- EU - Spectrum trading workshop +/-
(Analysys) A workshop was held on 11 December 2003 for all parties interested in the use of radio spectrum and its management. Those taking part included industry players, non-profit organisations, military and public authorities in charge of radio spectrum policy. During the workshop, the initial findings of the first phase of the spectrum trading study were discussed, and members of the audience gave their views on spectrum trading. Summary of the workshop: a resumé of the issues discussed. Main presentations by Analysys, DotEcon and Hogan & Hartson. Stakeholder presentations by guest speakers.
- FR - France Télécom et l'ART ŕ nouveau en désaccord sur une baisse de tarifs +/-
(ZDNet France) L'opérateur historique et le régulateur en chef des télécoms poursuivent leur guerre des nerfs. Cette fois la polémique porte sur le calcul exact d'une baisse de prix sur des appels passés d'un téléphone fixe vers les mobiles d'Orange et SFR.
- Report on the telecommunications services sector in EU candidate countries +/-
(Europa) The ten accession countries (which are scheduled to join the EU on 1/5/2004) and the three remaining candidate countries are all committed to liberalising their telecommunications markets. IBM Business Consulting Services (formerly PwC Consulting) was commissioned by the Directorate General Information Society of the European Commission to prepare four reports tracking the development of the telecommunications services markets in the EU candidate countries (Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Turkey). The 4th and final report of the series has just been released.
- ES - El 43,3 por ciento de las viviendas disponen de ordenador +/-
(Andalucía24Horas) El equipamiento de las tecnologías de la información y la comunicación continúa extendiéndose en las viviendas españolas. Según datos del segundo trimestre de 2003, el 43,3% de las viviendas dispone de algún tipo de ordenador, frente al 36,1% de hogares en el mismo periodo de 2002. En España existen 3.599.054 viviendas con acceso a Internet, lo que representa el 25,2% del total (17,4% en el segundo trimestre de 2002.
- Mobiles 'narrow information gap' +/-
(BBC) Mobile phones are helping to bridge the communications divide between the world's rich and poor, a report says. The Washington-based Worldwatch Institute says that in developing countries, the proportion of people with access to a phone has grown over the past 10 years by more than 25%. One in five of the world's population had used a mobile phone by 2002, it reports - up from one in 237 in 1992.
- Music sharing tops net searches +/-
(BBC) More people looked for information about the file-swapping program Kazaa than anything else on the net in 2003, according to search site Yahoo. It beat Harry Potter, Britney Spears and Eminem to top the list of the year's most popular searched-for terms. It shows that despite legal moves by the recording industry to clamp down on illegal music swapping, surfers are still interested in such software.
- Net users bypass browser +/-
(ZDNet UK) The Web may have popularised the Internet, but most users now connect to the Net using non-browser applications. Media players and instant-messaging applications are now by far the most popular Internet applications, dwarfing the Web browser, according to December figures from Nielsen//NetRatings. Seventy-six percent of active Internet users access the Net using a non-browser application.
- UK - 59 Million SMSs per day in November +/-
(ITU) According to the Mobile Data Association (MDA), the total number of chargeable person-to-person text messages sent per day across the four UK GSM networks during November reached 59 million. This figure represents the highest daily average the MDA have reported since they began collating data on behalf of the UK network operators in 1998.
- US broadband net continues growth +/-
(BBC) More US homes and businesses are switching on to high-speed net access that ever before. In the first six months of 2003, broadband connections via cable and phone lines, leapt 18% to 23.6m, said the Federal Communications Commission. Overall, there has been a 45% growth in US broadband connections, but unlike the UK, many more get it through cable access than phone lines. The US has about 170 million net users in total. FCC Press Release (PDF) and Full report (PDF, 3.7 MB).