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Numero 23 – 2 agosto 2018

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5G e Future Net

  • T-Mobile gives Nokia $3.5B award for 5G equipment | FierceWireless
  • 3 Hong Kong braces for 5G with large transformation project
  • Reliance Jio overtakes Vodafone India in Q1 revenue
  • Carrier heads commit to ‘Korea 5G Day’: SKT, KT and LG U+ agree to introduce service simultaneously
  • eMBMS in Telstra per Mobile Video
  • MediaTek Joins “5G Device Forerunner Initiative” And Will Debut Its First 5G Baseband Chipset Helio M70
  • How much data we’re using, by network, operator and service plan | FierceWireless
  • British business leaders call for copper network switch-off in 2025

Cloud, IoT, AI

  • Automation's Biggest Enemy: Cultural Resistance
  • Singapore disconnects healthcare computers to prevent further hacking
  • Facebook, Google and Other Tech Giants Unite to Let You Transfer Your Data
  • Lawmakers dare Facebook and Google to defy Vietnam cybersecurity law
  • Chinese govt nixes Facebook's plans to open innovation hub: report

Content and Services

  • Revamped UK Payment System Embraces Blockchain | PYMNTS.com
  • Ford Creates New Self-Driving Car Unit | PYMNTS.com
  • The Connected Vehicle Market in Germany: 2018-2023 Analysis & Outlook - Double-Digit Growth Rate is Projected - ResearchAndMarkets.com
  • China Has 487 Electric-Car Makers, and Local Governments Are Clamoring for More
  • In UK utenti streaming hanno superato quelli della pay tv. Un trend: The future is now for the UK's broadcasting and telecom industries
  • China Mobile launches cloud-based VR service with Huawei
  • FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 sees record online viewing figures
  • SVOD to overtake traditional pay TV in Australia in 2018: report
  • EBU: sperimentazione live UHD HDR HFR NGA | AV Magazine
  • DARPA Wants Your Insect-Scale Robots for a Micro-Olympics
  • New Wearable Sensor Detects Stress Hormone in Sweat
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Approfondimento della settimana

  • La parola della settimana: NoOps (Serverless Computing: Moving from DevOps to NoOps)

 

 
 

5G e Future Net

 

 

T-Mobile gives Nokia $3.5B award for 5G equipment | FierceWireless

Si incomincia a fare sul serio ... il più grande contratto commerciale finora annunciato

 

T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray laid out the operator's 5G deployment plans. T-Mobile put a dollar figure against its 5G plans, announcing that it will pay $3.5 billion to Nokia over the coming years to deploy 5G equipment.
The timing of the announcement is also key for Nokia, which just last week admitted to losing a “small number” of Verizon’s markets amid a bigger-than-expected slowdown in sales of its networking equipment.
"Nokia and T-Mobile will advance the large-scale deployment of 5G services throughout the United States,” said Ashish Chowdhary, Nokia’s chief customer operations officer, in a release from the companies. “This is a testament to our companies’ strong and productive working relationship, one which has produced several important technological milestones in recent months, and which now allows us to make 5G a commercial reality.”

 

3 Hong Kong braces for 5G with large transformation project

3 HK vede il 5G non solo come una nuova rete ma come l'occasione per evolvere attorno a 4 processi di trasformazione digitale: digital customer relationship management, omni-channel and intelligent marketing campaigns; sophisticated product catalogue and order management; enterprise business workflow, digital commerce with convergent billing; comprehensive data analytics and enhanced security

 

3 Hong Kong announced agreements with Tech Mahindra, Matrixx Software, Salesforce and Vlocity to enable digital transformation of its telecoms operations, all along with continued product and service innovation and business growth – all in preparation for the impending 5G era.
A four-phase digital transformation project scheduled for completion in 2020 has been designed to streamline and automate business processes and optimize digital experiences. Key areas covered include digital customer relationship management, omni-channel and intelligent marketing campaigns, sophisticated product catalogue and order management, enterprise business workflow, digital commerce with convergent billing, comprehensive data analytics and enhanced security.
A new operating model, based on an advanced technical architecture, will enable rapid access to fast data to deliver digital services. This will transform the business operation and support systems necessary for 3 Hong Kong to attain higher levels of customer interaction.
The operator says the project will enable a 360-degree omni-channel user experience across the desktop, mobile devices, 3Shop outlets and all other customer touch points, delivering a seamless experience and interaction. 3 Hong Kong will have the platform to build a diverse portfolio of new products and services designed to meet future needs, while offering a consistent customer experience and on-demand digital commerce via any interactive channel, and on any mobile device.
The project will also shorten the time-to- market process, while allowing the company to design, test and launch new products and offers within shorter time scales.
Advancements in analytics will provide 3 Hong Kong with real-time, predictive and actionable insights, allowing the company to demonstrate greater agility when responding to dynamic customer needs. The digital transformation project is expected to simplify business processes, while facilitating improved compliance and generating new business opportunities.

