Light Reading

Eurobites: Russia Tightens Grip on Internet

Paul Rainford
8/11/2014
50%
50%

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Netflix on a roll in UK; Xbox gets free-to-air tuner option; faster broadband ups online spend.

  • Russia is clamping down further on Internet use within its borders, issuing a decree stating that people wanting to use public WiFi hotspots need to provide ID first, reports Reuters. Also, companies will have to be prepared to reveal, if asked by the authorities, who is using their web networks. President Vladimir Putin said that the laws were needed to combat "extremism" and "terrorism."

  • Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) is going great guns in the UK, with more than one in ten households having signed up to the movie and TV streaming service, reports the Daily Telegraph, citing a survey by Enders Analysis. Enders estimates that more than 3 million households are on Netflix, putting it comfortably ahead of its nearest rival, Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN). Netflix, however, is expecting its losses to soar to US$42 million in the third quarter of 2014 (from $15.3 million in the second quarter) as it launches its service in Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium and Luxembourg next month. (See Eurobites: Netflix to Take Euro Hit in Q3.)

  • Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) is introducing a free-to-air digital TV tuner for its Xbox One gaming console in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, reports Digital TV Europe. The tuner, which will cost just short of €30 ($40) in mainland Europe, will allow Xbox users to watch free-to-air TV without the need for a cable or satellite set-top box.

  • It's true: the faster their broadband, the more stuff people buy online. At least that's the finding of a study by the Royal Mail, the UK's postal service, reports the Daily Telegraph. According to the study, the average Briton spends an additional £23 ($38) a year on online purchases, once he or she has been upgraded from standard broadband to the fiber-based or "super-fast" variety. Incidentally, today marks the 20th anniversary of the world's first online purchase: On August 11 1994 some poor fool parted with $12.48 plus shipping for "Ten Summoner's Tales," a CD by Sting, the croaky-voiced bass-botherer.

    Sting (left of picture): Online shopping had to start somewhere.
    Sting (left of picture): Online shopping had to start somewhere.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

    (9)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
    DHagar
    50%
    50%
    DHagar,
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    8/18/2014 | 1:25:55 PM
    Re: Limited Internet
    @SachinEE, true - which goes to show that their government is not truly interested in the people, but in maintaining power.  Their hidden agendas are becoming more revealing - their stated positions no longer make sense.
    DHagar
    50%
    50%
    DHagar,
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    8/18/2014 | 1:21:29 PM
    Re: Russia's Bubble
    @Susan, good points!  Young people will not accept the choices Russia is making for them.  And you are right, they will want to take advantage of technology, not be left out of the game.
    Susan Fourtané
    50%
    50%
    Susan Fourtané,
    User Rank: Blogger
    8/16/2014 | 2:48:33 AM
    Re: Russia's Bubble
    DHagar, 

    Yes. And younger people are not going to tolerate it. They are going to fly away elsewhere, especially those involved in tech startups.

    -Susan 
    SachinEE
    50%
    50%
    SachinEE,
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    8/12/2014 | 2:22:28 PM
    Limited internet?
    Russia is at it again, segregating itself from the rest of the world. When they banned import of some goods from other countries, it was some what understandable because at the very least, we thought that they were stable enough to produce those goods on their own and now they have come up with limited use of internet. How can you limit internet use? Why would they even put up public Wi-Fi hotspots when people will have to produce their identity cards to enjoy this service? All this in the name of stopping terrorism and extremism. It doesn't make any sense.
    DHagar
    50%
    50%
    DHagar,
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    8/11/2014 | 9:04:36 PM
    Re: Russia's Bubble
    @Seven, you are correct about China - they just raided Microsoft's offices again.

    I agree with Susan, that Russia is aggressively taking steps backward into isolation.  Both countries are trying to limit the use of the internet.  It will be interesting to see if they can "contain" the use and the freedoms people have begun to feel entitled to.
    DHagar
    50%
    50%
    DHagar,
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    8/11/2014 | 8:59:55 PM
    Re: First Online Purchase
    @Ariella, there you go - good point - you can beat Watson now!
    brooks7
    50%
    50%
    brooks7,
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    8/11/2014 | 10:36:06 AM
    Re: Russia's bubble
    Susan,

    So what do you think of China's Internet Policies?

    seven

     
    Susan Fourtané
    50%
    50%
    Susan Fourtané,
    User Rank: Blogger
    8/11/2014 | 9:47:46 AM
    Russia's bubble
    It seems like Russia is creating a very closed bubble, isolating itself from the rest of the world. Is it really a way to combat "extremism" and "terrorism" to submit the country's citizens to live in an open prison?

    It's not only this Internet issue and overcontrol of the Internet providers and networks. Russia is also closing its borders to the import of goods from other nations.

    There is a banning for the importing of meat, fish, dairy products, and fruits and vegetables from the EU, US, Canada, Norway, and Australia. 

