South Korean web giants downed by datacenter fire
Kakao and Naver, two major South Korean internet service providers, experienced major service interruptions due to a datacenter fire causing infrastructure shutdowns.
The datacenter in question was operated by C&C, a division of South Korean conglomerate SK. The datacenter was responsible fo... Read more
Amsterdam Internet Exchange sets 11 Tbit/s traffic record
The Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX) set a new traffic record. On the evening of October 16, the organization processed more than 11 Terabits of internet traffic per second.
Internet exchanges are a hub for the networks of various providers and corporations. Networks connected to the same i... Read more
Western Europe dominates world’s fastest internet rankings
Western Europe placed first in an annual ranking of the world's fastest internet regions. Researchers from Cable.co.uk measured average download speeds of 99 Mbps in Western European countries. The region ranked the highest out of 13 global regions.
Cable.co.uk conducts annual research on glob... Read more
EU moves closer to high-speed Internet coverage targets
Despite gains across the board, some countries in the bloc are doing much better than others.
In 2021, the European Commission set a 2030 target of achieving gigabit connectivity in all EU households and 5G coverage for all populated areas. Considerable progress has already been made in the roll... Read more
Semtech acquires Sierra Wireless for $1.2 billion
Semiconductor supplier Semtech plans to purchase Sierra Wireless, a deal worth $1.2 billion in all-cash.
Semiconductor and analog manufacturing company Semtech Corporation plans to purchase all the shares of Sierra Wireless. Sierra Wireless is an Internet service provider based in Canada.
The... Read more
Telecom operator Orange denies the sale of physical network
A France-based Telecom company, Orange S.A, announced that they won’t be selling their physical telecom networks.
Formerly known as France Telecom S.A, Orange S.A says it is not selling its physical telecom networks, as per Ramon Fernandez, the chief financial officer (CFO) of Orange.
Les E... Read more
AMS-IX internet traffic increased by 18 percent
Amsterdam Internet Exchange services (AMS-IX) processed 26.85 exabytes of data in 2021; a yearly increase of 18 percent.
Although significant, 2021's growth was far less than the 35 percent growth record set in 2020. Both rises were an inevitable result of the pandemic and lockdowns. In its 2021... Read more
Italian government considering new cap on broadband contracts
Italian telecoms regulator AgCom introduces new rules in a bid to break up oligopolies in the country's broadband market.
Italy is set to invest almost 7 billion euros in ultra-fast connectivity, and Innovation Minister Vittorio Colao has considered the move. He hopes it will promote competition... Read more
Elon Musk says Starlink will go live in October
Elon Musk has announced that SpaceX's Starlink project will go live in October, a month later than was initially planned. Starlink aims to deliver broadband services to the whole world using a satellite constellation.
Musk, who is not known for meeting deadlines, took to Twitter to confirm that ... Read more
Japanese research team breaks internet record speed at 319Tb/s
Japan announced that an engineering team from the National Institute of Information and Communication technology research group set a new record for internet speed at 319 Terabits per second (Tb/s). This new figure almost doubles the previous world record.
In 2020, the UK and Japanese engineers ... Read more