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Communications in Japan

In September 2000, the MIC ordered Nippon Telegraph and Telephone, the current operator, to unbundle its copper local loop. The price was set in view of the fact that line costs were accounted for by telephone service. Other companies could only afford small rising costs tied to recently presented products. ... more

Communications Japan

In Japan, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) designed a program for upgrading from dialup (56 kbit/s), to ISDN(64 kbit/s), and then to fiber to the home (FTTH) connections. In accordance with the program, NTT had been promoting ISDN lines chiefly to home users, with some corporate users preferring to convert dial-up straight to FTTH service despite the expense. Towards the end of the 1990s, Cable TV companies started selling their own broadband products. However, somewhat expensive installation cost made their services unpopular considering that there were more affordable options. ... more

IP Stream - UK Communications

For BT Wholesale ADSL services, users at first have to be situated within a distance of 3.5 kilometres from the local telephone exchange to be able to obtain ADSL. However, because of RADSL (Rate Adaptive Digital Subscriber Line), it is now possible to have the service from a longer distance. However, users with RADSL may experience lower upstream rate, contingent on line quality. There are still places where ADSL is unavailable due to technical restrictions, such as housing zones built in the 1980s and 1990s where aluminum cable rather than copper were used, and areas laid with optical fibre, though copper is gradually being installed there as well. ... more

Cable Communications in the UK

Cable Broadband makes use of Coaxial cables or fiber optic lines. The largest cable broadband company in the UK is Virgin Media, but Smallworld Media also has a significant clientele in the places where they offer services. Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) was test launched in the UK towards the end of the1990s and introduced commercially in 2000. In the United Kingdom, nearly all exchanges, local loops and backhauls belong to BT Wholesale, which in turn engages in wholesale trade of bandwidth to Internet Service Providers. ISPs normally distribute Internet access to consumers, besides providing support, billing and value added services. ... more

UK Communications

The United Kingdom has participated in the development of the Internet from the start. The Internet country code top-level domain representing the United Kingdom is .uk and is it is supported by Nominet. Nowadays, corporate users and households may have internet access through dial-up, cable, DSL, wireless, and other forms of connection. ... more

SingTel IPO

SingTel currently remains as Singapore’s largest IPO. It was listed on the Singapore Exchange in November 1993 and on the Australian Stock Exchange in September 2001. ... more

Singapore Telecommunications History

SingTel was Asia's most leading telecommunications company. It has a combined mobile subscriber base of over 200 million customers as of the end of September 2008. Singapore Telecommunication's versatility can be gleaned from its provision of different telecoms services which include IPTV, ISP, mobile phone and fixed line telephony services. ... more

Japanese NHK Public Television

Starting in 1987, NHK began full-scale experimental broadcasting on two channels using satellite-to-audience signals. With this, television service was made available in remote and mountainous parts of the country that earlier could get nothing but poor reception. The new system also provided round-the-clock, nonstop service. ... more

Japanese Media History

Early Japanese media history can be traced to newspapers in the Meiji period, the first being the Nagasaki Shipping List & Advertiser. It was founded in 1861 in Nagasaki. ... more

Canadian Radio AM band

A notable trend in Canadian radio in recent years has been the gradual abandonment of the AM band, with many AM stations applying for and receiving authorization from the CRTC to convert to the FM band. In a number of Canadian cities even, the AM band is now either nearly or entirely vacant. There is a reason for this FM switch. As Canada is more sparsely populated than the United States, the limitations of AM broadcasting (particularly at night, when the AM dial is often overwhelmed by distant signals) have a much more pronounced effect on Canadian broadcasters. AM radio stations have the additional protection that cable companies which offer cable FM services are required by the CRTC to distribute all locally-available AM stations through conversion to a cable FM signal. But, to date, cable FM only has a smaller slice of radio listeners in Canada. ... more

Recent Developments in Chinese Telecommunications

Based on MII estimates, China reached the 295 million subscription mark in 2004 for main telephone lines, 305 million for mobile telephones. Both categories showed substantial jumps from the previous decade. To illustrate, in 1995 there were only 3.6 million cellular telephone subscribers and around 20 million main-line telephone subscribers. By 2003 there were 42 telephones per 100 people. Not only this, internet use also has soared in China from about 60,000 Internet users in 1995 to 22.5 million users in 2000; which further swelled in 2005 to 103 million. Admittedly this figure is well down the mark of United States’ 159 million users and although fairly low per capita, it was second in the world and at par with Japan’s 57 million users. ... more

