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September 16, 2007 Provided by System Dynamics Inc.

Briefly Noted: Updates, Observations and Trends

Each month, we collect miscellaneous happenings, studies, trends or observations you might have missed. This month's briefs focus on fiber to the home penetration, Internet traffic composition, a legacy of weighty bills, and a new site for connected health information.

Asia's Lead in Fiber-to-the-Home Penetration

A global ranking of FTTH market penetration, issued jointly by the FTTH Councils of Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America, showed that Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan are the world leaders in the percentage of homes receiving broadband communications services directly over fiber, with percentages respectively of 21.2, 19.6 and 16.3. Scandinavian countries Sweden, Denmark and Norway hold the next three spots. ( www.ftthcouncil.org )

HTTP Displaces P2P in Bandwidth Consumption

Ellacoya Networks has published results, based on usage data of one million North American broadband subscribers, indicating that HTTP traffic has overtaken P2P in terms of bandwidth consumption on the network. Their statistics show that HTTP is about 46% of total network traffic, P2P comes next at 37%, followed by Newsgroups (9%), non-HTTP video streaming (3%), gaming (2%) and VoIP (1%). Within HTTP, Ellacoya's data shows that traditional Web page downloads are 45% of all HTTP traffic, with streaming video at 36% and streaming audio at 5%. YouTube alone is about 20% of all HTTP traffic and nearly 10% of all Internet traffic. ( www.ellacoya.com )

Bulky Bills Redux

Technology may change fast, but billing often trails behind. Back in the dark ages when we had ISDN service, we used to receive monthly bills from Bell Atlantic comprised of hundreds of pages with every line item recorded and billed at zero. Fast forward ten plus years and what do we read? A flood of publicity over iPhone users receiving bills as long as 300 pages, delivered in boxes from AT&T. An evidently red-faced AT&T sent text messages to iPhone users indicating that "simplified bills" will be issued from now on. ( www.att.com )

Connected Health's New Website

The Center for Connected Health has launched a new website and online Resource Centers for healthcare providers, patients and other healthcare and policy leaders. The website provides a platform for discussions, comments, and resources to help make connected health a reality and establish new models of care for delivering quality patient care. ( www.connected-health.org )