 

Reliance Jio overtakes Vodafone India in Q1 revenue

Impressionante crescita in soli 22 mesi Jio, il disruptive operatore mobile low cost indiano, ha superato i 250 milioni di utenti 4G. Raggiunge Vodafone...e il traffico medio è 10 GB al mese per utente!

approfondimenti su Jio

 

 

Reliance Jio, which announced the financial result for the first quarter during 2018-19 today, has overtaken Vodafone India — in terms of quarterly revenue.
Reliance Jio has posted operating revenue of Rs 8,109 crore (+13.8 percent), EBITDA of Rs 3,147 crore (+16.8 percent) with EBITDA margin of 38.8 percent and net profit of Rs 612 crore in Q1 2018-19.
Vodafone India revenue was €959 million (–22 percent) or Rs 7,666 crore in the first quarter of 2018-19. Vodafone India’s mobile service revenue was €885 million indicating the rest of the business came from fixed line business. Reliance Jio relies on mobile service business for its revenue.
Airtel India posted mobile services revenue of INR 10,480 crore in the first quarter of 2018-19. Airtel India’s EBITDA from mobile service was INR 2,760 crore with EBITDA margin of 26.3 percent. The total revenue of Airtel India was INR 14,930 crore that includes income from DTH, mobile, fixed broadband and enterprises.
Reliance Jio added 28.7 million during the first quarter of 2018-19 as against 26.5 million in the previous quarter.
Reliance Jio achieved gross subscriber addition of 30.5 million and lost 1.8 million implying the lowest industry churn rate at 0.30 percent per month.
Customer activity grew substantially in the quarter with average data consumption per user per month of 10.6 GB and average voice consumption of 744 minutes per user per month. Video consumption increased to 340 crore hours per month on the network and average video consumption was 15.4 hours per subscriber per month.

 

Carrier heads commit to ‘Korea 5G Day’: SKT, KT and LG U+ agree to introduce service simultaneously

Il Governo decide di intervenire per evitare la superconcorrenza per il “bene” delle aziende e del mercato nel medio termine
 

The top three mobile carriers agreed to commercialize their next-generation 5G networks at the same time next year to avoid excessive competition between local carriers and focus on making Korea the first country to launch the high-speed network.
Minister of Science and ICT You Young-min said SK Telecom, KT and LG U+ agreed to cooperate in launching their 5G networks together on a so-called Korea 5G Day during a meeting with heads of the three carriers held Tuesday in Seoul.
Minister You asked for continuous cooperation between the carriers to ensure that Korea becomes the world’s first country to commercialize the network on that day. The 5G networks are expected to be roughly 20 times faster than the current long term evolution network.
The target deadline is likely to be around March next year as drafted by the presidential committee on the fourth industrial revolution and the Science Ministry last year.
Minister You also emphasized that the carriers will work with local small and midsize companies, such as network equipment developers, while developing 5G-related businesses to ensure that commercializing the network brings economic benefits to the country.
 “The government should help ease some difficulties faced by the telecommunications industry and support investment in 5G,” Hwang added.

