Google Fiber – Internet and TV at blinding speeds

Google Fiber is a new internet service by Google that provides 1000 Mbs per second ( download and upload ) . That is 100 faster than most internet speeds in the United States. As name suggests, the high internet speeds is achieved by using fiber optic cables with a box receiver in each consumer household. The box receiver is also a Wi-Fi transmitter.

Google Fiber was first launched in Kansas City, Kansas, USA. Then other two cities followed, namely, Provo, Utah and Austin, Texas. Another six US cities are on upcoming construction and three more cities are considered as potentials. See the list here: https://fiber.google.com/newcities/

According to the Google Fiber Team, the service is not yet available outside the United States since they are still focusing in the current Fiber cities ( Kansas, Provo, Austin ) , but they will soon reach out to further areas.

Here’s the official blog for the latest news

http://googlefiberblog.blogspot.com/

The official Google Fiber webpage:

https://fiber.google.com

Wikipedia:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Fiber

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/GoogleFiber

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Cebu – The Next IT and BPO destination. Focusing on its nearsource partners

Cebu City, Philippines – Cebu is being considered as the Next IT outsourcing destination. Cebu should be considered as an alternative to Metro Manila since this area has become saturated. And from my own personal experience, Cebu City is much more livable compared to Metro Manila, and even people from Manila agree themselves.

kmcmaggroup.com ( Philippine Real Estate Company ) has these articles to back it up. Please see some of its pages below about Cebu.

– Why Cebu is the New BPO Frontier
http://kmcmaggroup.com/blog/2015/1/23/why-cebu-is-the-new-bpo-frontier/

– Investment Destinations, Cebu City
http://kmcmaggroup.com/blog/2014/2/10/investment-destinations-series-cebu-part-1-of-3/

– TOP 3 Office space options ( and there’s even more under construction )
http://kmcmaggroup.com/blog/2014/2/14/top-3-office-space-options-to-consider-in-cebu/

To summarize, here is why Cebu is considered.
1.) Abundance of local talent from universities
2.) Excellent English skills
3.) Cheaper labor costs
4.) Cheaper office rentals
5.) Cheaper and better place to live
6.) IT industry here is expanding
7.) Multinational Companies IT companies are already considering Cebu

As for salary comparisons, I made some research and gathered the average salary per month in Peso. I only selected from countries that have relevant impact in IT and the Philippines. ( take note it is on the average, so usually the range may sometimes be lower, and some higher ). But still a lot of factors are to be considered, such as costs of living and talent pool.

*( All rates are in PHP and Per Month, so we can easily compare to Philippine Salaries. Rates are applicable for Software Engineers. Data is gathered from payscale.com and personal knowledge)

OUTSOURCE COUNTRIES

Philippines – 28,928.83 – engineer / 46,453.16 – sr. engineer
India – 38,825.41 – sr. engineer
Malaysia – 48,027.91
Vietnam – 55,760
Poland – 67,934.25
China – 74,774.91

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TOP TIER COUNTRIES

Singapore – 120,715
Japan – 130,787.75
England – 164,372.5
New Zealand – 179,023.66
Germany – 178,692.0833
Finland – 189,045.5
Ireland – 220,294.666
Australia – 242,0509
USA – 282,796.0833

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It is quite clear that the Philippines still maintains the cost advantage. The next target would be the “Nearsource” Advantage. USA may be an exception since it maintains a strong cultural and government affiliation. Therefore, USA is already counted as one, even if it is geographically not considered as “Nearsource”. Then which countries are the potentials? These would be Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan and Singapore. Europe is also considered, but competition is tough as we have India and other European nations.

We will then analyze the IT economy of Japan, Australia, and New Zealand on the next posts.

Ericsson Job Cuts – stops the production of modems

Ericsson, one of the major players of the Mobile Indusrty is annoucing job cuts and is planning to stop developing modems. The company now plans to focus more on thier core business which is radio wireless technology.

The trend in the IT industry now is more on downsizing and product focus. With the rise of outsourcing and more IT players around the world, It creates a more competitive environment and large corporations have to keep up with more competition.

Here’s the full report at rappler.com ( rappler.com is a Philippine based Media website )
http://www.rappler.com/technology/news/69495-ericsson-modems-discontinue?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=referrala

IT News – Microsoft Job Cuts , Oracle CEO steps down

Microsoft has announced major job cuts from their newly acquired Nokia business and also from it own Microsoft staff as well. The Silicon Valley research center is going to be shutdown and some job cuts on the Seattle headquarters are also expected. The job cuts mostly affects the United States.

The Microsoft business has been hit hard recently by more competition in the I.T. market. It still has dominance on the Windows Operating System but on all other areas it lags behind its other competitors. It seems their other expansion projects are not selling to keep up with thier enourmous staff.

Here’s the news links from businessinsider.com and zdnet.com

http://www.businessinsider.com/microsoft-just-laid-off-2100-people-2014-9
http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-to-close-microsoft-research-lab-in-silicon-valley-7000033838/

And also just in today… Larry Ellison steps down as Oracle’s Cheif Executive. This is not very surprising since this is part of the succession plan, and Mr. Larry Ellison is alrady 70 years Old. Some other names are to take over the leadership in Oracle, but Larry Ellison will be working in the background as the executive chairman.

Here the link from nytimes.com about the Oracle CEO stepdown
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/19/technology/larry-ellison-steps-down-as-chief-of-oracle.html?_r=0