Tag Archives: bandwidth

AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile All Register to Bid in Upcoming Wireless Spectrum Auction

It comes about as TV broadcasters have more airwaves than they need thanks to the move to digital TV, while those that offer (or want to offer) cell service badly need more space to serve all the demand for Netflix, YouTube and other video content. Some companies, such as Google and Sprint, had already said that they did not plan to bid. Others, including T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon and Comcast, had signaled they would participate. – Ina Fried, Re/code

Sprint thinks its existing wireless spectrum is enough

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[Sprint] just announced that it’s passing on the Federal Communications Commission’s upcoming 600MHz auction after determining that its existing airwaves are “sufficient” for its future needs. […] However, passing on the auction is still a big gamble. Sprint is betting that there won’t be a big spike in demand that requires more spectrum than it has, or that the lack of 600MHz support won’t hobble compatibility or performance down the line. – Jon Fingas, Engadget

Hola VPN Sells Users’ Bandwidth, Founder Confirms

One of the most popular free VPN/geo-unblocking solutions on the planet is operated by Israel-based Hola Better Internet. It can be added to most popular browsers in seconds and has an impressive seven million users on Chrome alone. Overall the company boasts 46 million users of its service. Now, however, the company is facing accusations from 8chan message board operator Fredrick Brennan. He claims that Hola users’ computers were used to attack his website without their knowledge, and that was made possible by the way Hola is setup. – Andy, TorrentFreak

Joker is Cool But Not the New Popcorn Time

A new web-based torrent service has been making headlines with some heralding the arrival of a new Popcorn Time-style tool. But while Joker.org is very slick and provides better privacy, the service is more vulnerable in two key areas – centralization and rising costs. […] The best seeded torrents not only tend to start immediately but also allow the user to quickly skip to later or earlier parts of the video. This suggests that the video content has been cached already and isn’t being pulled live and direct from peers in a torrent swarm. […] as a free service Joker faces a dilemma. By caching video itself the site is bound by the usual bandwidth costs associated with functionally similar sites such as YouTube. While Joker provides greater flexibility (users can order it to fetch whichever content they like) it still has to pump video directly to users after grabbing it from torrent swarms. This costs money and at some point someone is going to have to pay. – Andy,TorrentFreak
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The FTC is suing AT&T for throttling customers with unlimited data

The Federal Trade Commission, which worked closely with the Federal Communications Commission on the case, alleges that AT&T didn’t clearly articulate its throttling policy in marketing materials. The carrier importantly failed to impart the implications to customers who renewed their contracts, violating the FTC Act when it charged those who canceled their contracts after seeing reduced speeds. AT&T made a more egregious transgression in the seemingly arbitrary way it reduced bandwidth. The FTC estimates that roughly 3.5 million customers were impacted more than 25 million times over several years, many without notice or explanation. Their speed was repeatedly cut to dial-up levels on an average of 12 days out of the month, making services like Web browsing, GPS navigation, and video streaming nearly impossible to use. – Kyle Wiggers,Digital Trends 
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Microsoft DeLorean Kills Streaming Game Lag By Predicting Your Next Move

In a research paper published this week, the Microsoft Research team explained that DeLorean delivers a player’s most likely moves ahead of time, loading the video response in advance based on how previous players interact with the game. […] In testing with Doom 3 and Fable 3, DeLorean was able to mask a round-trip time of up to 250 milliseconds, a lag time that would usually make for an utterly unplayable game. Players weren’t able to discern a difference between local gameplay and the DeLorean-powered cloud system. There’s a drawback, though: DeLorean’s data-heavy setup can send nearly five times as much information than a simple real-time gaming stream. That kind of load would require a seriously beefy connection. – Robert Sorokanich,Gizmodo

Netflix ends one of its oldest disputes, agrees to pay Time Warner Cable

Netflix has agreed to a paid interconnection deal with Time Warner Cable (TWC), one of the first ISPs to cry foul over Netflix’s attempt to gain direct access to broadband networks without payment. TWC complained about Netflix’s Open Connect content delivery network (CDN) back in January 2013, saying the online video company was “seeking unprecedented preferential treatment from ISPs.” […] “Just a handful of US ISPs have required these access tolls, with Time Warner being the last of the four,” a Netflix spokesperson told Ars. Netflix has asked the [Federal Communications Commission] to ban such payments. The commission is examining the paid peering deals but hasn’t promised any action. – Jon Brodkin,Ars Technica

South Africa: Mobile Video-Streaming APP for Low-Bandwidth Africa

A South African developed video streaming solution, specially designed to cater for the low-speed internet environment encountered in most parts of Africa, has been released as a free mobile application for Apple and Android phones. The platform, known as Adaptive Real-Time Internet Streaming Technology (Artist), makes unbroken video-streaming possible with the use of algorithms to adjust quality to available bandwidth – meaning that the rate at which a video streams varies depending on the available bandwidth at the time. […] The mobile app, recently launched on the Apple iOS and Google Android App stores, delivers 10 unique “TV-type” channels 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The download of the app is free, but viewers do pay for the associated data costs. – AllAfrica.com