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Futurecom 2013: Brazilian networks struggle to handle mobile video

RIO DE JANEIRO – More than half (52%) of all videos played across Brazil’s 3G networks suffer from significant stalling and buffering, according to a survey from Skyfire, a fully-owned subsidiary of Opera Software.

The study found that 89% of all videos running across different 3G networks experienced at least some stalling. This brings up concerns ahead of Brazil’s plans to host upcoming events such as the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics.

RCR Wireless News interviewed Jeff Glueck, CEO at Skyfire and EVP of Opera’s Operator Solutions division, during the recent Futurecom event held in Rio de Janeiro. Check out what he said:  Futurecom 2013: Brazilian mobile networks not yet prepared for video explosion

Skyfire’s data also shows that on Brazilian 3G networks, 41% of all video streams ran at bit rates of less than 300 kilobits per second, a very low speed for video playback on mobile devices. Brazil’s 2G networks fared even worse for mobile video. Over 70% of all videos played across 2G suffered from significant stalling (defined as buffering of 10% or more of overall video playback time), and over 94% of videos experienced at least some stalling.


Roberta Prescott
Roberta Prescott
Editor, [email protected] Roberta Prescott is responsible for Latin America reporting news and analysis, interviewing key stakeholders. Roberta has worked as an IT and telecommunication journalist since March 2005, when she started as a reporter with InformationWeek Brasil magazine and its website IT Web. In July 2006, Prescott was promoted to be the editor-in-chief, and, beyond the magazine and website, was in charge for all ICT products, such as IT events and CIO awards. In mid-2010, she was promoted to the position of executive editor, with responsibility for all the editorial products and content of IT Mídia. Prescott has worked as a journalist since 1998 and has three journalism prizes. In 2009, she won, along with InformationWeek Brasil team, the press prize 11th Prêmio Imprensa Embratel. In 2008, she won the 7th Unisys Journalism Prize and in 2006 was the editor-in-chief when InformationWeek Brasil won the 20th media award Prêmio Veículos de Comunicação. She graduated in Journalism by the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Campinas, has done specialization in journalism at the Universidad de Navarra (Spain, 2003) and Master in Journalism at IICS – Universidad de Navarra (Brazil, 2010) and MBA – Executive Education at the Getulio Vargas Foundation.

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