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Canadian Residential Internet Fees May Increase, While Businesses May See Savings


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Welcome to today’s edition of the IP news roundup. Here are the latest headlines in virtualization, mobility and more:

  • New CRTC decisions are a mixed bag for residential and business Internet customers. It will soon be harder for smaller ISPs to provide Internet services at a competitive rate – at least for residential customers. According to articles on Yahoo! Finance Canada, the CRTC decided to “cut the rates for wholesale services from telecom providers like Telus but increase the rates the cable companies like Videotron can charge.” This means that rates for businesses’ Internet services will be the same as residential rates, which can offer business customers significant cost savings. However, “rates are now higher for customers of Rogers, Shaw and Videotron, who use cable internet technology, ‘due to the correction of certain cost methodology assumptions,’ the CRTC ruled.” This means that smaller ISPs may need to raise their residential rates or cut back on options in order to make up for their higher costs. For more information on the CRTC’s decisions, see Yahoo! Finance Canada.
  • Virtualization + Mobile = a match made in IT heaven. Is it really possible to have the best of both worlds – allowing employees to use one phone for their business and personal communications while keeping company data secure? According to an article on Forbes.com, the answer is “yes” if you virtualize your mobile devices. The article states that “there is a huge need for virtualization for the smart devices themselves, where the corporate and business data and apps are stored in their own ‘virtualized instance’ … on the device.” When corporate data is stored separately from personal data, IT can “wipe the container if the device is lost or the employee leaves the organization, but not delete music, photos, personal apps, etc. that the employee put on the phone.” For more information on how virtualization supports mobile, see Forbes.com.
  • Mobile network operators see great opportunities with cloud and virtualization. A Radisys Corporation study revealed that 71% of mobile network operators believe that cloud and virtualization will be the hottest topic at the 2013 Mobile World Congress. According to the survey, 40% of respondents have already virtualized their mobile core, while another 51% are expected to do so within the next three years. Respondents cited the biggest benefits of cloud and virtualization as OPEX savings (63%), higher server utilization (63%), and optimization and flexibility (60%). For more information, download the “2nd Annual Operator Survey Results”.
  • And finally … the ZDNet blog made some predictions about what personal computing will look like in 2023. According to the article, your mobile device will serve as the “hub” for all of your computing. Meanwhile, smartphones, tablets and keyboard housings will be “sold as a matched component set, much in the same way as stereo systems used to be sold.” For more 2023 personal computing predictions, see the ZDNet article.

What is your take on today’s news? Feel free to share your opinions below.

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