 

eMBMS in Telstra per Mobile Video

eMBMS su LTE è spesso stato considerato con scietticismo dagli operatori. Telstra sembra stia cambiando idea sulla spinta del cambio di abitudini di consumo dei media e della dispobibilità degli smartphone di fascia alta

 

According to a recent GSA report 'LTE Broadcast (eMBMS) Market Update – March 2018':

  • thirty-nine operators are known to have been investing in eMBMS demonstrations, trials, deployments or launches
  • five operators have now deployed eMBMS or launched some sort of commercial service using eMBMS

Its good to see some operators now getting ready to deploy eMBMS for broadcast TV scenarios. eMBMS will also be used in Mission Critical Communications for the features described here.
In a recent news from the Australian operator Telstra: Telstra is now streaming live sports content to a massive base of around 1.2 million devices each weekend and sports fans consume 37 million minutes of live content over our apps on any given weekend. This increase brings new challenges to the way traffic on our mobile network is managed. Even though a large group of people might be streaming the same real-time content at the same time, we still need to ensure a high quality streaming experience for our customers. This challenge makes our sporting apps a prime use case for LTE-Broadcast (LTE-B). Earlier this year, we announced we would be turning on LTE-B functionality on the AFL Live Official app for Telstra customers with Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S9 devices. Following extensive testing, Telstra is the only operator in Australia – and one of the first in the world – to deploy LTE-B into its mobile network.   At a live demonstration in Sydney, over 100 Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S9 devices were on display showing simultaneous high definition content from the AFL Live Official app using LTE-B.
This combined with the Service Continuity feature allows mobile users to move around the network seamlessly between cells configured for LTE-B and those which are not.

 


MediaTek Joins “5G Device Forerunner Initiative” And Will Debut Its First 5G Baseband Chipset Helio M70

Mediatek è azienda cinese di chip... i cinesi non vogliono più dipendere dagli americani per i semiconduttori, notevole che già dal 2019 i Cinesi avranno modem 5G, tecnologia storicamente dominio di Qualcomm, Intel e parzialmente Samsung; oltre a Mediatek, arriverà anche Huawei tra i primi

 

MediaTek and China Mobile today signed the “5G Device Forerunner Initiative” memorandum at the 2018 MWC SH Global End Device Summit organized by China Mobile to jointly develop 5G terminal devices and advance the maturity of 5G chipsets and terminals. The initiative was kick-started by China Mobile to promote the maturity and development of the industry for 5G terminal devices, targeting the 5G test pilot in 2018, pre-commercial deployment in 2019, and commercial rollout in 2020.
As one of the first chip makers participating in the “5G Device Forerunner Initiative,” MediaTek announced its first 5G baseband chipset, Helio M70, will be ready in 2019. The Helio M70 is designed in compliance with the 3GPP Rel-15 5G new radio (NR) standard interface and includes support for standalone (SA) and non-standalone (NSA) network architectures. It also supports sub-6GHz frequency bands, high power user equipment (HPUE), and other key 5G technologies. Beyond Sub-6GHz, MediaTek’s 5G solution will also support mmWave frequency to meet the requirements from different operators.

 


How much data we’re using, by network, operator and service plan | FierceWireless

Media di traffico su smartphone in USA: 20 GB al mese, 1/3 su Mobile e 2/3 su Wi-Fi

 

How much data customers are using, and how customers are paying for that data, are perennial questions in the wireless industry.
Thanks to a partnership between FierceWireless and Strategy Analytics, we hope to shed some light on the situation. The data below, from Strategy Analytics’ AppOptix service (which tracks Android data usage), shows how often Android wireless users stray from cellular networks and onto Wi-Fi networks—and how that differs among customers of Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint.
But perhaps more interestingly, Strategy Analytics’ data also offers a breakdown of customers’ service plans, showing the amount of cellular and Wi-Fi data consumed by unlimited data customers and how that compares to customers with monthly data allowances and pay-as-you-go plans. The information below is from the second quarter of 2018.

 
 
 
 

Strategy Analytics’ AppOptix data comes from a panel of 4,000 Android phone users annually who agreed to let the firm monitor their data usage and also who provided their demographics and network plan information. Panelists update their profile—including information on their data plan and device purchases—on a regular basis.

 

British business leaders call for copper network switch-off in 2025

Si incomincia a parlare di “copper switch off” anche in Europa, in Inghilterra in particolare, dove appena il 2% degli utenti è fibra  (come noto il record di FTTH è in Giappone e Corea con il 76% circa)

 

British business leaders have called for a copper network switch-off date to help drive investment in full fibre network infrastructure.
A leading British business think tank has reiterated calls for the government to provide a firm switch off date for the country's copper based, legacy telecommunications networks.
The Institute of Directors said that the country's copper network infrastructure should be switched off by the end of 2025, to expedite the move towards full fibre, gigabit capable connectivity. The call echoes recommendations laid out in the government commissioned National Infrastructure Report, which also called for copper switch-off to occur by 2025.

