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Mobile networks in Africa: Video accounts for less than 6% of traffic

Posted by African Press International on November 14, 2013

Mobile networks in Africa: Video accounts for less than 6% of traffic, but is expected to grow faster than in any other region – Report

Blackberry email and BBM messaging accounts for over 13% of traffic across Africa

CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa, November 11, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ – Sandvine, (TSX:SVC) (http://www.sandvine.com) a leading provider of intelligent broadband network solutions for fixed and mobile operators, today released its Internet traffic trends report, entitled “Global Internet Phenomena Report 2H2013″ (https://www.sandvine.com/trends/global-internet-phenomena), based on data from a selection of Sandvine’s 250-plus service provider customers spanning North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Caribbean and Latin America and Asia-Pacific. Sandvine’s Global Internet Phenomena Report is published twice a year.

“For the first time ever, peer-to-peer file sharing has fallen below 10% of total traffic in North America, which is a stark difference from the 60% share it consumed 11 years ago,” said Dave Caputo, CEO, Sandvine.  “Since 2009 on-demand entertainment has consumed more bandwidth than “experience later” applications like peer-to-peer file sharing and we had projected it would inevitably dip below 10% of total traffic by 2015. It’s happened much faster. This phenomena, combined with the related rise in video applications like Netflix and YouTube, underscores a big reason why Sandvine’s business has grown beyond traffic management to new service creation.”

Sandvine’s Global Internet Phenomena Report 2H2013 includes findings from fixed and mobile networks around the world.

•          Video accounts for less than 6% of traffic in mobile networks inAfrica, but is expected to grow faster than any other region before it.

•          Blackberry use in Africa? Blackberry email and BBM messaging accounts for over 13% of traffic across the continent.

•          Average monthly mobile usage in Asia-Pacific now exceeds 1 gigabyte, driven by video, which accounts for 50% of peak downstream traffic. This is more than double the 443 megabyte monthly average in North America.

•          In Europe, Netflix, less than two years since launch, now accounts for over 20% of downstream traffic on certain fixed networks in the British Isles. It took almost four years for Netflix to achieve 20% of data traffic in the United States.

•          Instagram and Dropbox are now top-ranked applications in many regions across the globe. In mobile networks in Latin America, Instagram, due to the recent addition of video, is now the 7th top ranked downstream application, making it a prime candidate for inclusion in tiered data plans which are popular in the region.

•          Netflix (31.6%) holds its ground as the leading downstream application in North America and together with YouTube (18.6%) accounts for over 50% of downstream traffic on fixed networks.

•          P2P Filesharing now accounts for less than 10% of total daily traffic in North America. Five years ago it accounted for over 31%.

“You have to be in Africa to understand Africa. Sandvine now has customers in 20 countries within Africa and we are pleased to include truly representative data on this high-growth market in this year’s report,” said Mr. Caputo. “The African market is especially unique, as most users are connecting to the Internet for the first time through mobile devices, and using applications like Skype, Facebook and WhatsApp. In other parts of the world, new users have first connected to the Internet via a fixed line.   While video is a small part of mobile bandwidth in the region today, we predict Africa will be the fastest video adopter and operators will respond with creative device-and application-based service tiers.”

GLOBAL INTERNET PHENOMENA REPORT METHODOLOGY

Sandvine’s Global Internet Phenomena Reports are based on a representative cross-section of Sandvine’s data from a selection of Sandvine’s 250-plus customers spanning North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Caribbean and Latin America and Asia-Pacific.  Data is gathered over a one-month period and is completely subscriber-anonymous.  No identifiable information of any kind, including IP addresses are collected during the study.  Sandvine’s network equipment analyzes data from an application utilization level and is not content aware.

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ABOUT SANDVINE

Sandvine’s network policy control solutions (http://www.sandvine.com) add intelligence to fixed, mobile and converged communications service provider networks to enable services that can increase revenue and reduce network costs. Powered by Sandvine’s Policy Engine and SandScript policy language, Sandvine’s networking equipment performs end-to-end policy control functions including traffic classification, and policy decision and enforcement across the data, control and business planes.  Sandvine’s products provide actionable business insight, the ability to deploy new subscriber services and tools to optimize traffic while enhancing subscriber Internet quality of experience.

Sandvine’s network policy control solutions are deployed in more than 250 networks in over 90 countries, serving hundreds of millions of data subscribers worldwide, http://www.sandvine.com.

