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Bandwidth

Bandwidth: Bandwidth refers to how much data you can send through a network or modem connection. It is usually measured in bits per second, or "bps." You can think of bandwidth as a highway with cars travelling on it. The highway is the network connection and the cars are the data. The wider the highway, the more cars can travel on it at one time. Therefore more cars can get to their destinations faster. The same principle applies to computer data - the more bandwidth, the more information that can be transferred within a given amount of time. (Source: www.techterms.com)

Compare DSL, Leased Line and Ethernet – Internet Access Buyers Guide


Section: Research
This buyer's guide is for those that need help with deciding on the right business connectivity solution.    Choosing which type of dedicated internet access service is the best fit for your organisation depends upon your budget, your organisation’s connectivity and bandwidth needs, the type of network applications which are most typically used and the future plans of your organisation.    Traditional ...   read more

Never Mind the Connection Speed, Measure the Connection Quality


Section: Research
In today’s Internet world dominated by on demand Voice, Video and IP-TV, the key to good connection performance is consistent throughput – not fast speeds. Knowing your Internet speed is slow without providing the means to help resolve the problem is of little value When discussing Internet connectivity problems the number one complaint is always about speed or the lack of it. End-users relay the same message over and over again, and quite frequently users with Intern ...   read more

How Ethernet First Mile can reduce leased line costs


Section: Articles
Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM), also known as IEEE 802.3ah, is defined as a collection of protocols specified in IEEE 802.3, defining the Ethernet in the access networks, i.e. first or last mile.   The first mile (also called the last mile, the subscriber access network, or the local loop), is the link between the end user and the public network. On a typical LAN setting DSL and cable modems operate at a modest 5-10% of the LAN setup’s total capacity which c ...   read more

Do IT professionals still have their heads in the clouds?


Section: Articles
According to a Cloud.com survey of IT professionals, yes, they do. At this point in the evolution of the increasingly pervasive dotcloud boom, the discussion has changed from whether to move to the cloud, to how to implement the cloud. Among those CTOs surveyed, scalability, elasticity, and the need to accommodate fluct ...   read more

Broadband Performance Testing Tools


Section: Articles
Tools to help you accurately measure broadband connection performance Connection Speed TestAccurately measures connection speed and quality. Test from a number of locations worldwide  read more

Leased Line Pricing


Section: Articles
For this report, we asked vendors to price three scenarios with the option of either supplying Internet access through their MPLS cloud, or connecting it to the main IT office of an organisation. Each vendor was given the same site locations to quote for.   The following is extracted from the Research Report entitled:  read more

Don't forget the network


Section: Research
The overall IT networking requirements of a given organisation are not provided as a single utility. Instead they comprise a constantly evolving patchwork of technology and services, some maintained in-house and some provided by third parties, the availability and performance of which are often taken for granted until something goes wrong. Over time this ‘network’ has become embedded in nearly every business process; when the network fails the processes fail too. To prevent this ...   read more

WAN Application Delivery is the Key to Making Angry Birds Fly


Section: Articles
WAN application delivery—and by necessity, related issues such as data quality, monitoring and optimisation, is one of the biggest behind-the-scenes technologies in the marketplace. It may not get the media attention as do the angry birds that populate the latest mobile games, but how this market shakes out may well make the difference on whether your angry birds catapult across the sky on a timely basis.   According to IDC, WAN application delivery is one of ...   read more

4G Auction Bidders Announced


Section: News
Ofcom has announced the companies who will be allowed to put in bids for 4G services in the upcoming 4G spectrum auction. The auction, which is the largest sale of mobile airwaves ever in the UK, will allow the following companies to bid for a part of the spectrum: EE (UK); HKT (UK) Limited; 3G; MLL Telecoms and Niche Spectrum Ventures (both subsidiaries of BT), Telefonica and Vodafone. The auction is due to take place next month and bidders will be "competing” to acqu ...   read more

4G Launch Disappointing in some Areas


Section: News
EE’s 4G launched today in ten cities across the UK and has received mixed reviews from those testing it, most due to reach, rather than speed, which appears to be as impressive in some parts as promised. However, a poll carried out by The Telegraph suggests that many people won’t bother switching until it becomes available from all ...   read more

