Global Mobile Data Usage Doubled Within the Past Year


Today’s IP news roundup highlights some of the latest headlines in mobility, business continuity and more:

  • According to the latest “Ericsson Mobility Report”, global mobile subscriptions grew by 8% while mobile broadband subscriptions increased by 45% year-on-year during Q1 2013. This means that global mobile data usage has doubled within that timeframe. Of the 130 million new subscriptions in the first quarter of 2013, 30 million came from China, while only 3 million came from North America. Meanwhile, 4.5 billion users have multiple subscriptions to manage all of their devices. For more statistics on global mobile usage, see the “Ericsson Mobility Report”.       
  • The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced a new wireless code that will allow consumers to break contracts after two years with no fees. According to CTV, “The new code targets the at times high cost of using a cell phone or smart phone by capping additional data and roaming charges, and cell phone contracts – allowing consumers to cancel their wireless contracts after two years with no fees, and makes contracts easier to read and understand.” The changes will impact new contracts starting December 2, 2013. For more information on the new wireless code, see CTV.com.
  • Backing up your data to the cloud can prevent loss in case of a breach or other emergency. But what happens if your provider’s data centre has an emergency? According to HyperOffice.com, “Data centres have backups of your data, and backups of backups. Unlike the usual in-house IT servers, data centres are all about hardware muscle.” This helps protect your soft assets and keep your data secure. For more reasons why you should use the cloud for business continuity, see HyperOffice.com.  
  • Only 8% of US federal IT executives are confident that they could recover 100% of their data in the event of an emergency, according to a study by MeriTalk. The “Disaster Unpreparedness” study also revealed that these problems will likely get worse, as “Federal IT professionals are facing unprecedented data growth and backup solutions that are nearing capacity. By 2015, agencies expect the amount of data they need to back up to grow by 39 percent. Just 46 percent of Federal IT professionals believe their agency’s current DR2 solution is sufficient for the next 12 months, while 25 percent believe their solution will get them through the next 12 months but not beyond.” For more information, see the “Disaster Unpreparedness” press release.   
  • And finally … the education sector is currently encountering the most malware, at a higher-than-normal rate of 165%. Meanwhile SC Magazine’s June 2013 Threat Stats stated that the government sector is currently seeing the least malware, at a lower-than-normal rate of 40%. For more information on June 2013 threats, see SC Magazine 

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