Few months back, a study published by SpeedMatters.org listed down the American states with the highest measured broadband connectivity speed. Now, in a similar report conducted for individual cities, Akamai looks into the average connection speed. Interestingly as pointed out in the study, US cities or towns that host colleges are among the places with the most impressive broadband internet speeds.
Here are the fastest US cities and the average connection speed according to Akamai
1. Berkeley, CA : 18.73 Mbps
2. Chapel Hill, NC : 17.483 Mbps
3. Stanford, CA : 16.956 Mbps
4. Durham, NC : 13.636 Mbps
5. Ithaca, NY : 13.365 Mbps
6. Ann Arbor, MI : 13.178 Mbps
7. College Station, TX : 13.129 Mbps
8. Urbana, IL : 11.764 Mbps
9. Cambridge, MA : 11.708 Mbps
10. University Park, PA : 11.066 Mbps
AT&T reported revenues of $2.5 billion and sales worth $30.6 billion for the quarter ending March 2010. So where has this money come from? According to the announcement, close to half of the revenues have come from Ma Bell’s wireless business with another quarter of the sales having been with the wired offerings.
Here is a break down of the $30.6 billion sales by the businesses that AT&T operates
Wireless : 45%
Wireline Data/Managed Services : 24%
Wireline Voice : 24%
Advertising solutions/Others : 7%
Mobile coupons are still only a small percentage of the entire coupon segment yet they are among the most popular. According to a recent study by Borrel Associates, Mobile coupons have a much higher redemption rates than those from newspapers or mail – as much as 10x times.
After a pretty flat growth during 2007 and 2008, the mobile coupons market has been growing blazingly fast since then and is expected to continue the trend for more years to come.
Here is the projected total spending from mobile coupons as studied by Borrell Associates
2006 : $3.3 million
2007 : $7.2 million
2008 : $7.15 million
2009 : $86.4 million
2010 : $373.7 million
2011 : $1055.3 million
2012 : $2242.4 million
2013 : $4101.6 million
2014 : $6598.5 million
It goes without saying that Twitter and Facebook are among the most popular social media tools for businesses. A survey of marketing professionals by Social Media Examiner saw these two platforms racing neck-to-neck in popularity and usage.
However a good chunk of the marketers also use other social media channels including blogging, Youtube and the likes. Here are the results from the survey ranked by the percentage of marketers who used the platform
1. Twitter : 88%
2. Facebook : 87%
3. LinkedIn : 78%
4. Blogs : 70%
5. YouTube : 46%
6. Social Bookmarking Sites : 27%
7. Forums : 26%
8. Social news aggregators : 22%
9. Ning : 17%
10. MySpace : 11%
With an increasing number of desktop and mobile devices available to surf the internet from, the internet is seeing an amazing growth in terms of the number of unique IP addresses. Akamai’s recent “State of the Internet” report looks into the global growth of this parameter and notes that US is still very much the hot-bed for the growth of unique IP addresses.
Here is the ranking of countries based on the unique IP addresses that they contribute
1. USA : 124.95 million
2. China : 52.11 million
3. Japan : 32.25 million
4. Germany : 30.91 million
5. France : 21.47 million
6. UK : 20.00 million
7. South Korea : 16.10 million
8. Canada : 11.40 million
9. Spain : 10.82 million
10. Brazil : 10.77 million
Worldwide : 465,019,509 unique IP addresses
Following up with Apple’s Quarterly revenues distribution by geography, it also an interesting study to look at it from the product perspective. While the recently announced Q2 listings has not taken iPad into account (launched on April 3), revenues from other devices still look strong.
Here is a split up of Apple’s revenues based on the various devices for the Q2 2010 (Jan – Mar 2010) period. The YoY growth is offered alongside
Mac : $1.53 billion (45%)
Portables : $2.23 billion (17%)
iPod : $1.86 billion (12%)
Music : $1.33 billion (27%)
iPhone : $5.5 billion (124%)
Peripherals : $472 million (32%)
Software & Services : $634 million (1%)
Apple has just announced its latest quarterly earnings. It is apparently the company’s highest ever earnings outside the holiday season. Also impressive is its growth from other geographies, especially Asia Pacific (outside Japan) where revenues grew 184% in the past one year.
