Better Broadband Connection In The Rural World
It may come as a huge surprise to learn that in most of the world’s modern societies those living in rural areas have far better internet connectivity compared to those in major cities.
Both here in the UK and the US billions have been spent in the last decade on improving internet infrastructure, however the majority of this work and allocated budget has been spent in rural areas, and as this work has given those towns, cities and villages the most up to date technology and infrastructure, the rest of the country has been left behind with outdated systems that have more of a tendency to fall apart, or stop working at least.
Though much is being done in the UK and elsewhere to balance the imbalance the US government seems to be pushing more of its spend towards its rural neighbours which certainly doesn’t make sense as there a three times more households or 13.6 million households in urban areas who haven’t any internet at all, compared to just 4.6 million in rural households.
It is believed the reason for their still being 4.6 million rural households without internet is not purely due to the fact there isn’t the internet connection available, it’s because many of those cannot afford it, so though billions will still be spent on laying fibre optics, as pointed out by broadband expert Blair Lavin, these households will still require a form of subsidy in order to make use of it.
Huawei Dumps Android!
After the Huawei US ban introduced by the Trump administration back in 2019 preventing the use of Google’s Android OS in Huawei devices, Huawei set to work behind the scenes in producing its own state of the art operating system to compete with Google’s Android and Apple’s iPhone iOS, Harmony OS.
Though first rolled out in a basic form back in August 2019, the new long awaited version which was rolled out just days ago, has had users and many within the industry scratching their heads. Essentially Harmony OS is a repackaged version of Android version 11, offering not just the same software and applications but the same place to download new apps from,, the Play Store.
So basically Harmony OS is Android 11 repackaged slightly differently, to, I assume, avoid the conditions of the ban. Given the circumstances, questions should be asked as to how this new OS is different and therefore does it actually avoid the implications setup by the ban?
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