China's International Satellite Communications Network: PART II

China also had facsimile, low-speed data-transmission, and computer-controlled telecommunications services besides traditional telegraph and telephone services. These included on-line information retrieval terminals in Beijing, Changsha, and Baotou that enabled international telecommunications networks to retrieve news and scientific, technical, economic, and cultural information from international sources. ... more

China's International Satellite Communications Network: PART I

The large satellite ground stations originally installed in 1972 to provide live coverage of the visits to China by U.S. president Richard M. Nixon and Japanese prime minister Kakuei Tanaka was upgraded continuously and served as the base for China's international satellite communications network until the mid-1980s. By 1977 China had joined Intelsat and, using ground stations in Beijing and Shanghai the country linked to satellites over the Indian and Pacific oceans. ... more

China Telecommunications Services History

By 1987, the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications became the agency tasked to administer China's telecommunications systems and related research and production facilities. On top of postal services, some of which were handled by electronic means, the ministry was involved in the delivery of a wide spectrum of services ranging from telephone, wire, telegraph, and international communications. ... more

China Mobile Phone Growth

Post-1997, China's telecommunications service quality was further made a notch higher with the acquisition of Hong Kong's highly advanced systems. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, pouring of foreign investment in the country's telecommunications sector spurred further growth. Notable has been the tremendous increase in Internet and mobile phone subscriptions. ... more

China Microwave Radio Relay Lines

Microwave radio relay lines and buried cable lines were laid out to create a network of wideband carrier trunk lines, which essentially covered the whole country. The installation of communications satellite ground stations and the construction of coaxial cables linking Guangdong Province with Hong Kong and Macau linked China to the international telecommunications network. Provincial-level units and municipalities followed suit, in expanding local telephone and wire broadcasting networks. Expansion and modernization of the telecommunications system run unabetted throughout the late-1970s and early 1980s, with preference to the production of radio and television sets and expanded broadcasting capabilities. ... more

History of China Telecommunications

The whole span of the country in the People's Republic of China (PRC) is linked by a diversified communications system – from Internet, telephone, telegraph, radio to television. While the telecommunications network that are in use are not as advanced as those in modern Western countries, the system includes some of the most sophisticated technology in the world. With this in place, China could boast of a strong foundation for the further development of a modern telecommunications network. ... more

China Conference Call Services

Later, conference call services over the telephone were introduced, radio communications were upgraded, and the manufacture of in-country telecommunications equipment was accelerated. While there was a record low in the telecommunications industry coinciding with the economic collapse after the Great Leap Forward (1958-60), it was revived in the 1960s as telephone networks were expanded and advanced equipments were introduced, including the importation of plants and equipments from the West. ... more

Canadian Film Industry

Canada's film industry predominantly have the mainstream North American audiences in mind in its productions, with Alliance Atlantis and Lions Gate Films in particular enjoying significant successes in recent years. Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver are major production centres, Vancouver being the second largest film and television production centre in North America. And who has not heard of the Toronto International Film Festival, considered today as one of the most important events in North American film, showcasing both Canadian talent and Hollywood films. ... more

Canadian City Newspapers

Almost all Canadian cities have at least one daily newspaper, along with community and neighbourhood weeklies. In large cities which have more than one daily newspaper, usually at least one daily is in tabloid format. Montreal and Ottawa have important papers in both French and English, being bilingual cities. ... more

Special Interest Channels

For relatively remote communities in the Territories (Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut), cable delivery is so expensive that similar services are offered through MMDS technology, instead. ... more

Radio Broadcasting in Canada

There are roughly 2000 radio stations, on both the AM and FM bands serving Canada. ... more

Licensed cable distributors in Canada

Ninety percent of Canadian households use cable television, making it a very common method of television programming delivery in the country. Currently, there are 739 licensed cable distributors in Canada. This streamlining of the cable distribution companies from 2000 just a few years ago is attributable both to major cable companies acquiring smaller distributors and to a recent change in CRTC rules by which independent cable operators with fewer than 2,000 subscribers are no longer required to operate under full CRTC licenses. ... more

