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American internet users rejoice! YouTube requests might get delivered faster today with Google, OpenDNS and several content delivery networks announcing the Global Internet Speed Up effort. Finding ways to speed up the internet and deliver ever-increasing high quality streaming and downloads to users across the globe is getting harder. The Speed Up effort tries to dodge around this by making sure a user's request for content goes to a server near it, making delivery faster and more efficient from a bandwidth perspective.
At the center of this new wonderful speed up is the creation of a standard that attached location data to a DNS request so a user's request for content goes to a server nearby. This is definitely an upgrade as usually the content comes from the address of the DNS server and not the user's location. For example, an Austin, Texas-based customer who types in the URL for a YouTube video will share part of his IP address as part of the DNS request.
This way, the domain system server can route the request to a Google data center in Dallas, as opposed to one in Ireland. A simple solution, but would net great gains for people who have servers close to them. The new code goes into effect on Tuesday with 30 million OpenDNS users and Google's Public DNS service users visiting content hosted on the participating CDNs will immediately benefit.
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Clearmax is making headlines with the news of them using LTE and LTE Advanced as their primary 4G formats. The rollout will give Clearview peak speeds of 120Mbps or more and uses the existing 2.5GHz frequencies and network that it already uses. The new 120Mbps-capable network will be LTE at first, and then upgradeable to LTE Advanced when it becomes available and hit "at least" 100Mbps.
The costs of this upgrade should be quite low considering most of the network is being reused. In order to reach these speeds, Clearview had a few tricks up their sleeve such as carrier aggregation, or pooling together networks similar to what's used to get 42Mbps and 84Mbps HSPA+ on 3G. Not only is Clearview aiming for extra speed, but the upgrade should be an advantage for international access, Clearwire said. Where 2.5GHz WiMAX is mostly limited to the US, it's being used in various 4G rollouts across the world.
This means if it's pushed enough, Clearwire's bottom line could get much better as more equipment is made and hence sold, as it becomes more available.
Current Wireless modem not good enough? You should wait for some 802.22 goodness. IEEE just announced a new Wireless standard 802.22 that is capable of covering up to 12,000 square miles. The standard is actually for Wireless Regional Area Networks or WRAN which uses the white spaces left in the TV frequency spectrum.
The new wireless standard is meant to bring internet connectivity to large areas which are less densely populated that did not have previous coverage. The WRAN-standard will be capable of delivering up to 22Mbps without interfering with existing TV broadcast stations. The network is said to function with a series of base stations like current wireless networks, the customer will only require a small box installed in their house for internet access.
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London TweakTown readers unite! Virgin Media are testing the DOCSIS2-powered 1.5Gbps network in the heart of England. It is currently being enjoyed by a group of test sites around Old Street that also receive a 150Mbps upload connection. Virgin is claiming that it's the fastest broadband in the world, but I for one cannot agree to this without them giving me access to it. The best bit about this is that the technology delivering the 1.5Gbps is based off the same technology that is currently delivering 100Mbps services to residents across the country. So if the trial is successful, those crazy speeds should be rolled out to the rest of England.
Internode have announced their retail pricing for the NBN-based phone and broadband bundles packages, with prices ranging between $59.95 and $189.95. If you'd like the 100MB speeds, it will cost you a minimum of $100 per month. Internode were quick to say that the pricing for broadband could easily escalate, this is because of the flaws in NBNCo's wholesale charging model, compounded by the ACCC's "121 points of interconnect" decision.
Managing director of Internode, Simon Hackett, has criticised the NBNCo's wholesale fee of $20 per megabit per month, which is charged at the point where retail service providers physically connect to the NBN. He says:
This charge has simply been chosen to fill in an otherwise huge hole in the Federal Government policy requirement that the network return funds to the Commonwealth at a commercial rate and in a short time frame (relative to the expected lifetime of the network).
Apple is close to releasing updated models of their AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule products. The refreshed models are expected to be on shelves any day now. The AirPort Extreme comes in one flavor, with the Time Capsules coming in two flavours, both a 2TB and 3TB model. The Time Capsule devices are rumored to include a new software update caching feature that will store Mac OS and iOS updates on the Time Capsule's hard drive for installation on any network-based Mac/iOS device.
Also coming from Apple are new Mac minis, Mac Pros and MacBook Airs.
Seven customers have been connected to the National Broadband Network (NBN) trial services in Armidale ahead of the official launch. The launch of the NBN marks the start of trial customer services for various ISPs such as Telstra, iiNet, Internode and Primus. iINet and Internode have two customers each, Primus with a single lucky customer and Telstra has a "handful" of customers on NBN services.
Each telco had connected to the NBN on a trial basis with no cost to the customer (where's my invite?). iiNet has their two customers on 100Mbps services with 1TB of data per month. One of the iiNet customers said he would use his new 100Mbps NBN service to work from home. Peter Erskine is a researcher at the University of New England and has said:
Internode have finally launched their FetchTV internet video service with pricing that is quite competitive against competition such as iiNet. Internode are set to offer rival providers such as Optus and Adam Internet their Fetch TV service, a "full" version which offers customers complete access to FetchTV's streaming TV channels and a "lite" version which offers access to a library of on-demand movies from major movie studios as well as the normal free-to-air functions of the FetchTV set-top box.
Internode will charge $29.95 per month on a 24-month contract for customers to rent out the set-top box, or $14.95 per month for the Lite service. The set-top box can also be purchased outright for $399 with the full service then being available without a contract for a $19.95 per month fee or for the lite version, $5.95 per month.