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MLD38   Monday, 04/07/08 07:54:54 PM
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WaveWire (04/07/2008) -- Smartphone Wars: Apple vs. BlackBerry vs. … Android?

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(WaveWire has graph with this commentary)

...."The use of streaming video over the Web has more than doubled in the past year, and the popularity of sites like YouTube and Facebook show no signs of slowing. Similarly, file-sharing software has led to an explosion in the amount of large files transmitted over the Internet.

Internet service providers (ISPs) and networking companies have struggled to keep pace -- and a recent ChangeWave survey of professionals in the computer networking industry suggests that far more rapid growth lies ahead.

For example, 26% of respondents said the delivery of streaming video has significantly increased the demand for networking technology and products, while 38% said it's caused a moderate demand increase."...

(graph appears here)

..."In response to escalating pressures, some ISPs have resorted to questionable tactics to curb file sharing and video streaming.

Comcast (CMCSA) recently admitted it had blocked file-sharing technologies from San Francisco's BitTorrent and others, because the company felt they were using too much bandwidth. In an abrupt about-face, it now says it'll work with BitTorrent to find better ways to transmit files over the Internet.

Who wins big from the scramble to modernize an outdated Internet backbone? Cisco Systems (CSCO), of course, along with the big fiber carriers like Verizon FiOS and AT&T U-Verse.

Who loses? ISPs with outdated networks and inadequate bandwidth that are unable to keep up with explosive demand."...

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