Week in research: Telcos need to put purchasing strategies to use; Asia leads in connection speeds

Optimized procurement lacking: While telecom operators worldwide are beginning to move forward with equipment purchases, upgrades and other purchases they had put off due to the 2008 economic meltdown, most have not optimized their procurement processes, a new report from Detecon International GmbH says. The study found that while most operators have a comprehensive procurement strategy, 75 percent do not pursue that strategy in all parts of their corporate group and subsidiaries. "This delay is more than just disadvantageous; it can lead to the development of very real business threats," says Michael Hanke, Managing Partner at Detecon International and initiator of the study. News release.

Connection speeds dominate in Asia: Taegu, South Korea residents can connect to the Internet faster than anyone else in the world, according to Akamai Technologies' latest State of the Internet report. Another 15 South Korean cities and 60 cities in Japan lead the speed chart. The data is gathered by region from connections to the Akamai Internet Platform. In Europe, the city with the fastest connection is Constanta, Romania, which ranked 56th out of the top 100 fastest cities around the world. Riverside, Calif. leads U.S. cities and ranked 77th on the global list. So, who has the slowest connection speed in the world? That would be the country of Mayotte, located in the Indian Ocean, where most citizens connect at lower than 256 kbps. News release.

Security services take hold: Security client services for desktop computers was a strong market in 2010, climbing 58 percent over 2009, and should continue to grow this year, even as the mobile security client market starts to "explode" due to the exponential increase in use of mobile devices and a concurrent rise in malicious attacks and other threats, says Infonetics Research in its latest Security Client Software report. "2010 saw a massive increase in mobile OS vulnerabilities, malicious apps on major app stores, Zeus for BlackBerry, and a handful of other noteworthy threat events that have businesses and consumers on edge," notes Infonetics' principal analyst for security, Jeff Wilson. Cloud-based SaaS (security-as-a-service) will also likely eat into enterprise-class security client revenues. News release.

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