 

 


Cloud, IoT, AI

 

 

Automation's Biggest Enemy: Cultural Resistance

Ennesimo studio, molto recente; come sempre, non c'è cambiamento se non si aiutano le persone a cambiare in azienda

 

Nearly half of corporate leadership says the greatest challenge to implementing an intelligent business strategy is cultural resistance, a new report says.
While customers perceive that artificial intelligence (AI) will allow brands to deliver what they want when they want it, there remains a widespread lack of understanding among enterprises of the potential benefits for AI to solve real-world business problems. The biggest corporate challenge to implementing an intelligent business strategy is cultural resistance (49%), according to a new research report, "AI2020: The Global State of Intelligent Enterprise" by IQPC's Intelligent Automation Network.
Very few (less than 5%) of the 430 respondents surveyed have established an intelligent enterprise (IE) and nearly 35% either hadn't begun or had no plans to establish IE technologies such as AI and intelligent automation. However, the survey found that more than half (54%) hope to have IE established by 2020.
The report found that there remains a widespread lack of understanding of the potential benefits for artificial intelligence to solve real-world business problems. However, nearly half (47%) of survey respondents felt that the most significant impact AI and IE tools will have on their business is helping them stay ahead of the competition. The focus to date has largely been on adopting AI as a technology rather than applying AI as a tool to solve existing problems.

 


Singapore disconnects healthcare computers to prevent further hacking

Soluzione drastica necessaria in uno dei paesi più digitali al mondo, Singapore: disconnettere dalla rete il sistema sanitario nazionale perchè non si riesce a garantire la sicurezza. Un bel campanello d'allarme...

 

Singapore has disconnected computers from the internet at public healthcare centers to prevent cyber attacks of the kind that caused its worst breach of personal data, a government official said on Tuesday.
Singapore started to cut web access for civil servants in 2016 to guard against cyber attacks, but stopped short of including public healthcare institutions. Officials may still surf the web using separate personal or agency-issued devices.
In the most recent attack in June, hackers stole particulars of more than 1.5 million patients, including the prime minister’s drug prescriptions, in what the government has called “a deliberate, targeted and well-planned cyber attack”.

 

Facebook, Google and Other Tech Giants Unite to Let You Transfer Your Data

Progetto poco pubblicizzato ma di grande rilevanza: FB, Google, Microsoft (linkedin), Twitter e altri studiano un formato per lo scambio dei dati degli utenti (Data Transfer Project)

 

Following a number of data privacy and ad misuse scandals among the titans of tech, many users have been cooling on the social media networks and websites they once loved. But once all of your information is established in one spot, it can be hard to walk away.
Many sites allow you to download your data from their platforms. However, if you don’t want to start all over after walking away from one platform, there’s a new option in the mix: The Data Transfer Project from Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter. The DTP hasn’t been rolled out yet, but on Friday the companies behind its development provided the first peek at what we can expect.
The DTP is in active development, and while there are still some bugs to be worked out, there is a method to test the service in its current state. The project’s website explains how to test out the service. Eventually, it will allow you to port your data to another platform, or back it up elsewhere.
The effort is a significant step in collaboration across platforms and provides users with more options for using various online services—without being bound by their history using a specific one. Of course, there’s room for more contributors to the project as well. Notably missing from the bunch is Apple.
There’s no word yet on when the service will officially launch, but more information on how the DTP system works is available on its website.

 

Lawmakers dare Facebook and Google to defy Vietnam cybersecurity law

I dati dei cittadini vietnamiti devono stare in data center in Vietnam: gli americani insorgono

 

Seventeen US lawmakers have urged the CEOs of Facebook and Google to resist changes stipulated by a new cybersecurity law in Vietnam, which critics say gives the Communist-ruled state more power to crackdown on dissent.
The law, which was approved by Vietnamese legislators last month and takes effect on Jan. 1, 2019, requires Facebook, Google and other global technology firms to store locally personal data on users in Vietnam and open offices there.
“If the Vietnamese government is coercing your companies to aid and abet censorship, this is an issue of concern that needs to be raised diplomatically and at the highest levels,” the Congressional Vietnam Caucus said in a letter seen by Reuters.
“We urge you to live up to your stated missions to promote openness and connectivity,” said the letter dated July 12 and signed by 17 caucus members.

