Editor’s note: Richard Bennett is a Senior Fellow with the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and co-author of ITIF’s 2013 report, “The Whole Picture: Where America’s Broadband Networks Really Stand.” Follow him on Twitter @iPolicy.
We’ve all heard the story: America’s broadband networks are second-rate.
According to a recent comScore report, the Amazon Kindle Fire makes up over 50% of the Android tablet market. A recent study shows that the 7-inch slate nearly doubled its sales from December to February 2012, maintaining 54.4% at the end of the month. Samsung’s family of Galaxy Tabs take the second spot and sits at only 15.4% of the market, down from 23.8% in December.
A Study of the French market for ultra fast broadband services has failed to identify any short term demand drivers and says that the widespread availability of today's services at reasonable cost will suppress demand. (Malcolm Turnbull will love this!)
There’s been broader adoption of mobile broadband connectivity for portable computers in the US market beyond the traditional mobile worker over the past 18 months, with IDC now predicting that market to continue to grow significantly through to 2014.
Anyone who thought that Australian politics was boring before last weekend is probably now having second thoughts. Whichever party gets to form government, however, one thing is certain: rural and regional Australia are finally going to get decent broadband. The question remains what sort?