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FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Certain statements in this release which are not historical facts constitute forward-looking statements or forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws (“forward-looking statements”) and are made pursuant to the “safe harbour” provisions of such laws. Statements related to potential benefits of, and demand for, Sandvine’s products are forward looking statements which are subject to certain assumptions, risks and uncertainties that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Sandvine to differ materially from the results, performance, achievements or developments expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such statements.

SOURCE

Sandvine Incorporated

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India: Kerala Police honoured

Posted by African Press International on October 28, 2013

Kerala police has been selected for the Asia-Pacific information security leadership Achievement award 2013 for its innovative and timely initiatives in ensuring cyber security.

The award will be handed over to state police chief K S Balasubramaniyam at Trivandapuram. The award was meant for the initiative of the police to spread awareness on cyber security, investing their time and energy to monitor and educate the people of different segments of the society.

 

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Trade deal will not hinder access to cheap drugs

Posted by African Press International on October 10, 2013

BALI,  – A wide-ranging Asia-Pacific free trade agreement will not hinder access to affordable medication, the US commerce secretary said on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit that concluded on 8 October in Bali, Indonesia. 

“Obviously the United States wants the world population to have access to good medicines, so we’re not trying to stand in the way of that,” said Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker.

But activists remain concerned after the closed-door trade talks concluded among Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, and the most recent country to enter the talks, Japan.

In advance of the negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), medical NGO Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) urged countries not to bow to US intellectual property demands.

MSF accused the US government of proposing “the most egregious intellectual property provisions ever seen in a proposed trade deal”, and warned in a recent press release against a situation where “leaders trade away health” and harm access to affordable medication.

“In the TPP, the US is demanding countries to go beyond their international obligations [under the World Trade Organization’s Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights – TRIPS] and grant patent monopolies for longer periods, and to grant new non-patent based monopolies [such as data exclusivity],” Judit Ruis, an MSF manager in the US, told IRIN.

The agency says US proposals in the TPP negotiations create ways for multinational pharmaceutical companies to extend their patents on medicines through a common pharmaceutical industry practice known as “evergreening” – which would guarantee these companies’ continued stranglehold on the market.

By blocking competition from cheaper generic drugs, such an extension will keep medicine prices high for longer, according to MSF.

Ruis said pharmaceutical companies in the US have demanded 12 years of data exclusivity for “biologics”, which are medical products (like vaccines) consisting of living matter such as human cells, bacteria and yeast.

US trade representatives declined to comment on the negotiations.

Whose property?

Intellectual property is one of several areas TPP countries are still debating. They had agreed to reinforce TRIPS, which allows countries to override patents – for public health purposes – by issuing “compulsory licenses” that enable the generic manufacture of drugs still under patent.

Ruis said TRIPS, in effect since 1994, has increased the cost of medical care and made innovation more difficult.

Intellectual property matters to be finalized for the TPP include: trademarks, geographical indications, copyright and related rights, patents, trade secrets, data required for the approval of certain regulated products, as well as intellectual property enforcement, genetic resources and traditional knowledge.

TPP countries had agreed to include in the final agreement a commitment to the Doha Declaration on TRIPS and Public Health signed in 2011, which seeks “to promote access to medicines for all”.

But this pledge is not enough for MSF, which has raised concern that the US is proposing differential treatment on intellectual property, temporarily exempting the poorest countries in negotiations from some of the provisions.

“However, this would still leave these countries with intellectual property provisions that far exceed what is required under international trade rules, which themselves are already choking off the supply of affordable medicines in developing countries,” the NGO warned.

US Commerce Secretary Pritzker noted otherwise. “The objective of the TPP is to create a high quality agreement and to create standards so that those who create intellectual property have appropriate protection around the world.”

Business interests, notably the pharmaceutical industry, have criticized compulsory licensing decrees implemented by Indonesia and India as unwarranted, even moving to block a compulsory license recently in India for a cancer drug, according to a pharmaceutical industry trade publication.

The US government is seeking to boost through TPP exports to the Asia-Pacific region, which includes 800 million people and accounts for roughly 40 percent of global trade (and where some 60 percent of US goods are already exported).

US Trade Representative Michael Froman said in Bali that delegates made significant progress on the pact, and the US remains hopeful a deal will be reached by the end of the year.

Negotiators are expected to meet in November to address remaining contentious issues.

atp/pt/cb  source http://www.irinnews.org

 

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