 


Chinese govt nixes Facebook's plans to open innovation hub: report

Facebook prova a entrare in Cina ma non ha il permesso dal governo nemmeno stavolta ... i BAT (Baidu Alibaba Tencent) non subiranno la concorrenza dei GAFAM

 

The Chinese government has withdrawn its approval for Facebook’s plan to open a venture in the eastern province of Zhejiang, the New York Times reported on Wednesday, citing a person familiar with the matter.
Facebook said on Tuesday it planned to create an “innovation hub” to support local start-ups.
The subsidiary was registered in Hangzhou, according to a filing approved on China’s National Enterprise Credit Information Publicity System last week and seen by Reuters on Tuesday.
A Chinese government database showed that Facebook had gained approval to open a subsidiary. The registration has since disappeared, according to checks made by Reuters.

 


Content and Services

 

 

Revamped UK Payment System Embraces Blockchain | PYMNTS.com

Progetto della Bank of England, potrebbe usare blockchain e Peer 2 Peer per 500 miliardi di sterline di transazioni all'anno, un terzo dell’economic output in UK … disruptive davvero

 

A revamped Bank of England (BoE) payments system is expected to connect with FinTech firms using distributed ledger technology (DLT). According to Reuters, the new plans will see the payments system, that supports British banking and trading, boost its defenses against cyberattacks by 2020, as well as increase the number of businesses that can use it.
The BoE’s Real-Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) system handles transactions worth about 500 billion pounds — almost one-third of Britain’s annual economic output. In March, BoE announced a “proof of concept” with several firms to see what changes should be implemented to RTGS so that it may support settlement with firms that use blockchain.
As Berlin, Paris and other EU cities are trying to attract FinTech companies away from Britain, the U.K. wants to make sure it remains a leader in FinTech innovation by taking recommendations from companies in the industry.
“All participants confirmed that the functionality offered by the renewed RTGS service would enable their systems to connect and to achieve settlement in central bank money,” said the BoE in a statement. “A number of recommendations were received to ensure optimal access to central bank money.”
One recommendation will be to investigate if the revamped RTGS system could provide and use “cryptographic proofs” to stop data from being stolen or altered. In addition, “RTGS suffered a major outage in October 2014, and BoE Governor Mark Carney wants to make it easier for smaller firms to use the system directly,” according to Reuters.
In addition, the U.K. is working with the Bank of Canada, the Monetary Authority of Singapore, and members of the private sector to develop more efficient interbank cross-border payments, including transactions using blockchain.
“RTGS is being rebuilt so that new private payment systems, including those using distributed ledger, can simply plug into our system,” stated Carney. “Our new, hard infrastructure will be future-proofed to your imaginations, opening up a range of potential innovations in wholesale markets and corporate banking and retail services.”

 


Ford Creates New Self-Driving Car Unit | PYMNTS.com

4 B$ in 5 anni ... non poco

 

Ford Motor announced on Tuesday (July 24) that it has created a self-driving car unit dubbed Ford Autonomous Vehicles, and that it plans to invest $4 billion in the unit through 2023.
In a press release, the Detroit car maker said the new unit will also be charged with accelerating the autonomous vehicle (AV) business so that Ford can capitalize on market opportunities. The new LLC, which is structured to take on third-party investments, will be primarily based at Ford’s Corktown campus in Detroit, and will hold Ford’s ownership stake in Argo AI, its self-driving system development partner. Ford said $1 billion of the $4 billion will go to Argo AI.
“The evolution of computing power and IT have helped bring great products to customers – from cars to tablets,” Hackett said in the same press release. “We can now harness this technology to unlock a new world of vehicle personalization, supply chain choreography and inventory leanness that rivals any industrial model in the world.

