In general, I think it is important to reach a sort of trade off and agreement with local culture in terms of services apps provider would like to provide and privacy to ensure.
One week ago for example in Bucharest Google has launched street view service (as of today available for the biggest cities within the country), before doing that they full accomplished with local rules on privacy so few locations appear "grayed" on the map.
This way, service is running and available and anyone is upset and in Europe it is a very common approach.
I believe security is also an important issue for Europeans and this may be another reason why many have not adopted the technology as well as we have seen in other parts of the world. I believe there are people in Germany, for instance, that have protested the idea of having their houses, streets and work places featured on Google map. I haven't heard of such protests in North America. Do you think Europeans have reasons to be wary in adopting this technology?
Several discussions are in progress abroad, especially in Europe, for the fact broadand devolopment plans could potentially support in starting a recovery phase to fight current financial crisis.
Checking deeply latest studies by most important advisors which are supporting Governments in the process it seems there si another side of the coin to take in consideration.
Inside an european country G8member, the focus wasn't on rural zones but on people covered yet by XDSL or fiber. Following the results:
-40% of them don't use Internet because are not interest in or are not aware of Internet potentiality -12% of them do shopping on line versus 37% as european average -4% of firms promote sales on lines versus 12% as european average
Right now, is broadband the way on which leverage the recovery or in parallel Governments could evaluate also to support that path promoting seriously Internet usage?
Well, each one gets his opinion, anyway CNNTech reported on December9th "cyber war" could be not really far. As consequence, security paradigm even for residential subscribers can be moved a lot toward new pattern then now and maybe Internet providers are going to change their offering in the sense driver won't the pipe but services related (i.e. managed security services) to possible avoid events such Anna mentioned to us. Furthermore, managed security services from providers in Europe are still an extra-fee to pay for residential users. What about in UK or US?
Somebody has "Wikileaked" me! Soon after writing the article "Europe Accelerates Broadband Ramp," my Internet access became spotty for one day and shut down completely for two extra days. I am just recovering from this now. This brought me to the conclusion that Europe needs not just faster and better broadband access, we also need competition and multiple sources for Internet access. I
look forward to the day when Internet access becomes so easily available that companies market content and discard forcing customers to pay for the pipes. I mean, water companies charge for water not the pipes. Right?
Hi mferptozzi, I als had this thought. European union has so many countries involved and many of them are pretty strong in their decision making. Definitely it would be difficult to come to a common understanding and roadmap.Everyone would decide what works well for their people and geography.
Scenario within countries mentioned by Anna is very different: in UK access network is whole in charge to only one player and all providers need to agree with him in terms of technology, planning and so on. In Italy there are on the ground several players, each one holds indipendently access, transport and core layer: any steps to ramp broadband requires full agreement among them and political wishes. At this stage there a critical point to cross: a huge part of public funds are focused on recovery plan to support financial crisis within Europe then push from that side is currently limited. Am I completely wrong on this analysis?
its interesting to know that european countries are lagging in broadband. may be thry have different priorities but in today's world its almost impossible to stay away from advancing your telecom needs.
Yes Anna, you are right. When compare with any other countries especially with US, many part of European counties have a lesser density for the broadband connectivity. During my college days even getting a 128 Kbps speed is quiet high and expensive. Recently I happen to see an advertisement in one of the media that, some of the broadband companies are offering broadband with a speed of 32 and 64 Mbps on demand. The best funny thing is that, the minimum speed offering by that particular company is 2 Mbps.
But when it comes to data connectivity in Mobile, the maximum speed available is up to 7.2 Mbps either it is 3G or 4G. So we have to identify the bottle neck for further enhancement and to increase the speed. Now a day’s almost all mobile phones & communication gadgets are coming with a support up to 7.2 Mbps HSDPA data. So here also further developments are limited, because of the unavailability of spectrum.
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