Digital Television in Canada

Digital television is one emerging media technology in Canada. Although some TV stations have begun broadcasting digital signals in addition to their regular VHF or UHF broadcasts, this is not yet as pervasive as in the United States. Most markets have digital channel assignments already in place but to date digital broadcasts have only been introduced in the largest cities. Digital television sets are available in Canadian stores, but most consumers still have not switched from their analog sets. ... more

Independent Canadian Cable Stations

Canada is also not short of independent stations which include CKXT in Toronto, CFTU in Montreal, CJON in St. John's and CJIL in Lethbridge. However, most of these are not general entertainment stations similar to US independent stations, but are specialty community channels or educational service providers. CKXT and CJON are the only independent commercial stations currently operating in Canada. However, rather than purchasing program rights independently, CJON sublicenses a mix of programming from the main commercial networks. ... more

Canadian Television Broadcasting Industry

Ownership of the Canadian television broadcasting industry is both public and private. Currently, the country has about 130 originating television stations, which broadcast on 1,456 transmitters across the country, on both the VHF and UHF bands. ... more

Father of Radio Broadcasting

Canadian Reginald Aubrey Fessenden, considered the "Father of Radio Broadcasting", was the first person ever to broadcast a voice by radio waves that were heard by another person. From a site on Cobb Island in the middle of the Potomac River near Washington, DC, Fessenden said "one - two - three - four, is it snowing where you are Mr. Thiessen? If it is, would you telegraph back to me?". This was in December 23, 1900. One mile away, Mr. Thiessen confirmed. This was hailed as the start of radio broadcasting. ... more

Media History in Canada

Mature and advanced in its media sector, Canada’s cultural output however, specifically English films, television shows, and magazines — is often overshadowed by imports from its neighbouring United States. ... more

India's Next Generation Networks

While Indian telecommunication networks have been far more advanced than in past decades, as the sophistication of its systems still needs to be improved and its penetration to rural areas could be expanded. By far. about 670,000 route kilometers (419,000 miles) of optical fibres have been laid in India by major operators. BSNL alone, has laid optical fibres in 30,000 Telephone Exchanges out of their 35,000 Exchanges. Keeping in mind the viability of providing services in rural areas, an attractive solution appears to be one which offers multiple service facility at low costs. A rural network based on the extensive optical fibre network, using Internet Protocol and offering a variety of services and the availability of open platforms for service development, which is also more known as the Next Generation Network, appears to be an attractive proposition. Fibre network can be easily converted to Next Generation network and then used for delivering multiple services at cheap cost. ... more

Growth of India's Mobile Technology

India has become one of the fastest-growing mobile markets in the world. The mobile services were commercially launched in August 1995 in India. In the first 5-6 years, the average monthly subscribers were around 0.05 to 0.1 million only and the total mobile subscribers base in December 2002 stood at 10.5 million. The subscription base just grew exponentially, reaching to around 2 million per month in the year 2003-04 and 2004-05. ... more

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India

As these progressed, the government did face oppositions from ITI, DoT, MTNL, VSNL and other labor unions, but they managed to keep away from all the hurdles. ... more

India Long Distance Service Liberalisation

Foreign firms were allowed only ownership of up to 49% of the total stake, which represents mostly their contribution in technology transfer. ... more

Telecommunications Liberalisation in India

The Indian government had a hard time reconciling various views with regards to the liberalization of the telecommunications sector in the country. Some of the political leaders were willing to throw open the market to foreign players and some others wanted the government to regulate infrastructure and restrict the involvement of foreign players. But, a consensus was made which paved the way for the 1981 contract signing of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi with Alcatel CIT of France to merge with the state owned Telecom Company. The projection for this joint venture was the setting up of 5,000,000 lines per year. ... more

Telecommunications in India

In 1975, India’s Department of Telecom was separated from P&T. Until 1985, DoT had all telecommunication services in the country under its management. It ceased to be when Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited was taken out of DoT’s wing. MTNL in turn administered the telecommunication services of Delhi and Mumbai. ... more

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