 

The Connected Vehicle Market in Germany: 2018-2023 Analysis & Outlook - Double-Digit Growth Rate is Projected - ResearchAndMarkets.com

Tra tre anni un'auto non connessa sarà invendibile; in Europa sono 15 milioni di nuovi utenti mobili all'anno che creerano un ecosistema specifico

 

The "Germany Connected Vehicle Market (2018-2023)" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.
The Germany connected vehicle market is expected to show double-digit growth rates.
By 2020, 90% of cars are expected to be connected to the Internet, according to a report by Telefnica. This will create a broadband mobile environment for most of the drivers which has existed separate to the current interconnected world of smartphones, computers, and content providers. According to any car buyer, when it comes to technology and cars, German manufacturers always come ahead of the best.
Mercedes and Audi are creating state-of-the-art research and development facilities in Silicon Valley. BMW's new venture capital firm iVentures is among the various initiatives that are helping Germany's status quo as auto innovators gain major traction.
Through BMW's Connected Drive system, BMW owners have access to a wide variety of different programs and applications, all available using the iDrive controller and easily accessed using in-dash display. The number of compatible applications is impressive. For entertainment, drivers can listen to music using Amazon Cloud Player, audiobooks using Audible, and custom radio stations using Pandora. When stopped at a traffic light, the driver can check Twitter or Facebook messages or if it is an especially long light, the rider can also perform a Google search and browse the Internet, which enhances the in-car experience.
Currently, advanced connected cars are still considered to be luxury items. But as the technology becomes cheaper, the innovations seen in high-end German autos will trickle down to less expensive vehicles.

 

China Has 487 Electric-Car Makers, and Local Governments Are Clamoring for More

I numeri dicono tutto, no? Non c'è solo Tesla a produrre auto elettriche, anzi dai numeri si capisce come finirà la storia (povera Europa!)

 

President Xi Jinping’s Made in China 2025 plan is giving a boost to startups, spurring overcapacity concerns.
Officials in this old mining town knew almost nothing about electric vehicles when they gave a startup $535 million in land and capital to build an electric-car plant here two years ago.

 
 

In UK utenti streaming hanno superato quelli della pay tv. Un trend: The future is now for the UK's broadcasting and telecom industries

Davvero un segnale forte ... dopo quello della pubblicità online vs tv

 

A new report by Ofcom shows that demand for online pay TV services is growing at a rate of knots.
The UK's telecoms regulator Ofcom has this week revealed that figures for online streaming services have outstripped demand for terrestrial pay-TV services for the first time. 15.4 million people in the UK signed up for online streaming services during the second quarter of 2018, compared to 15.1 million traditional pay-TV subscriptions, according to Ofcom's report.   The move reflects a shifting dynamic in the UK's viewing habits, as more and more people opt for online TV services. This in turn places higher and higher demand on the UK's fixed line and mobile networks…

 

China Mobile launches cloud-based VR service with Huawei

Nuovi media: non video e sport "tradizionali" ma tutti visibili via VR con opportuni visori; una user experience immersiva che richiede una banda molto superiore rispetto al HD e 4K

 

China Mobile Fujian launches world’s first operator cloud VR service.
Service offers VR live broadcast, VOD, Imax, games and education.
Solution uses cloud GPU rendering and cloud-based server architecture.
Reduces End User VR equipment costs by up to 80 per cent.
Virtual reality services are bandwidth-heavy and have yet to scale to mass-market levels. As such, they pose difficult challenges for telcos and their vendor partners. China Mobile has been experimenting with a VR service in Fujian province, with equipment from Huawei and other partners.
Fujian Mobile has pulled together a VR solution that covers platforms, networks, terminals and content, enabling it to launch its “AND Cloud VR” video service for home users. It offers live broadcast, video on-demand, Imax, games and education – all in VR. To achieve this, Fujian Mobile is using cloud-hosted GPU rendering and a cloud server architecture. The telco says this ensure stable transmission of video streams and a high quality image, while reducing requirements on the hardware computing capability of user head-mounted displays (HMDs). It claims a reduction in VR hardware costs of 70 to 80 per cent.
Of course, there is a catch… this is not being delivered over the cellular network – that just open up a host of other problems. Instead, Fujian Mobile has upgraded FTTH connections to those lucky consumers who have fibre, with bandwidths covering 50Mbit/s, 100Mbit/s and 1Gbit/s. WiFi then connects users’ devices wirelessly.
Still, the implementation of cloud-hosted GPU rendering and processing is an interesting development and one which many other content and service providers are currently investigating. We hope to bring you more on this later in the year, with our coverage from the annual IBC broadcast event in Amsterdam in September.

