Self-testing mobile data speeds

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As a result of thinking about how Internet (fixed line and mobile) usage is impacting Canadian and global society, I’ve been starting to look a lot closer at the services I’ve personally been using and how they rank against international standards.

With the whole 3G/”4G” network question around mobile data speeds, I wondered how my current provider stacked up. I’m in Canada on the Fido network using an iPhone 3G. According to the 3G Mobile Internet FAQ on Fido’s site,

Just how fast is it?
3G high-speed is the latest evolution of GSM, the dominant world-wide standard for mobile wireless communications. It provides downlink speeds 8 to 10 times faster than Fido’s EDGE network. Maximum peak speeds are as high as 3.6mbps with our current line of phones.

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Different Asian market, different focus

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While I mostly look to China in trying to create a comparative analysis framework for the Canadian ICT industry, it’s hard to completely omit Japan due to their mobile sector.

I’ve tended to think of Japan in terms of handsets and end-user technologies, not necessarily in terms of infrastructure or policy. So coming across this article last month, “B.C. capitalizing on the new culture of openness in Japanese telecom market”, was interesting to give me some more context between the Japanese domestic mobile market and local BC tech companies.

WavefrontAC continues to interest me, ever since learning about them at a MobileCamp — or perhaps it was a DemoCamp? Regardless, I’m interested to see what the long term economic and policy impacts an organization like Wavefront will have on BC’s broader ICT development.