According to the latest Measuring the Information Society report by ITU, there are 363 million digital natives across the globe, or 5.2 per cent of world population, in 2012. And of the world’s young population, some 30 per cent of them are digital natives.
ITU defines digital natives as “as the population of networked youth – aged 15-24 years – with five or more years of online experience.” This is the first time ITU attempts to quantify the number of digital natives in 180 economies across the globe.
For three years in a row, South Korea tops the ICT development ranking by ITU. Sweden ranked second, followed by Iceland, Denmark and Finland.
ITU has developed ICT Development Index (IDI) to measure development progress across countries, in terms of level of access, usage among citizens and skills among 157 economies worldwide.
There are five Asian economies represented in the top 20, namely South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Macao and Singapore. Most countries in the Asia region have declined in the IDI 2012 ranking compared to 2011 (see below). However, Mongolia (up 5 places) and Bangladesh (up 4 places) are two of the most dynamic countries in world, in terms of IDI improvements.
By the end of 2013, there will be a total of 2.7 billion Internet users and 6.8 billion mobile-cellular subscriptions in the world, according to the latest Measuring the Information Society report by United Nations’ ITU.
The mobile-broadband has been growing impressively at 40 per cent CAGR (Compounded Annual Growth Rate) since 2007. Mobile-broadband subscriptions in developing countries have already outnumbered subscriptions in the developed world. Mobile-broadband penetration rate in the developed countries is reaching 75 per cent against 20 per cent in developing world. Global penetration rate is expected to reach almost 30 per cent, or 2 billion subscriptions, by end of 2013 (although roughly half of the world’s population lives within the reach of 3G networks).
Mobile-broadband Subscriptions, 2007 – 2013 (Source: ITU)
Broadband provider YTL Communications today launches Yes Life for iOS app and making its voice/SMS services available on Apple iOS devices. The app turns iPad and iPod Touch into mobile phones and users can make and receive calls. When someone calls your Yes 018 mobile number, all your iOS devices will ring simultaneously. Quite nifty! Yes Life app is also available on Mac OS and Windows platforms.
YTL Communications released some performance statistics of its Yes 4G services, for the period between its launch in November 19 2010 and (possibly) March 04 2011.
||November 19, 2010
||Total Active Users
||Total Voice Minutes
||Total Voice Minutes per user
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||Text Messages Sent
||Total Text Messages Sent per user
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||Total Data Usage
||Total Data Usage per user
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Telekom Malaysia (TM) recently came under fire from frustrated Streamyx subscribers who alleged that the telecommunications giant had begun implementing a “hard cap” on their broadband accounts, specifically in relation to international traffic in order to curb P2P heavy bandwidth utilisation. This cap was allegedly applied by TM across the board, i.e. both low usage and high usage users are affected and irrespective of type of traffic (HTTP/HTTPS/FTP/P2P are all affected) so long as they are international.
A thread started by the owner of the popular VPN service, BolehVPN, in the Lowyat.net forum has grown to 109 pages, with subscriber after subscriber posting their bandwidth speed test results evidencing this cap.
Barely a week ago, YTL launched its Yes 4G mobile broadband service in Malaysia. Yes, it has been a wobbly start. First, their early subscribers were informed the range of 018 numbers may not be able to make or receive calls from numbers on other networks due to not being able to interconnect with these other networks. Then, they faced serious issues with their website which was not up and running properly for more than 15 hours after its launch. These teething problems had resulted in a backlash from Yes early subscribers who were frustrated by their inability to access Yes’ website.
GreyReview has obtained some explanations (published below, in verbatim) from YTL Communications, via its PR agency, on issues surrounding the Yes launch:
Attack on Yes.my
The threat was detected an hour after the launch. We started noticing that a large number of requests sent to www.yes.my could not be made by human users due to the nature of IP addresses and their sheer volume.
Looks like the rates for Yes, the new 4G broadband service, powered by YTL Communications have been leaked (intentionally?) on Twitter by @albnok. His tweet on Wednesday evening claiming “the cat is out of the bag” is accompanied by what appears to be an official bunting which would probably go public on Yes’ official launch, which is scheduled to be 6pm on Friday, 19th November 2010.
More like a teaser, the picture reveals that for 9 sen, Yes offers 3mb of data, 1 minute usage and 1 sms on a pay-as-you-use basis, which is actually quite reasonable as it translates to only 3 sen per mb of data. By comparison, TuneTalk offers 5 sen per mb and that is on EDGE.
If you were walking along the Bukit Bintang (Kuala Lumpur) area last weekend, you may have bumped into a group of Stormtroopers (or Yes Troopers), the faceless grunts made popular by the Star Wars original trilogy, patrolling the said area giving out flyers promoting yes, the latest 4G broadband service in the Malaysia. These stormtroopers, with a big “yes” emblazoned on their armor, is part of a marketing campaign adopted by the 4G operator to generate a lot of interest for the brand and its upcoming mobile service that is slated to be launched on November 19, 2010. Yes.my’s flagship store will be located at Lot 10, which explains why the stormtroopers are concentrated in the Bukit Bintang area.
Last night, Telekom Malaysia (TM) unveiled UniFi, its high-speed broadband services. The RM11.3 billion national high-speed broadband project is the flagship propject of the National Broadband Initiative. The UniFi’s new broadband packages comprises of triple-play services of high-speed Internet, video (IPTV) and phone, with speeds of 5Mbps, 10Mbps and 20Mbps. The IPTV will be delivered via a 8Mbps connection exclusively, in addition to the data speeds subscribed by customers; comes with 22 linear channels, video-on-demand and interactive services.
According to the latest global Broadband Quality Study, three Asian countries – South Korea, Japan and Hong Kong – are world leaders in providing top quality consumer broadband services.
The Study is conducted by the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford and the University of Oviedo’s Department of Applied Economics; sponsored by Cisco. To determine the Broadband Quality Score, the researchers analyzed a total of 24 million records sourced from broadband tests using Speedtest.net (Ookla) during May 2008 and May – July 2009
This year, the study covers a total of 66 countries (and 13 are from Asia); additional 24 countries compared to 2008, plus new analysis on broadband quality in more than 240 cities. In terms of Broadband Leadership score, among Asian countries, Malaysia is behind South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan; ahead of China and India.