 


FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 sees record online viewing figures

Mondiali di calcio, Russia: 10 milioni di utenti in live streaming su Akamai nel picco con una banda media per utente di 2.5 Mbps

 
 

Kazan Arena Stadium, a venue for 2018 FIFA World Cup matches (Photo by Sergei BobylevTASS via Getty Images).
The FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 has seen record online viewing figures, thanks to advances in OTT technology and the burgeoning mobile media streaming market. International media ratings measurement service Conviva has revealed that during the first week of the World Cup, 393 million plays of matches were successfully streamed, the equivalent of 6.9 billion viewing minutes, via 59 million unique video streaming apps. 

Streaming of Russia 2018 already eclipses the 2014 Rio World Cup

Cloud delivery platform Akamai reports that viewers of the first round of Russia 2018 streamed 65% more data over the  Akamai Intelligent Platform than they did during the whole of the Rio World Cup just four years earlier. The number of streams running concurrently hit a record 9.7 million, when Mexico played Sweden at the same time as South Korea played Germany on June 27, 2018. The viewing peak the company recorded hit 5 million for the entire tournament in Rio. This also occurred when two games were played simultaneously – the US versus Germany and Portugal versus Ghana.
Akamai reports that peak bandwidth for streaming in the first round in Russia 2018 hit 23.8Tbps, compared with 6.99Tpbs at the Rio World Cup.  In fact, 75% of all matches played in the first round in Russia have exceeded the peak bandwidth for the entire Rio tournament.

England match scores a record for BBC iPlayer

British public broadcaster the BBC reveals that the England versus Tunisia Russia 2018 match played on June 18, 2018, was watched by three million people via BBC iPlayer, this was a record breaker for the platform. All eyes are now on the streaming figures for the England versus Sweden game due to be played at 3pm GMT on July 7, 2018. 

 


SVOD to overtake traditional pay TV in Australia in 2018: report

Australia: un segnale, gli utenti scelgono l'operatore Telco in base al pacchetto contenuti e SVOD che offre, non ai servizi Tlc

 
 

Subscription video on demand (SVOD) services delivered over the Internet are proving so popular in Australia that they could be more popular than traditional pay TV services by the middle of next year.
According to a new study by technology analyst firm Telsyte, SVOD subscriptions in Australia reached 3.7 million at the end of June 2017, a year-on-year increase of 30%.
Telsyte’s Australian SVOD Market Study 2017 found almost half (49%) of Australian households currently subscribe to either pay TV or SVOD services, an increase from 38% in 2015. Only 11% of households currently have both pay TV and SVOD.
Telsyte says SVOD services are putting pressure on free-to-air (FTA) TV rivals and traditional pay TV, with around a third of pay TV subscribers also having at least one SVOD subscription, and 46% of SVOD subscribers claiming to “rarely” watch FTA TV. Telsyte research shows that the average SVOD subscriber watches nearly 26 hours of video content a week across FTA TV, pay TV, SVOD, online TV on demand (catch up TV and live streaming), and other video content sources (incl. non-streaming videos), compared to around 21 hours for the average Australian.
“SVOD adoption in Australia has started to reach a scale which has strategic significance to media and telecoms companies alike” says Telsyte managing director Foad Fadaghi.

 

EBU: sperimentazione live UHD HDR HFR NGA | AV Magazine

La RAI e in particolare il centro ricerche di Torino c'è l'han fatta di nuovo ad essere il primo sperimentatore in Europa

 
 

 “L'Unione europea di radiodiffusione (EBU) riprenderà i prossimi Europei di atletica leggera in 2160p100 con HDR HLG, insieme a due segnali aggiuntivi 1080p100 con audio "scene based" e 1080p50, che saranno trasmessi via satellite al centro RAI della Valle d'Aosta e presso la sede BBC di Glasgow su connessione in fibra ottica”.
Durante i prossimi Campionati europei di atletica leggera (Berlino, 7-12 agosto) l'European Broadcasting Union (EBU) sperimenterà la ripresa, elaborazione, registrazione e distribuzione in Ultra HD dal vivo con High Frame Rate, High Dynamic Range e NGA (Next Generation Audio). Sarà la prima distribuzione live al mondo di contenuti UHD con HDR (HLG / BT.2100) e HFR (2160p100). Finora in Europa anche le trasmissioni dal vivo più avanzate non superano la frequenza di quadro/campo di 50 Hz, con una predominanza di contenuti HD interlacciati (1080i25) nonostante la diffusione di encoder commerciali e televisori 2160p50.
A Berlino verrà creato un flusso di produzione HLG / BT.2020 2160p100 in collaborazione con BBC, France Télévisions, IRT, RAI e ZDF e una serie di partner tecnologici. Il feed 2160p100 verrà utilizzato per derivare due segnali aggiuntivi 1080p100 e 1080p50. Questi tre feed saranno quindi codificati in HEVC e multiplexati per una trasmissione in diretta tramite la rete satellitare Eurovision al banco di prova sperimentale della RAI in Valle d'Aosta e mediante l'infrastruttura Eurovision Fiber al Centro Europeo di Radiodiffusione (BOC), presso la sede BBC di Glasgow.
Il programma 1080p100 includerà anche l'audio NGA sotto forma di 4 + 7 + 0 canali "scene based", con quattro segnali mono interattivi "ad oggetti" per i commenti. Alcune clip potrebbero essere disponibili per la divulgazione pubblica, finalità tecniche e test scientifici.