Here are the revenues reported by geography for Q2 2010. The YoY growth is provided alongside
Americas : $5 billion (26%)
Europe : $4.05 billion (63%)
Japan : $887 million (51%)
Asia Pacific : $1.89 billion (184%)
Retail : $1.7 billion 22%
The first Instant messaging program was launched in 1993 – CU-SeeMe. Another popular IM Client called PowWow launched two years later. But it was not until AOL trademarked the ‘Instant Messenger’ service did the Instant messenging services really take off.
Here are the most popular IM clients today according to Pingdom (by number of registered users)
1. Skype : 560 million
2. Tencent QQ : 522 million
3. Live Messenger : 330 million
4. Yahoo Messenger : 94 million
5. AIM : 16.5 million
40 million logged in at the same time on Live Messenger (peak hours)
23 million logged in at the same time on Skype (peak hours)
100 million logged in at the same time on Tencent QQ (peak hours)
It has been a long established fact that text messaging is the most popular medium of communication among teenagers. This is primarily because it is always-on, provides sufficient privacy and is cheap. A recent study by Pew Internet looked into the text messaging behavior among American teenagers – the average text messages sent per day, and gender and age specific behavior. Here are some interesting stats
Number of text messages per day on average
Zero : 2%
1-10 : 22%
11-50 : 28%
51-100 : 16%
100+ : 31%
Gender-wise Text Messages Per Day (Mean)
Girls : 125
Boys : 101
Gender-wise Text Messages Per Day (Median)
Girls : 80
Boys : 30
Age-wise SMS Count Per Day (Mean)
12-13 : 83
14-17 : 123
Age-wise SMS Count Per Day (Median)
12-13 : 20
14-17 : 60
The use of landlines among Canadians is fast shrinking. As more and more young people move out of their homes to start life, there has been a dynamic shift towards the use of mobile phones as the primary device for communication. According to a study conducted by Statistics Canada, the number of households that are “cell phone only” has drastically risen from 8% of total population in 2008 to 21% in 2013. Among the ‘under 35’ households, this shift is even more dramatic – 60.6% of such households are cell phone only today, compared to 26.1% just a few years back in 2008.
If you thought this was a phenomenon driven solely by the younger population, consider this: In the five year period between 2008 and 2013, the number of senior households (above 55 years of age) that are cell phone only has risen from 1.9% to 6.4%. Clearly, the ease of getting a mobile phone and the added advantages that smartphones bring (video calls, the ability to text, etc.) have been causing the landline phones to go obsolete; at least among domestic customers.
While the use of smartphones is very well on the way up even in a business environment, the decline of use of landlines is less dramatic. One of the main reasons is the advantage that business phones bring to the workplace. For organizations, a business phone number is not tied to a particular employee, but to the position they hold in the company. An employee quitting (and another replacing them) does not matter in one way because the phone lines tied to that designation stays unchanged. As more and more companies encourage BYOD at the workplace, the only constant is the business phone line that a position in the company is tied to. Not only has business phone lines stayed, but organizations are still replacing business phones and upgrading them to the more sophisticated ISDN PRI services that make more sense in a workplace that is distributed across the world.
With smartphone adoption reaching 55% in Canada, according to a recent study by Catalyst Canada, these phones are mainstream and here to stay. Of this, 30% of the users are estimated to use their smartphones to read their work related emails – 21% of those do it while at work (when they do have access to computers for the same purpose!). An additional 23% of customers use their smartphones to check bank accounts, with 12% doing it at work. These usage patterns suggest the dynamic shift that is happening with respect to work communication.
However, one advantage landline phones continue to have at the workplace is their ability to keep business strictly to work hours. For employees who talk to customers for a large part of their work hours, restricting their conversation to the business phone ensures that their personal time is not taken away by calls from an irate customer. And that’s one seemingly trivial, but quite an influential reason why business phones are here to stay.