4G Spectrum Bidding Begins


Section: News
Ofcom has confirmed that applications have been opened for mobile operators to put in bids for the 4G auction, the largest ever sell-off of the mobile spectrum in the UK. The bidding process only had a short window into which to submit their applications, between 10:00am and 16:00pm yesterday, potential bidders also had to provide an initial deposit of £100,000. Ed Richards, Ofcom read more

4G Won't Affect Short-Range Devices


Section: News
Concerns that the introduction of 4G will affect short-range devices, such as hearing aids and alarm clocks, have been allayed in a new study by Ofcom which found LTE handsets won’t be powerful enough to produce enough interference. The auction for the 4G spectrum is to begin later on this year, although it’s unlikely that we will see any 4G services until late next year. The concern over interference has come about due to one of the "uplink bands” being close to the spectrum ...   read more

5G and Translation Glasses for Tokyo 2020


Section: News
A 5G network which is 100 times faster than LTE and glasses that make instant translations were just two of the innovations unveiled at this week's CEATEC 2013 IT and electronics show in Tokyo, with the promise that both will be available for the 2020 Olympic games to be held in Tokyo. NTT Docomo will be launching both products and it's thought that the company is currently hoping ...   read more

5G Research Begins


Section: News
The 4G row has now been settled and last week we reported that we could see the new mobile broadband service rolling out to some cities at the end of this month, thanks to the existing spectrum owned by EE, who will begin offering the service before the Ofcom auction at the end of the year. Now, Surrey University has received a £35m investment from mobile operators, infrastructure providers and the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund to begin looking into 5G. Work to ...   read more

Amazon now offers Dedicated Network Connection in UK


Section: News
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has begun its Direct Connect service in the UK region with a dedicated direct internet service and a London-based data centre. Amazon’s dedicated network will allow organisations to connect directly to its network, from their datacentre or co-location operations without a public internet service provider. The Direct Connect services will prove advantageous to small businesses as well as large organisations, as it will lower network costs as well as ...   read more

BBC Sports Hits Olympic Record


Section: News
BBC Sports hit a record high of 55 million visitors during the Olympic Games, accessed from devices all over the world, with a fair majority from the UK at 37 million. During the Games, there were also 106 million requests for online video, compared to 32 million during the Beijing games. BBC Olympic smartphone app was also downloaded by almost 2m people across a variety of mobile platforms. The busiest day overall was the 3 August, when Jessica Ennis featured at the b ...   read more

BT Kills Off Traffic Management


Section: News
BT has announced that it is to make all but its cheapest products truly unlimited with no restrictions on speeds to be made even at peak times. The move is intended to allow customers better streaming, gaming and using "other bandwidth-eating applications” without going over their download limits or receiving an inferior service. Whilst BT currently offer unlimited packages already, these are often restricted at busy times of the day so that people have trouble using s ...   read more

BT: London 2012 Most Connected Games Ever


Section: News
As the 2012 Olympic Games swiftly approach, BT has detailed some of the challenges that they and others involved in the technology side of the Games have faced over the past four years. The communications company will be providing telephone and data connections to Olympic venues, as well as the athlete’s village and Olympic Park. BT said that London 2012 will be "the most connected games ever” and that they have done everything they can to ensure that the infrastructure is in pl ...   read more

Cisco and Citrix in desktop virtualization partnership


Section: News
IT heavyweights Cisco and Citrix have formed a new desktop virtualization alliance that is expected to improve the deployment of large IT infrastructure solutions. The firms are also hoping that the partnership will result in significant virtualization optimisation - particularly when it comes to virtual desktop deployments over wide area ...   read more

Competition Increases in UK Broadband Market


Section: News
Telecom regulators Ofcom has announced today that the UK broadband market has reached a new milestone in the level of competition, with ‘unbundled’ lines using BT’s copper network reaching 9 million. Superfast broadband, which uses fibre optic cables to the cabinet is also beginning to see competition take hold, as the technology becomes more freely available around the country. This is expected to see a rapid increase over the course of the coming months, read more

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