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Norway Emerges Leader, Having World’s Fastest Mobile Internet

Norway ranks first, followed by Netherlands, and Hungary in the latest tally.

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According to latest statistics, Norway has the fastest mobile internet speed.
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  • Norway emerges leader having fastest mobile internet services.
  • The statistics have been formulated using popular speed testing app Speedtest.net

Norway, August 12, 2017: According to the global leader in broadband testing Ookla, Norway has the fastest mobile Internet in the world.

In only 13 months, Norway has jumped from 11th to first place on the list of world best providers of fast Internet connection, Xinhua reported.

Ookla created the popular application Speedtest.net, where the users can measure the speed of their Internet connection at any time.

According to their statistics, the average Internet connection speed of Norwegians’ mobile phones has increased by 69 per cent during the last year and has speed of 52.6 megabits per second.

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The development has been specially noticed after Telenor, a major operator in Norway, increased the speed on individual subscriptions last September.

Telenor is one of the three operators in Norway that have built their own mobile networks which other operators are hiring.

Both Telenor, Telia and Ice.net have invested billions of kroner in development of their 4G networks in recent years.

At the end of last month telephones in Telenor’s network had an average download speed of 58.6 megabits per second, while Telia’s telephones had an average speed of 45.9 megabits per second.

The Netherlands and Hungary are ranked number two and three on the list of the world’s fastest mobile networks. (IANS)

 

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‘MaharashtraNet’ Broadband Network to be set up to provide Online Health, Education Facilities

Through MaharashtraNet, the government plans to usher in a digital revolution in the state and further reduce the urban-rural divide

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Mumbai, Oct 8, 2016: A MaharashtraNet broadband network, inspired by the Centre’s ‘BharatNet’, will be set up in Maharashtra to ensure online healthcare and education facilities to people in the remotest villages, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said here on Saturday.

Through MaharashtraNet, the government plans to usher in a digital revolution in the state and further reduce the urban-rural divide, he said.

“In Nagpur district, 750 village panchayats have already gone digital. By December 2018, digital connectivity will be provided to all villages, besides connecting all schools online in the state,” Fadnavis said.

He was speaking at a function to honour 109 top state teachers with the ‘Adarsh Shikshak’ and ‘Savitribai Phule Adarsh Shikshika’ awards, including 38 primary teachers, 39 secondary, two of arts and sports, two scouts-guides. The list also has 19 tribal, one physically challenged and eight women teachers.

Fadnavis said the has catapulted to the third position in academic excellence in the past one year due to good education and best teachers.

“We have 40,000 tech-savvy teachers in the state and many educational apps have been developed to help the students. We hope that Maharashtra will soon become the education leader in the country,” said Fadnavis.

Education Minister Vinod Tawde, MP Arvind Sawant, legislators Raj Purohit and Rahul Narvekar, Education Principal Secretary Nand Lal and other officials were present on the occasion.

The women teachers honoured with the ‘Savitribai Phule Adarsh Shikshika’ award include Smita S. Malavade, Sandhya S. Kulkarni, Vandana B. Theng, Sumitra S. Yesane, Sarla S. Kame, Chandrakala S. Deshmukh, Shubhra S. Roy and Vaishali S. Dhakulkar.

Rehman A. Atikur bagged the award in the handicapped category, Satish V. Kolhe and Radha M. Murkute in the scouts-guides category and Pramod B. Patil and Sanjay K. Patole in the arts/sports category. (IANS)

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4G can increase demad for online content

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With a greater rollout of 4G services in the country, consumer demand for online content will increase rapidly in the coming years, says Deloitte.”4G will bring a complete transformation of… television viewing experience and mark a shift in the control from the broadcaster to the consumer. Further, low-cost smartphones bundled with low tariff will help in boosting the Internet usage in India over the coming years,” a Deloitte report said.

4G services increase the capability to offer high-quality content. With India becoming a digital platform, even rural users will prefer online content, it added.

Rural users account for 35% of India’s Internet community despite representing over 60% of the country’s population.

In the coming years, a digital platform like digital audio and video on demand service will see increased activity.

Hence, getting the right business model will be very crucial, Deloitte said.

Once better bandwidth by way of 4G is available and appropriate content is programmed, this platform can see reasonable growth in the coming years, it further said.

India has become the third largest country in terms of Internet users. The total number of Internet subscribers had reached 319.42 million by the end of June 2015.

According to Internet and Mobile Association in India (IMAI), the Internet user base will cross 500 million by 2018, with rural Internet users alone being almost 210 million.

Traditional TV services are well accepted and direct TV is still the chosen option, but OTT (over-the-top) is the new consumer reality which is changing ways of TV consumption for large masses, Deloitte said.

OTT is the delivery of film and TV content through the Internet, without requiring users to subscribe to a traditional cable or satellite. Online video, however, remains largely driven by YouTube and other social networking sites.

According to a Media Partner Asia (MPA) report, India’s active OTT video subscribers in 2014 were 12 million and is expected to grow to 105 million by 2020. Though OTT media is growing faster, there is quite a long way to go.

“Currently, most of the OTT players are generating revenue through ad supported models. OTT players are devising product and service offerings that lure free users to become paid subscribers,” Deloitte said.

Media companies like Star, Sony Pictures Networks, Zee, Eros and Reliance Entertainment have begun offering OTT video on demand (VoD).

Deloitte believes that apart from traditional broadcaster, OTT VoD remains the win-win situation for both customers and service providers.

It expects regional content to also be in demand, as a survey conducted by Vuclip shows that 78 per cent of the users prefer watching content in their native languages.

Credits: dnaindia

 

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Vodafone to launch 4G service by the end of the year

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Special-Offers-for-Vodafone-CustomersAfter Airtel, Vodafone India is all set to launch fourth generation (4G) mobile phone services in the country by the end of the year. While Reliance Jio plans to offer 4G services in the country by December 2015.

Vodafone India acquired additional 4G (LTE) spectrum in five circles in the country, in the February 2014 auctions. These circles together contribute close to 50 percent of the total data revenues for Vodafone India, the company said.

The telecommunication industry is gearing up for the prospective competition that these brands will face once the 4G service is launched. The easy availability of cheap smartphones along with fourth-generation service will enable a faster internet speed and download.

In addition, Vodafone India will also roll out its 3G network in 7 circles – Assam, North East, UP West, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Kerala and Odisha.