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Here’s a sobering fact: Many of the most important innovations we depend on hinge on a fast Internet connection. And yet not all countries are delivering on the speed we need now—let alone what we’ll require in the future.
Setting aside the issue of access in developing regions—which, in itself, is a major problem worthy of focused attention—the disparities in broadband speeds between advanced nations speak to how well they’re prepared for an increasingly connected future.
Take the United States. Americans stream more video than ever. Most of our future smart homes will rely on broadband. We store more of our files from our smartphones, tablets, and laptops in the cloud, and our carriers push us to use Wi-Fi instead of cellular networks for data.
Some smartphones even allow for Wi-Fi calling, including several Android devices and the latest Apple phones.
All of these scenarios require fast Internet connections at home and on the go.
America Barely Online
And yet, the U.S. doesn’t even rank in the top 10 for global broadband speeds, according to Akamai’s “State of the Internet Report,” a survey covering the first three months of 2014.
Where’s the fastest Internet? The report reveals that South Korea, which is heavily urbanized with wired-up apartment buildings, offers the fastest broadband, with an average connection speed of 23.6 megabits per second, or Mbps.
Meanwhile, the U.S. weighs in with an average of 10.5 Mbps. While that will do for an ordinary video stream, Netflix recommends 25 Mbps for Ultra HD video—and you’re in trouble if multiple family members are watching different videos over the same connection.
The U.S. can’t even measure up to Latvia (12.0 Mbps), the Czech Republic (11.2 Mbps) and Finland (10.7).
And American broadband is more expensive, too.
According to a 2013 report by the nonprofit policy institute New America Foundation, we pay nearly three times more for broadband than customers in the United Kingdom, and more than five times as much as users in South Korea.
As Akamai notes, there are a number of factors which go into calculating average connection speeds. But as a big-picture snapshot of where the state of broadband speeds stand, it doesn’t look too good for the U.S., despite many of today’s hottest Internet companies calling it home.
At least we’re not Australia, which lands even further off the chart. The survey pegs the country’s average speed at 6.0 Mbps, despite the fact that it has the most expensive broadband in the world. (Aussies, you can thank Telstra for that.)
Now, even faster, next-generation gigabit broadband networks loom large. Though not quite commonplace yet, that seems to be where the next great leap in Internet connectivity lies. And the countries that prioritize fast speeds, and the infrastructure to support it, could be in the best position to bring those pipes to more of its citizens.
Below, you’ll see a map covering the top 55 countries by Internet speed, according to Akamai’s report, and a chart listing the top 10, with the U.S. added for good measure. Enjoy. Or not.
Infographic by Madeleine Weiss for ReadWrite
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No one doubts anymore that Amazon Web Services is a big deal. But few appreciate just how unprecedented its growth has been. In fact, no other software business in history has grown as fast past the billion-dollar mark as AWS, as Businessweek’s Ashlee Vance points out.
Such growth is particularly astounding given the doubts Amazon has had to overcome relative to security, performance and more. Today those concerns seem puny compared to the overarching convenience AWS provides developers.
Just How Big Is Amazon Web Services?
Rumors have swirled for years about AWS growth. Pacific Crest Securities now believes AWS will approach $5 billion in revenue in 2014, and top $6.7 billion in 2015.
That’s big, obviously, but the growth is even more impressive: Pacific Crest expects AWS revenue to increase 58% this year to nearly $5 billion from $3.1 billion in 2013, up from just $1.9 billion in 2012. For those doing the math at home, this means AWS revenue is doubling every two years.
It’s also much faster than other explosive software businesses have managed. (I tend to discount the Google line below since its primary business is advertising, not software; your mileage may vary.)
As Gartner has pointed out, this translates into 5X the utilized compute capacity of its next 15 largest competitors. While that multiple may have changed a bit since Gartner analyst Lydia Leong calculated it in 2013, what with Microsoft’s Azure growth and Google’s technical and pricing challenges.
But AWS remains the pillar of cloud size and growth.
What Makes AWS Tick?
We’ve rehearsed the reasons before. While competitors like Microsoft try to paint AWS as a complex beast that is unwieldy and difficult to use, the reality is that AWS remains the developer’s preferred option for “getting stuff done.” Companies worry this results in them having less control.
They’re right. But that’s the point.
As Forrester has outlined, getting things done fast – regardless of enterprise concerns over control – is the top reason developers and their businesses turn to the cloud in the first place:
While this originally meant that developers turned to AWS mostly for dev and test workloads, Pacific Crest analyst Brent Bracelin notes that “2014 is shaping up to be a turning point for cloud adoption in the enterprise, moving beyond new application test and development to more critical workloads.”
For those who think this only applies to small companies—sorry, the facts say otherwise. As just one example among many, I recently heard a senior IT executive at a Fortune 50 bank talk about how its traditional systems—while great for running the bank as is—were failing to help the bank innovate. He has therefore embraced cloud as a way to drive a closer alignment between development and operations and to accelerate the speed of application development.
We’re going to see this happen again and again and again, especially given the complexity of running applications at serious scale, as Box has discovered.
AWS isn’t exploding because of some fluke. It’s booming to the tune of $5 billion precisely because it delivers superior convenience to developers and the organizations smart enough to support them.
Image by Flickr user Hammerin Man, CC 2.0
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This morning the IAB released its full year 2013 report on digital ad revenue. Last year online advertising generated $42.8 billion, which exceeded broadcast TV for the first time, by nearly $3 billion. However broadcast and cable TV combined were worth $74.5 billion. After TV (as a whole) the…
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What’s The Fastest Way To Make Money? Video!
Are you using video on your website? If not, you missing out on what is now considered the fastest way to make money. With more people using the internet than ever before, you’re missing out on a lot of profits that you can have with video on your website.
Video has basically has outperformed text as the way that people want to get information from a website. You can use the viral marketing method and submit your videos to different submission sites.
This will provide you with more exposure than you could probably handle. That’s a good thing; that means the more visitors you get, the better chance they turn into customers. In particular, if they are PLR videos, you can create your own brand by editing them to your specifications.
Branding videos is pretty easy to do. It can set you apart from the other PLR videos that are not edited. Branding can help you to rake in a lot of cash. When you brand a video, you are essentially creating your own personality.
People will be able to see the real you and any products that you may be offering. In order for you to make money, you have you brand the videos with your affiliate link.
Using videos that you have branded provide the visitor with a quick connection with you and the website. Another advantages of videos being the fastest way to make money is that if Google likes them, your website will be in the search engines in no time.
With branded videos, people will be able to see a face with the voice. You would be face to face with that person, even though your face would be on video. That personal connection would still be there. That’s what’s important and will help to keep the relationship and ultimately make plenty of money.
Video is very powerful which is why it is considered the fastest way to make money. You could show a branded video one minute and the next minute they may be ordering soemting from you. That’s just how much clout people have when it comes down to this. Having videos can also help with your creditability.
Many people may not have gotten acquainted with you before now. However, with the video, they will know a little more about you and what you are promoting. Keep in mind, the video should not be a blatant promotion.
That will turn people away and your money will go elsewhere. It only takes a few minutes to edit the video to keep your brand flowing and continuing to make money for you.