Pew Research Center Tests Our Collective Web IQ

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As ubiquitous and pervasive as Internet technology has become, “knowledge of the modern technology landscape varies widely across a range of topics,” according to an analysis of responses to a knowledge quiz conducted by the Pew Research Center (PRC). Web IQ Released as part of an ongoing series commemorating the World Wide Web’s 25th anniversary,...Learn More

ABI: Meaningful Small Cell Deployments to Take Place in 2015

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The U.S. market for small cell backhaul equipment will exceed $5 billion in 2019, “which aligns with operators’ deliberate approach to small cell deployments,” according to a forecast update from ABI Research. “These changes reflect real deployment scenarios and ABI Research believes 2015 will now witness meaningful small cell deployments,” the market research provider explains...Learn More

IDC: Better Smartphones and Longer Lifecycles Conspire for Slowdown in Tablet Growth

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A big slowdown in tablet growth is coming this year, as market growth slows to 7.2 percent, down sharply from 52.5 percent in 2013, according to a new forecast from IDC. At the core of the abrupt, sharp slowdown, shipments of Apple iPhones will experience their first full year of decline. The slowdown in tablet...Learn More

comScore: Nearly 4 in 10 Households Subscribe to Pay-OTT Digital Video

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U.S. Internet users 18-34 years old – aka Millennials – spend one-third the time watching original TV series on digital delivery platforms, primarily tablets and PCs, according to comScore’s “The U.S. Total Video Report.” Seeking to measure video viewing among U.S. Internet users across screens large and small – traditional broadcast, pay-TV, satellite and digital...Learn More

Telecom Network Analytics Key to Successful West Carolina Tel Marketing Campaign

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It may not exactly have been “big data.” But a recent targeted marketing campaign conducted by West Carolina Tel illustrates how a relatively small company was able to use big data concepts to increase customer satisfaction and achieve substantial revenue gains. The company has been the local phone provider in parts of South Carolina for...Learn More

The Big Aereo Bankruptcy Question: Who Might Buy Its Assets?

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It will be interesting to see whether Aereo will be able to sell its intellectual property or antenna infrastructure – and who might buy it – now that the company has declared bankruptcy. As Aereo chief Chuck Kanojia noted in a letter to customers on the company’s website, “Our engineering team created the first cloud-based,...Learn More

Parks: Streaming Media Players Will Be Popular Electronic Gifts

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Smart watches and connected consumer electronics (CE) entertainment devices, such as game consoles and streaming media devices, will be this holiday season’s most popular electronic gifts, according to new market research from Parks Associates. Surveying purchases of connected CE devices this year, Parks found that 37 percent of smart watches, 25 percent of streaming media...Learn More

TDM-to-IP Transition: FCC Considers “Facilitating” Sale of Retired Copper

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The FCC is considering putting policies in place to “facilitate” the sale or auction of copper infrastructure that telephone service providers plan to retire as part of the TDM-to-IP transition, FCC officials said today. Additionally the commission is considering policies aimed at ensuring consumers have battery-powered telephones so that they will be able to make...Learn More

Report: Carrier SDN Plans Focus on Layer 3

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There has been “an explosion of service-provider activity” in the telecommunications sector as companies move beyond the hype and begin “grappling with the hard questions that come with actual implementation of SDN (softwared-defined networking) applications in the wide-area network (WAN),” according to new market research from Heavy Reading. “In just a few short years, SDN...Learn More

MEF GEN14: The Future is All About Ethernet and SDN

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When network operators look toward the future, what many of them see are networks based largely on Carrier Ethernet, software defined networking and the cloud. What this means for the industry was a key theme of the Metro Ethernet Forum’s GEN14 Conference in Washington, D.C. this week. On hand were several network operators that already...Learn More

2014 Subscription OTT Video Revenue Estimated at $5.8 Billion

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Having experienced phenomenal growth in recent years, subscription OTT video revenue will rise from $5.8 billion this year to just over $10 billion in 2018, Infonetics Research forecasts. Globally, revenue for the Pay-TV market as a whole rose 3.9 percent in 1H 2014, a year-over-year increase of 3.9 percent. “Subscription-based over-the-top (OTT) providers like Netflix,...Learn More

Latest Verizon Netflix Bundle Includes HBO, Showtime, and 50 Mbps FiOS

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Count Verizon in as the latest service provider to leverage the popularity of Netflix for their own gain. They are featuring Netflix in a new $60 month bundle. It’s quite the interesting relationship, considering the very public spat Verizon and Netflix had regarding the quality of Netflix video streaming across Verizon’s network just six months...Learn More