     -Susan
    Ariella
    50%
    50%
    Ariella,
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    8/11/2014 | 9:42:49 AM
    first online purchase
    Good to know if it every comes up as a question on a quiz show
    Flash Poll
    From The Founder
    Network architects aiming to upgrade their networks to support agile, open, virtualized services in the 21st century need to consider new criteria when choosing between technology suppliers.
    Live Streaming Video
    BTE 2015 Sponsor Keynote: HP
    Dr. Prodip Sen, CTO, Network Functions Virtualization, HP
    LRTV Custom TV
    Red Hat Demo

    7|2|15   |   10:53   |   (0) comments


    Red Hat's Nicolas Lemieux demonstrates how Red Hat is driving innovation through open source communities.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Red Hat's Approach to OpenStack Adoption

    7|2|15   |   5:17   |   (0) comments


    Red Hat's Radhesh Balakrishnan outlines his company's open source strategy for both enterprises and telcos.
    LRTV Custom TV
    The New IP Goes Mobile With vEPC

    7|2|15   |   1:12   |   (0) comments


    Heavy Reading's Gabriel Brown discusses results of a Light Reading survey sponsored by Brocade that shows a clear commitment by mobile operators to move quickly to virtual EPC deployment.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Making Business Sense of SDN

    7|2|15   |   1:42   |   (0) comments


    Results of a Brocade-sponsored survey show that CSPs have a clear sense of SDN use cases but are wrestling with the business case. Sterling Perrin of Heavy Reading looks behind the numbers.
    LRTV Custom TV
    NFV Will Be Here Sooner Than You Think

    7|2|15   |   2:22   |   (0) comments


    Forget the usual ten-year cycle for new technologies – NFV will be a core part of CSP networks in five years, based on results of a Brocade-sponsored survey, says Heavy Reading's Caroline Chappell.
    LRTV Custom TV
    The New IP Gains Traction With CSPs

    7|2|15   |   1:42   |   (0) comments


    Roz Roseboro of Heavy Reading analyzes results of a Light Reading survey sponsored by Brocade showing that CSPs are getting serious about making the transition to the New IP era.
    LRTV Custom TV
    It's (Real) Time for Analytics

    7|2|15   |   1:42   |   (0) comments


    Heavy Reading's Jim Hodges looks at how CSPs say they plan to use analytics to deploy new services in real time as part of The New IP, based on results of a survey sponsored by Brocade.
    LRTV Documentaries
    IoT in Action

    6|30|15   |   1:39   |   (7) comments


    Two co-workers discuss the benefits of IoT technology.
    LRTV Interviews
    Ericsson Opens Up on OPNFV

    6|30|15   |   14:16   |   (1) comment


    Martin Bäckström, VP and head of industry area Datacom at Ericsson, talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the emergence of OPNFV, the importance of standards and Ericsson's OPNFV plans.
    LRTV Custom TV
    NetNumber Founder Discusses NFV/SDN Impact on SP Networks

    6|26|15   |   4:15   |   (0) comments


    NetNumber Founder Doug Ranalli examines why SPs need a new network infrastructure for service agility. While NFV and SDN are the tools, the old ways of thinking about signaling control are inhibitors. Doug provides his recommendations.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Orchestrating NFV vCPE Services Across Multivendor Networks

    6|26|15   |   5:46   |   (0) comments


    Nirav Modi provides an overview of vCPE, the fastest-growing NFV use case, showing how Cyan's Blue Planet orchestrates vCPE services across a multivendor infrastructure to rapidly deliver new managed services for business customers.
    LRTV Custom TV
    ZTE at LTE Summit Amsterdam 2015

    6|26|15   |     |   (0) comments


    As one of the leading global telecommunications providers, ZTE presented its cutting-edge technology at LTE World Summit 2015 in Amsterdam. On display at ZTE's booth were the latest R&D achievements in wireless, 5G development, HetNet, deep convergence of FDD and TDD, and RCS/IMD/iSDN/vCN.
    Upcoming Live Events
    September 16-17, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
    September 29-30, 2015, The Westin Grand Müchen, Munich, Germany
    October 6, 2015, The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA
    October 6, 2015, Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA
    October 14-15, 2015, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA
    November 5, 2015, Hilton Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA
    All Upcoming Live Events
    Infographics
    Hot Topics
    Who's Feeding Fiber to LinkNYC Hotspots?
    Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 6/29/2015
    Colt to Jettison Ailing IT Business
    Iain Morris, News Editor, 6/30/2015
    Eurobites: Activist Investor Takes Stake in AlcaLu
    Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, 6/30/2015
    What's a Gigabit Good For?
    Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 7/1/2015
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed
    Webinar Archive
    BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
    Casa Systems has been going from strength to strength over the last couple of years. In 2013, it became the first vendor to ship an integrated CCAP device -- the ...
    Cedrik Neike, SVP of Global Service Provider, Service Delivery, at Cisco, talks to Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders about solving service provider customer problems in a virtualized, DevOps world, including multivendor support and the future of network procurement.
    Cats with Phones