TBR: Wireless Revenue Trends Up Slightly, Thanks to Higher Equipment Costs

Wireless revenue trends are up 2% year-to-year for U.S. carriers covered in Technology Business Research Inc.’s (TBR) 4Q17 U.S. & Canada Mobile Operator Benchmark report. Those revenues have reached an annual total of $62.7 billion, TBR said. According to the research firm, higher equipment revenue was the primary reason for the increase. Customers purchasing unsubsidized...Learn More

FCC Adopts New Small Cell Approval Rules in Pursuit of 5G

The Federal Communications Commission today adopted new small cell approval rules aimed at streamlining the wireless infrastructure siting review process to facilitate the deployment of next-generation wireless facilities. According to the FCC, the actions will reduce regulatory impediments to deploying small cells needed for 5G and help to expand the reach of 5G for faster,...Learn More

Proposed Federal Budget Would Allocate Just $7.5 Million to Fix National Broadband Map Data

The omnibus bill to fund the federal government that is currently before Congress calls for $7.5 million to go to the National Telecommunications and Information Agency (NTIA) to update National Broadband Map data in coordination with the FCC and using partnerships previously developed with the states. The news comes at a time when a wide...Learn More

WBA Introduces Wi-Fi Deployment Guidelines, Compliance Checklist

The Wireless Broadband Alliance yesterday released the WBA Wi-Fi Deployment Guidelines and Compliance Checklist. The parallel offerings provide deployment best practices for wireless network operators and infrastructure vendors. WBA Wi-Fi Deployment Guidelines “The WBA has launched the Wi-Fi Deployment Guidelines vision as part of our overarching mission to resolve the business challenges the industry faces,”...Learn More

Congressional Spending Bill Allocates $600 Million in New Rural Broadband Funding

New rural broadband funding is included in the $1.3 trillion congressional omnibus bill to fund the government this year. The bill calls for an additional $600 million to be distributed through the Rural Utilities Service (RUS). The funding authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to create a pilot program within RUS that distributes the new funding...Learn More

Pai Urges Small Cable CAF II Auction Bids; Will They Take Him Up on It?

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today urged small cable companies to bid for funding in the upcoming Connect America Fund (CAF) auction, scheduled to start in July. The CAF II Auction will award as much as $2 billion over 10 years to cover some of the costs of deploying broadband to unserved or underserved rural areas....Learn More

USDA Accepting Community Connect Grant Applications, Up to $3M Each Available for Rural Broadband Projects

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has begun accepting applications for Community Connect grants, which cover as much as 85% of the costs of providing broadband service in unserved and underserved rural communities. Interested parties have until May 14 to submit their USDA Community Connect grant applications. State and local governments, federally-recognized tribes, non-profit organizations and...Learn More

Report: Big Four Broadcast Networks Are Most Desired for Skinny TV Bundles, ESPN Didn’t Make Top Ten

Broadcast networks top the list for most desired TV channels groups, according to new skinny TV bundles research from The Diffusion Group (TDG). In the survey of 2,030 connected consumers about the five network families they’d prefer to have included in a 5-group skinny TV plan, the Big-4 broadcast network groups occupied four of the...Learn More

Report: SD-WAN Success Factors Include Simplicity and Cloud Integration

SD-WAN will grow 200% year-over-year, according to a new report from SD-WAN provider Cato Networks. Additionally, identified SD-WAN success factors include simplification for connectivity, security, and the cloud, all of which are major themes for WAN transformation in 2018. The need for network simplicity is one of the major issues for today’s wide area networks...Learn More

IoT Momentum for Cable is Evident as Comcast Signs 5 to its MachineQ IoT Platform

In a sign of the growing business for cable MSOs in the IoT segment, five companies have agreed to use the MachineQ offering, which is a business unit of Comcast. The companies will use MachineQ for asset tracking (Adveez), geo-location (CareBand), water infrastructure management (Neptune), facilities management (Pansofik) and pest control (Victor). Comcast MachineQ MachineQ...Learn More

Adtran Buys Sumitomo North America EPON Business, Aims to Dramatically Expand Cable MSO Business

Adtran will gain considerable clout with cable companies as a result of its purchase of the North America EPON business of Sumitomo Electric Industries. Adtran already has EPON technology, but Japan-based Sumitomo has a dominant market share position in the North American EPON market, as well as in its home market, according to Adtran. The...Learn More

Cox2M Internet of Things Offering to Use Unlicensed and Licensed Spectrum

Cox Communications is getting more aggressive on the wireless front, but so far at least, it’s taking a different form than we might have expected. It’s wireless ambitions will initially focus on commercial opportunities related to the Internet of Things, with the company’s launch yesterday of Cox2M Internet of Things service. Other cable companies, including...Learn More

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