AWS-3 Auction Finally Ends, Raising $45 Billion

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The record breaking auction of AWS-3 spectrum is finally over, said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler at an FCC monthly meeting today. Wheeler did not reveal who the winners were, but he did say that in total the winners bid nearly $45 billion. To put that in perspective, one financial firm predicted just before the auction...Learn More

25 Mbps Broadband Definition Adopted, Wheeler Finds Carriers Hypocritical

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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler had harsh words for broadband providers today, essentially accusing them of hypocrisy in their comments about broadband speed requirements. Wheeler’s comments came at today’s FCC meeting, at which the commission adopted a new definition of broadband of 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream for purposes of gauging whether broadband service...Learn More

Smartphone Market Share: Report Finds Apple Gains

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More than 1 billion smartphones were shipped worldwide in 4Q 2014, with a record-setting total of 74.5 million iPhones contributing to 29 percent year-over-year growth, according to the latest market data from Juniper Research. Smartphone OEM leader Samsung reported a decline in earnings, even as its 2014 smartphone shipments, which totaled 315 million, accounted for...Learn More

Add Nickelodeon OTT to the Growing List of Broadband Delivered OTT Channels

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The list of mainstream traditional programming that will become available direct-to-consumer, without the need of a pay-TV subscription is growing. The popular children’s channel Nickelodeon is the latest to join this list, which also includes HBO, CBS, Showtime, Univison, and others. These moves illustrate a rapidly evolving pay-TV industry, creating more questions than answers regarding...Learn More

Mobile Broadband Demand May Lead to Small Cell Central Offices

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Wireless network operator deployments of small cells will bring major changes to the way the operators architect their networks, said Iain Gillott, president of wireless research firm iGR this week. Gillott made his comments at Technology Futures Inc.’s Communications Technology and Asset Valuation Conference in Austin, Texas. In addition to triggering the deployment of fiber...Learn More

Report: Top Ten Telecom Social Media Engagers Lead Underperforming Industry

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Social media has rapidly earned a place among the roster of tools companies use to engage customers and enhance affinity and loyalty to brands and their businesses. Telecom companies in the U.S. and Canada fall short when it comes to putting social media to good use, however, according to the latest eValue assessment from Engagement Labs....Learn More

ABI: Enterprise Market to Fuel Smart Glasses Sales Growth of 150 Percent

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Consumer adoption has garnered the lion’s share of attention when it comes to growth prospects for smart glasses. Yet it’s the enterprise and public sectors that will fuel strong growth and uptake of smart glasses this year, according to the latest market research report from ABI Research. 2015 will be a big year for smart...Learn More

5G Network Requirements: 10 Gig, Ultra-Low-Latency?

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The wireless industry is considering 5G performance targets of 10 Gbps and 1 millisecond-latency, said the senior director of technology for wireless association GSMA on an investor conference call organized by Bernstein financial analysts last week. Those targets will require the use of higher frequency spectrum, along with considerable innovation in antenna technology and the...Learn More

NPD: Streaming Media Player Penetration to Hit 40% of U.S. Internet Homes by 2017

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No less than 40 percent of U.S. Internet homes – a total 39 million – will have a streaming media player come 1Q 2017, according to a new forecast from NPD Group. Just 16 percent had one as of 1Q 2014. Taking into account purchases this past holiday season, NPD expects 24 percent of U.S....Learn More

Google Fiber Expansion is Here, Four Additional Markets on Tap

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Google will announce this week Google Fiber expansion plans to four additional markets, according to numerous reports, including the Wall Street Journal. The markets are all in the Southeast and include Nashville, Atlanta, Charlotte, and Raleigh. Google has not formally confirmed these reports, but has scheduled media events in all four cities. These four new...Learn More

Verizon Rural Call Completion Settlement Totals $5 Million

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Verizon is the latest telco to agree to a settlement with the FCC to resolve a rural call completion investigation. The company has agreed to pay a fine of two million dollars and to implement a compliance plan to which it has committed an additional three million dollars, the FCC said. The Verizon rural call...Learn More

First Cable Wi-Fi Mobile Service, Freewheel, Will Challenge Mobile Industry

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The cable industry has long embraced Wi-Fi as a competitive differentiator. New York based Cablevision was an early pioneer in cable Wi-Fi, and they are once again out in front with Freewheel, the first cable Wi-Fi based mobile phone service. Freewheel could be a sign of things to come from the entire cable industry, who...Learn More