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Global Broadband Market Rebounds

Global Broadband Market Rebounds

According to the market research firm iSuppli Corp, recovering from a slight decline in the second quarter, global broadband subscriber growth is rebounding in the third and fourth quarters as China’s demand for high-speed Internet access soars.

Across the major segments of DSL, cable and fiber, the number of new broadband subscribers worldwide in the third quarter is projected to rise by 5.8 percent to reach 16.5 million, iSuppli data show, overcoming the seasonal downward pull of the previous period when subscribers tumbled by 6.6 percent to 15.6 million.

The projected third-quarter totals will show that the market nearly caught up to the first-quarter figure of 16.7 million. Furthermore, the bounce-back appears to be a prelude to even loftier levels predicted for the final quarter of 2010 as global broadband subscribers rise by 7.3 percent to reach 17.7 million.

“Broadband subscriber additions declined in the second quarter because of normal seasonality as well as a poor performance in the North American market,” said Lee Ratliff, senior analyst for broadband and digital home at iSuppli.

“However, Chinese consumers’ insatiable demand for high-speed Internet is so high that it will cause subscriber numbers to rise again in the second half of the year.” China continues to add broadband subscribers at a blistering pace. Coming off a best-ever first quarter that saw the addition of approximately 6.0 million subscribers, growth in the second quarter slowed only slightly with the addition of another 5.4 million. No broadband slowdown is expected in the world’s most populous country, and each of the final two quarters will see new subscribers numbering 5.7 million, iSuppli projections indicate.

The race is on: Telcos vs. MSOs

Although subscriber numbers to broadband are growing, the technology that underlies high-speed Internet access is changing rapidly.
As services bundling voice and data drive bandwidth demands higher, the market is transitioning from a broadband data paradigm to a so-called “wideband” multiservice and multimedia model. Data rates of 1 to 5 megabits per second (Mbit/Sec.) may have been adequate when web surfing was the broadband killer app, but 30 to 50Mbit/Sec. soon will be the norm as consumers migrate to data-intensive applications such as online gaming, streaming video and Internet TV.

Because of this, a race to dominate the wideband market has flared up between the telcos and the multiservice cable operators.

Nowhere is the battle more evident than in the United States, where telcos like AT&T and Verizon, and cable operators such as Time Warner, compete on a relatively even playing field, with both camps having near universal access to every American household.
Telcos took the lead in 2008 and extended their advantage into 2009, luring customers away with successful fiber deployments—U-verse in the case of AT&T and FiOS for Verizon.

The tables turned, however, in mid-2009 when AT&T and Verizon ratcheted down fiber deployment and marketing, while cable operators went on the offensive. As a result, cable operators took the lead starting the last half of 2009 and held court until at least the first half of 2010. Cable’s real advantage is its capability to deploy wideband rates economically, iSuppli maintains. Many modern up-to-date cable networks can enable 20 to 50Mbit/Sec. per subscriber with as little as $ 20 for each home passed.

In comparison, an investment of $ 600 to $ 1,500 is required for each household passed with fiber. Unless the business case for fiber is improved, cable’s significant economic advantage could prove a major competitive factor in the medium term, with cable operators continuing to accelerate wideband deployment on their part.

Learn more about the latest developments in the broadband industry with Ratliff’s report, entitled: Broadband in U.S. Tips toward Cable as Telcos Slow Investment at http://www.isuppli.com/Home-and-Consumer-Electronics/Pages/Products.aspx

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Global Test Market

Global Test Market

Global Test Market is an online panel for market research. The company has been dealing with paid surveys and is provided opportunities in many countries to earn money by giving opinions about products and services. It has been operative since 1999 and claims to have over five million members worldwide.

Paid surveys could be a great way to make cash but only if it is through a legitimate source. Global Test Market is free to join like many survey paying companies and it works on a point system. Each survey a member takes, earns points in return. A total of 1000 points will provide $ 50 for a member. A standard survey can pay from $ 2 to $ 20.

Scams for Global Test Market

Global Test Market has also been involved in scamming events like many other online companies. Many of the members complained about not getting payments on time or at all.

The company mentions the delay in their transfers but many members have either an experience of a six to eight week transfer delay or more than that.

Another point in consideration is the point expiry system. Sometimes no activity as a member for more than seven to eight months may lead to all earned points turning to zero. There can be many possible reasons for this. As surveys are sent according to the statistics of the members, some members may not qualify for a survey or the amount of surveys could be so much that it may be entering the junk mail or the spam folder of the account. But, Global Test Market also has sweepstakes offer which can earn points for members who take a pre-screening survey and do not qualify. So some incentive is paid for trying out.

