era, new threats will emerge in the form of cybercrime. As vehicles become more connected and more reliant upon internet connectivity, security researchers are discovering a number of security holes in technology that power connected and autonomous vehicles. Automakers are facing increased pressure to find ways to guard…
Wi-Fi connections now exist almost everywhere in modern infrastructure, found in a multitude of areas, from cafes to your local bus stop, airports, schools and offices. Without the convenience of Wi-Fi, connecting with people on-the-go wouldn’t be anywhere near as easy as it is today. For a long time Wi-Fi didn’t penetrate the commercial airline industry. Traveling through the sky, passengers were expected to switch off their mobile phone and accept a general lack of connectivity with the world below.…
As a Communist nation, China is famous for its distrust of outsourced influence and internal uprising. Its citizens are no strangers to being evaluated by the government; a mammoth task monitoring 1.4 billion people. To maintain control of China’s vast population, the government has developed ‘China’s Social Credit System’ (SCS) to become mandatory in 2020, which will take in all of the big data tools of the information age, including electronic purchasing data, social networks and algorithmic sorting, to be…
Google’s latest investment in long-haul undersea fibre optic cabling has gone online. The FASTER Cable System gives Google access to up to 10Tbps (Terabits per second) of the cable’s total 60Tbps bandwidth between the U.S. and Japan. They will use this capacity to support their users, including Google Apps and Cloud Platform customers. This is the highest-capacity undersea cable ever built — about ten million times faster than your average cable modem. "From the very beginning of the project, we…
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