Australia falls to 62nd in global broadband rankings, but is doing much better in mobile data at 5th place. Expert says issue is not a question of size as nations of similar sizes do better. The 2013 decision to change technologies used in the National Broadband Network is key to understanding how it all went wrong. Australia is now ranked in the 62nd spot in the global broadband speed rankings, falling down three spots from last year and well behind similar advanced economies. According to the Ookla Speedtest Global Index, Australia ranks behind Kazakstan and Cape Verde, but above Jordan, Brazil and Saudi Arabia, with an average download speed of 35.11 Mbps. This is well below the global average download speed of 57.91 Mbps. The top spot is held by Singapore on 199.62 Mbps, followed by Hong Kong at 168.69 Mbps and Monaco at 137.86 Mbps. However, Australia does rank much better in mobile broadband, at 5th place – with a speed of 58.87 Mbs. Norway took out the top spot … [Read more...] about Australia falls to the ridiculously-low 62nd place in global internet speed rankings
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Google Station, a global free Wi-Fi initiative of the Internet giant, appears to have made its presence felt at several universities in some major Vietnamese cities. Google Station allows partners to roll out Wi-Fi hotspots in public places by providing software and advice on hardware to turn fiber connections into Wi-Fi. It was first implemented in India in December 2016, and has then extended its reach to Indonesia, Mexico, Thailand, Nigeria and the Philippines. Vietnam might be the seventh country in the world and the fifth in Asia to receive Google Station-powered free Wi-Fi services. Several students at Vietnamese universities such as the Electric Power University in Hanoi, the University of Technology in the central city of Da Nang, the Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology and Education, and the Post and Telecommunications Institute of Technology in Ho Chi Minh City have reported that they have been using Google free Wi-Fi service at their campuses since earlier this week. … [Read more...] about Business Google tests expansion of free Wi-Fi service to Vietnam: report Ho Chi Minh City to allow households to sell solar power to grid
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper DealBook | JPMorgan Chase Tests Own Cryptocurrency, the First for a Big U.S. Bank DealBook Supported by ByMichael J. de la Merced and Nathaniel Popper Feb. 14, 2019 In 2017, Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan Chase’s chief executive, declared Bitcoin a “fraud” and said that any employee caught trading it would be fired for being “stupid.” On Thursday, JPMorgan became the first major United States bank to introduce its own digital token for real-world use, the latest step in Wall Street’s evolving approach to the blockchain technology that underpins cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ether. Despite questioning Bitcoin’s legitimacy, Mr. Dimon has said he recognizes blockchain’s potential in the future of the global financial system. And JPMorgan has already released a blockchain … [Read more...] about JPMorgan Chase Tests Own Cryptocurrency, the First for a Big U.S. Bank
By Josh Chin WSJ Sat., Feb. 9, 2019 The global internet is splitting in two. One side, championed in China, is a digital landscape where mobile payments have replaced cash. Smartphones are the devices that matter, and users can shop, chat, bank and surf the web with one app. The downsides: The government reigns absolute, and it is watching—you may have to communicate with friends in code. And don’t expect to access Google or Facebook. On the other side, in much of the world, the internet is open to all. Users can say what they want, mostly, and web developers can roll out pretty much anything. People accustomed to China’s version complain this other internet can seem clunky. You must toggle among apps to chat, shop, bank and surf the web. Some websites still don’t seem to be designed with smartphones in mind. The two zones are beginning to clash with the advent of the superfast new generation of mobile technology called 5G. China aims to be … [Read more...] about The Internet, Divided Between the U.S. and China, Has Become a Battleground.
By Andy Pasztor The Wall Street Journal Sun., Dec. 30, 2018 U.S. air-safety regulators have announced plans for industry-government pilot projects to test airborne identification of drones, the latest bid to accelerate development of such systems nationwide. The new Federal Aviation Administration program, spelled out in a Federal Register notice earlier this month, envisions creating up to eight company-financed prototype projects to examine various options. The goal is to verify technologies and provide real-world data to hasten broader regulatory steps aimed at significantly expanding commercial uses of unmanned aircraft. Lessons learned from the tests—which at this point have no public price tag or timetable—are intended to counter widespread industry complaints that the FAA has moved too slowly and cautiously in establishing mandatory rules for remote identification of drones. “This is a really positive signal that the FAA is accelerating its … [Read more...] about FAA launches test program to speed up drone identification rules