Comcast and Level 3 Deal: Another Peering Dispute Resolved

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Another pair of former opponents has inked an Internet interconnection deal. According to a Comcast press release, Comcast and Level 3 Communications have reached a “multi-year bilateral interconnection agreement” that is part of a “multifaceted arrangement that will help both companies meet their customers’ needs into the next decade and beyond.” The companies aren’t saying...Learn More

Windstream CEO: Windstream Gigabit Coming to One Market, Maybe Five in 2015

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Add Windstream to the list of gigabit Internet service providers. Windstream CEO Tony Thomas announced their Gigabit plans at the recent J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media, and Telecom investor conference. Thomas committed to launching at least one gigabit market in 2015, but maybe up to five, and even more beyond that. “We are drawing a...Learn More

Report: Connected Car M2M Traffic Will Pose ‘Grave’ Rush Hour Challenges

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Emerging as a key aspect of the fast-developing Internet of Things (IoT), equipping connected cars with mobile broadband capabilities presents new challenges for network operators, according to a new research report produced by Machina and commissioned by Teoco, a provider of planning, assurance, analytics and optimization solutions to communications providers. “Rush hour will have grave...Learn More

Comcast Gigabit Footprint Expansion Announcements Continue, But Details Are Few

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The Comcast Gigabit public relations machine is in full swing this week, with several new markets for their 2 Gigabit service, Gigabit Pro, announced for future roll outs. The new markets include parts of Utah, Colorado (Denver and Colorado Springs), Houston, Oregon, and Washington. Beyond announced markets, there is very little known about Comcast’s Gigabit...Learn More

Carrier-Grade Wi-Fi Forecast Sees Strong Growth

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A new report from Maravedis Rethink for the Wireless Broadband Alliance highlights a wide range of service provider opportunities involving carrier-grade Wi-Fi and offers some compelling forecasts. The WBA is an industry organization focused on next-generation Wi-Fi. The report authors see a bright future for “always best connected” wireless service similar to Google’s Fi offering...Learn More

ABI: iPad Market Share Drops Sharply

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The Apple iPad market share continued to slide in 4Q 2014 amid stagnating growth in the global tablet market overall, according to the latest market data from ABI Research. Totaling 21.42 million, shipments of Apple tablets fell 18 percent year-over-year in 4Q’14. Data for 1Q’15 show Apple shipping only 12.62 million iPads, 23 percent less...Learn More

IoT Forecast: Connected Car, Digital Signs to See Strong Growth

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The global “Internet of Things” (IoT) market will grow 19 percent in 2015, with digital signage leading the way, according to a new forecast from IDC. Looking out more broadly and over the longer term, IDC’s IoT revenue forecast calls for IoT revenues in manufacturing operations to grow at a compound annual rate of 18.6...Learn More

GAO Report: FCC Broadband Performance Data Needs Rethinking

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The Federal Communications Commission should take additional steps to evaluate its efforts to provide consumers with broadband performance information, advises a new U.S. Government Accountability Office report. The recommended additional steps include conducting or commissioning research on the effectiveness of FCC efforts and making the results of that research available publicly, and establishing performance goals...Learn More

Suddenlink Altice Deal Highlights Ongoing Cable MSO M&A Activity

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Cable MSO merger and acquisition activity continues today, but from a somewhat surprising source. The latest deal includes tier 2 cable MSO Suddenlink who is being acquired by French communications conglomerate Altice for $9.2 billion. Suddenlink is the seventh largest U.S. cable MSO with 1.5 million residential and 90,000 business customers across several states including Texas,...Learn More

CFO: Verizon Mobile Video Plans Include Ad-Supported Offering

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Verizon plans to launch an ad-supported mobile video offering this summer that will not count against a customer’s monthly data allotment, said Verizon Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo at an investor conference today. Also this summer Verizon plans to launch a multicast mobile video offering, Shammo said. Shammo made his comments...Learn More

Average Mobile Data Usage Forecast to Double in Four Years, Wi-Fi Offload Accounts for Majority

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Mobile data traffic is going to soar as users of smartphones, feature phones and tablets download an expected total of nearly 197,000 petabytes (PB) of digital data by 2019 – the equivalent of 10 billion Blu-ray movies, according to a new research report from Juniper Research. Most of that mobile network traffic will be offloaded...Learn More

White Spaces Manufacturer to Tap Crowdfunding for Next Generation Devices

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White spaces broadband equipment manufacturer Carlson Wireless aims to use crowdfunding to build the next generation of its equipment. An informational page about Carlson on the Crowdfunder site indicates that the company hopes to raise $5 million within the next 135 days. The company also is using AngelList as a crowdfunding platform but that site does not...Learn More