New Facebook Data Center

Facebook has anounced on January 24, 2016 that they will build a new data center in Europe. It will be located at  Clonee, County Meath, Ireland and it will use cutting-edge technology, making it one of the most advanced, efficient and sustainable data centers in the world.

As Facebook subscribers and world-wide traffic grows, its data center requirements are growing along with it.

Montenegro Internet Broadband

According to the Agency for Electronic Communications and Postal Activity (EKIP), Montenegro ended May with 93,290 broadband internet users, which is 93 more than in April . Of this number, ADSL users totalled 61,199 (73.41% of the total), followed by Wimax with 7,929 (8.50%), FTTx with 7,229 (7.80%), cable with 5,232 (5.61%) and Wi-Fi with 4,362 (4.68%). The number of dial-up users in Montenegro was 92, which is seven less than in April. The majority of users had Internet speeds of between 2 and 4 Mbps (39.47% of the total), followed by 1 to 2 Mbps (31.84%). For further information, see Montenegro Internet Stats.

UK Digital Inclusion Strategy

The strategy aims to get 2.7 million more people online in the next 2 years in the U.K. It notes that the Internet has transformed almost every aspect of public, private and work life, changing the way every workplace communicates. Internet is reshaping government through simpler, clearer, faster public services.  However, BBC research found that 21% of people in the U.K. lack the basic digital skills needed to benefit from the Internet. Lloyds Bank revealed last month, in its UK Business Digital Index, that half of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and voluntary and community social enterprise organizations (VCSEs) do not have a website.

As part of the Strategy, a new UK Digital Inclusion Charter has also been published. This charter brings together 40 organizations from all sectors who are committed to reducing the number of people who are offline by 25% by 2016, and a further 25% every 2 years after that in the United Kingdom.

Fast Broadband in Denmark

In Denmark  the number of broadband connections providing an Internet service of at least 30 Mbps had risen by 78 percent in the first half of 2013, compared with the same period a year earlier, and reaching 480,000. Broadband service at this speed now account for a little over 21 percent of all broadband subscriptions sold, up from 12 percent a year earlier, according to the Danish Business Authority. Slightly more than 1 percent of homes and business have broadband service at 100 Mbps.

Fixed broadband penetration in Denmark is now over 40 percent. From the middle of 2012 until the middle of 2013, the number of fixed broadband connections went up by 3.8 percent. There were 50,000 new fiber subscriptions and 43,000 new Internet subscriptions via cable TV networks. Mobile Internet traffic grew by 127 percent over the same period, reaching an average of 3.3 GB.

For further reading, see the Denmark  Broadband Market Insights, Statistics and Forecasts Report, this report provides a comprehensive overview of the latest developments and statistics in Denmark’s fixed and wireless broadband markets, including the subscriber forecasts to year 2020.

Internet usage In Malta

According to the National Statistics Office of Malta,  during 2012, an estimated 78 per cent of the households had access to a computer at home. Nearly all households who had a computer at home also had access to the Internet. Overall, the share of households with children having access to a computer and to the Internet was higher than that for households without children.

The number of Internet users who made use of e-Government services during 2012 increased by 9.5 per cent over the previous year, to 128,507. The use of e-Government was most popular among persons between 35 and 44 (66 per cent) and was closely followed by those in the 25 to 34 age bracket (64 per cent). Results also show that the use of e-Government is most common among persons holding a tertiary level of education (83 per cent). This category also registered a marked increase of 6 percentage points when compared to 2011 levels. Read more.