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In this issue, we highlight growth trends in the telecom industry.
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Let's start with a market assessment from the FCC: The Federal Communications Commission has released data on the deployment of high-speed and advanced services, derived from required submissions of FCC Form The latest report covers data as of December 31, High-speed services, defined as data rates of at least Kbps in one direction, showed the most growth in the mobile wireless sector, nearly doubling from June to December of last year.
Overall, high-speed connections to the Internet increased by 27 percent during the second half offrom For the full twelve month period ending December 31,high speed connections increased by 61 percent or Mobile wireless showed the most gains. In December ofthere were 3. This grew to 11 million by June ofand nearly doubled by December of to just under 22 million. ADSL lines increased by 2. For the full year, ADSL lines increased by 5. According to the FCC, high population density has a positive association with high-speed subscriptions, and low population density has an inverse association.
For example, high-speed subscribers were reported to be present in more than 99 percent of the most densely populated Zip Codes and in 90 percent of Zip Codes with the lowest population densities. The comparable figure for the lowest-density Zip Codes was 88 percent a year earlier.
Such services offer limited downstream data rates of up to 1Mbps for a monthly fee of no more than 2, yen, including line rental and connection charges.
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Real Demand for Intrusion Detection Sensors and Surveillance Cameras Spurred by the growth of residential broadband access, many consumer electronics manufacturers have been intent on offering greater added value by linking up a variety of electronic and electric products over a network.
As yet, however, manufacturers have not discovered any strong or widespread demand for networked appliances.
Take household appliances, for example. Various ideas have been mooted for controlling appliances via the Internet, including presetting air conditioners and washing machines, delivering recipes to microwaves, and checking what's in the refrigerator. But it is not clear how much consumers might be willing to pay for such functions. Audio-visual equipment enabled for content delivery has similarly failed to open up any new possibilities in the market.
Against this background, anti-theft and surveillance functionality looks set to become an emerging trend in home networking in Surveillance functions include checking video and still pictures from surveillance cameras installed in the home via a mobile phone, receiving mobile phone alerts whenever anything unusual is detected by the sensors installed in the home to detect intruders or opening and closing of windows, and turning lights on and off remotely so that the house appears to be occupied.
A large number of vendors, such as Matsushita Electric Industrial Co, Ltd, have started selling Net-enabled security devices and home networking services. Unlike Internet appliances, security devices are apparently attracting an increasing number of users who want them, regardless of expense. But cost remains a significant issue. Installing a home controller and security devices entails an initial outlay of aroundyen toyen, plus central server access charges of approximately 1, yen to 2, yen per month.
Moreover, having installed the equipment, the user is still obliged to respond to any security breaches. Having security personnel come as required would require a separate contract with a security service. If authentication is successful, the user can then access the Website. The user must first download the i-Appli. Payment at e-commerce Web sites is generally a worrying and unsatisfactory business.
But the situation will completely change in The key to improvement is user authentication services and mobile phones. First of all, use of credit cards with authentication functionality will become widespread. Visa International took the initiative in July when it introduced the Visa authentication service, which permits payment only after cardholders have identified themselves by password.
Other credit card companies have started similar services. Services utilizing mobile phones rather than credit cards promise even greater security and operability. The user inserts the UIM into a mobile phone, and the Kei-Credit service reads the data via software installed inside the phone. Even more sophisticated authentication functions based on fingerprints have emerged too. In NovemberJCB Co, Ltd launched a trial that utilizes the fingerprint authentication capability provided in mobile handsets when users access the MyJCB site for cardholders with mobile accounts Photo 1.
Mobile phones will also make electronic money more convenient. For example, with the emergence of mobile handsets equipped with the FeliCa contactless smart card, users should be able to deposit money and make credit payments online via the "Edy" electronic money service using just their mobile phone.
Consumers who bought beef can access the Website http: By entering the ID written on the beef label, the consumer can then check the meat's history. In Julythe government announced the second phase of its "e-Japan strategy" with the goal of making Japan a leading IT nation by The plan aims to establish lifestyle amenities and social infrastructure based on information technology.
Central government agencies along with local authorities, medical institutions, the private sector, and various other community organizations are now involved in efforts to realize an IT society. The National Tax Agency has systematized the filing of blue returns and tax payment procedures, and will start operating the "e-Tax" electronic tax declaration system.
The Nagoya Regional Taxation Bureau will start accepting e-Tax declarations in Februaryfollowed by all other tax bureaus in June or thereafter. In Augustthe Cabinet Office announced its "e-Japan Priority Policy Program," spelling out in practical detail the second phase of the e-Japan strategy. The program sets out the planned initiatives and quantitative targets in seven categories.
Among these, the food category is one that will develop significantly in A traceability system for foodstuffs will be introduced, enabling consumers to check the producing area and distribution route of a food product via a Website.
The main concern is domestically produced beef. The system was prompted by the BSE mad cow disease scare and has led to the exposure of illegal labeling. On Dec 1,the government instigated special measures relating to the management and communication of information for identifying individual cows, and launched a beef traceability system Photo 2. Distributors, retailers, and restaurants will have to comply with beef ID labeling requirements by December The project aims to help people in Southeast and South Asia browse the Internet using their local language.
Both companies' have the same immediate aim to enhance the recognition of investors in the firm and to make money.
But their long-term goals are different, according to Han. Webzen is looking for a new source of revenue like its local competitor and business leader NCSoft, which keeps trying to make inroads in the American market.
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Much of the growth will come from the Asia-Pacific region, specifically China and India. The company said that the total number of lines rose to more than 89 million in September, an increase of more than 10 million lines. A spokesman said that the same percentage growth in the fourth quarter of would push the global total of lines past million, making broadband Internet one of the fastest growing technologies in history.
Working together at Oracle Corp. The overarching goal to is to build Linux standards in the Asian market, the companies said. Red Flag, a Linux operating system vendor, and Miracle Linux, a Linux server operating system developer, will individually distribute and market Asianux and plan to base new products such as Red Flag DC 4. Miracle Linux and Red Flag, along with Oracle, will offer joint technical support for all Asianux-based products.
Oracle owns a Representatives from Red Flag and Miracle Linux couldn't immediately comment on when products using Asianux will be available. Hardware and software from Oracle and other companies that take advantage of Asianux will be certified at Oracle's China Development Center.
The advantage of such a joint certification program will be in getting products to market in a more timely fashion while offering consumers a greater choice of software and hardware products using Linux, the companies said.