 


DARPA Wants Your Insect-Scale Robots for a Micro-Olympics

Dovremo abituarci al fatto che i robot saranno anche molto piccoli ... e dovranno essere connessi in rete!

 
 
DARPA announced a new program called SHRIMP: SHort-Range Independent Microrobotic Platforms. The goal is “to develop and demonstrate multi-functional micro-to-milli robotic platforms for use in natural and critical disaster scenarios.” To enable robots that are both tiny and useful, SHRIMP will support fundamental research in the component parts that are the most difficult to engineer, including actuators, mobility systems, and power storage.The DARPA Robotics Challenge was a showcase for how very large, very expensive robots could potentially be useful in disaster recovery and high-risk environments. Humanoids are particularly capable in some very specific situations, but the rest of the time, they’re probably overkill, and using smaller, cheaper, more specialized robots is much more efficient. This is especially true when you’re concerned with data collection as opposed to manipulation—for the “search” part of “search and rescue,” for example, you’re better off with lots of very small robots covering as much ground as possible.
 

New Wearable Sensor Detects Stress Hormone in Sweat

Cerotto che misura in tempo reale il livello di cortisolo, quindi il livello di stress ... Uno step per sistemi che ci aiutano a vivere meglio e a controllare le nostre emozioni negative

 
 

Cortisol is key to tracking stress, but it's tough to measure in an instant; Stanford researchers say they've figured out how
Stress. We all know it can be bad for us. It affects blood pressure, metabolism, immune response, and memory. Over time, it can contribute to the development of chronic diseases. So scientists and health professionals are putting a lot of effort into finding ways to measure and help patients cope with it.

 

Wearables that use sweat to detect stress typically track temperature, heart rate, and perspiration levels as markers for stress. But all of those markers can be affected by non-stress factors.
Far better an indicator that someone is under stress is a change in the amount of cortisol produced by their body. Cortisol, a steroid hormone, goes up when a person is under physical or emotional strain. It can be measured by testing blood, saliva, or hair, but none of these options provide quick results, so are not particularly useful for detecting short-term stressors.

 


Approfondimento della settimana

 

La parola della settimana: NoOps (Serverless Computing: Moving from DevOps to NoOps)

La parola della settimana - Come superare i limiti di DevOps? I programmatori non devono preoccuparsi di fare i sistemisti, ma deve essere l'infrastruttura automatica a fare da "sistemista" (ovviamente  i server continuano ad esistere!)

 

Developers rejoice as serverless computing ushers in a new era of ‘NoOps’ to replace the ill-fitted DevOps model.
While some organizations do better than others when it comes to implementing DevOps, almost everyone agrees it’s a concept easier penned to paper than pinned to reality. The idea of integrating development and operations is smart, but the implementation proves troublesome. A replacement option is thus largely welcomed by developers everywhere.
Enter the new concept of NoOps, which means dropping operations from any consideration during the development cycle. It’s not that operations are being ignored; that would be a foolhardy step backward. Rather, NoOps means never having to worry about where the code runs and, thus, developers are freed from giving operations another thought.
“Serverless computing allows users to run code without provisioning or managing any underlying system or application infrastructure, and they automatically scale to support increasing or decreasing loads,” explained Gartner serverless analyst, Arun Chandrasekaran, in a blog post.
An examples: Amazon AWS Lambda.