Approach with Self Study

With these factors, Global Test Market might appear to be a legitimate company for some people who had trouble in retrieving what they earned, but it operates legally. It is wise however to have some self-study of the paid online surveys company first before applying for a job. Online companies are always subject to scam if they have a certain aspect of delay in their service. People can either wait for their remittance or start giving out bad reviews of the company. So it’s better to understand the procedures and time delays that are to occur.

 

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Global Oil Market scenarios

Global Oil Market scenarios

Global Oil Market Outlook to 2020

The price of crude oil simultaneously reflects and directs the performance of the global economy, the costs businesses and consumers face and the performance of other commodities and financial indicators. In the past 12 months we have seen crude oil markets effectively tracking equities, unsure of the strength of the economic recovery. How will fundamentals play out in the next decade? ( http://www.bharatbook.com/detail.asp?id=156376&rt=Global-Oil-Market-Outlook-to-2020.html )

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* An analysis of the economies of major oil demand growth regions across the globe, including an assessment of China’s role in oil demand
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Highlights

The global economy has rebounded far more vigorously than expected. Non-OECD growth is supporting oil demand and thus prices. This contrasts with the developed Western economies, where growth remains sluggish. Tightening efficiency regulations and the on-going shift to service-based economies in these regions will keep oil demand growth subdued.

Total non-OPEC liquids supply is seen increasing through most of the next decade but this growth rate declines to zero by 2019, when output peaks. The vast majority of the growth in supply derives from unconventional output. This includes bio-fuels, ethanol, GTL and NGLs. Without this growth, Non-OPEC conventional crude supply peaks around 2015.

Total OPEC production capacity is set to increase by nearly 6mb/d between 2008 and 2015. This growth is largely due to projected increases in capacity in Saudi Arabia and Iraq. The projected call on OPEC is an estimate of the difference between global demand and total non-OPEC supply.

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Bernanke Sees the Housing Market Bottoming

Bernanke Sees the Housing Market Bottoming

Ben Bernanke gave his testimony to Congress and stated that he sees economic recovery by the end of the year. The reason he sees a recovery from the recession is the stabilization of the United States housing market. We will not know when a bottom has been put in home prices until the bottom has already come and gone. It is quite possible that the bottom occurred in the month of March.

The issue with the bottom in home prices occurring in March is the fact that the unemployment rate continues to rise. One thing that Americans need to stay in their homes and possibly buy new homes is jobs. If the number of jobs is decreasing each and every day then how can we see a shrinkage in housing inventory? Obviously the government can buy up some of the inventory but will this really help home prices?

The only way that home prices will bottom is if we see supply equal demand and that is definitely not happening in most markets.

In fact, there are many markets that are seeing historical highs in new homes supply. New home construction has greatly decreased over the last year, but there are still home that were built during this period that are going unsold. This does not even begin to address all the homes that are getting foreclosed.

Overall, it is good that the Fed Chairman sees a stabilization in the housing market, but is this reality? There are many factors that make us think otherwise.

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Attacking The Global Market

Attacking The Global Market

The invention of the electronic message, or e-mail as it is now commonly known, changed the way we communicate forever. It allows us to communicate in real time and in print, making it a perfect business tool, and virtually every business in the Western world will have some level of e-mail usage even if it is simply to place orders with suppliers. This in turn gives advertisers a colossal potential market and rather than making their mail shot messaging refined, that is to say only sending advertising e-mails to people that are likely to want their products or services, they send them to many email addresses all at once.

These unwanted messages are referred to as spam and they are fast becoming one of the biggest nuisances on the internet. Every time you open your inbox you have to spend time removing them, and if you have a business with a network of computers then everyone on the network is likely to get the same messages. On the face of it, the problem is annoying rather than dangerous, but unfortunately many of these spam messages carry viruses that can wreak havoc, not to mention the man hours lost over the course of the year by having to delete them.

The simple solution is to get an effective spam filter. Here at Message Stream we can offer a service that scans every e-mail and subjects it to almost 100 tests to remove spam and just allow genuine messages through. All this is done before the e-mail is received by your system thus protecting it from any potential harm. We then store the deleted junk mail so that it can be examined by you over the next fourteen days. The speed of the spam filter is incredible so you wont even notice it.

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