Verizon CEO: Linear TV Model is Dead, We’re Looking for an OTT Partner to Bundle with 5G

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Verizon Chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam shed some light on their video strategy for 5G and it involves partnering with an existing OTT player. But which player? McAdam made it perfectly clear that Verizon has no intention of developing their own OTT video offer, but rather intends to partner with an existing player to bundle...Learn More

Comcast Whole-Home Mesh Wi-Fi Goes Nationwide, Starts at $119

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First announced and launched in limited markets late last year, a Comcast whole-home mesh Wi-Fi solution is now available nationwide. The solution is delivered through xFi pods, which plug into electrical outlets throughout the home, expanding Wi-Fi coverage. Comcast xFi pods connect with xFi gateways, and are powered by a cloud-based, remote management platform. Comcast...Learn More

Facebook Partners with Qualcomm on Terragraph Fiber-in-the-Air Technology, Aims to Enable Gigabit Fixed Wireless

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Qualcomm said today it will work with Facebook to support Facebook Terragraph technology, a high-speed wireless offering designed for urban areas that Facebook has likened to “fiber in the air.” Qualcomm said it will integrate Terragraph technology in its pre-802.11 ay Wi-Fi chipsets. Facebook and Qualcomm said they expect to begin trials of the integrated...Learn More

FCC to Tackle Rural Telecom Issues: USF Contributions, Access Charges, TDM-to-IP Transition

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The FCC has a lot on its agenda for its next monthly meeting – including three items involving rural telecom issues. The FCC rural telecom issues pertain to rural carrier contributions to the Universal Service Fund (USF), potential access charge rule changes and a possible reversal of certain requirements for carriers transitioning from TDM-based offerings...Learn More

Android Data Usage Trends: 60% Increase in One Year

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Android-based phones have seen a jump in data traffic across all operators, according to new research about Android data usage trends from AppOptix. The company monitors 4,000 Android devices, which had significant jumps in cellular and WiFi data, due — at least in part — to increases in video usage, according to the research firm....Learn More

AT&T Airship Fueling Cloud, AI Initiatives, Including 5G Core

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Newly launched, the AT&T Airship open infrastructure project aims to simplify site operation for cloud operators. The company is working with Intel Corporation, the OpenStack Foundation and Korean telecom provider SKT on the initiative. “Simply put, Airship lets you build a cloud easier than ever before,” said Amy Wheelus, AT&T vice president of Cloud and...Learn More

Kagan: U.S. Cable, Telco and DBS Video Subscribers Now Stand at 90 Million Residential

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Cable, Telco, and DBS video subscribers fell 0.8% during the first quarter of the year compared to the last quarter of 2017, according to Kagan. The rate of decline was somewhat slower than for the same period in 2017. The research firm found that multichannel subscriptions fell to 93.2 million. Of those, 90.3 million were...Learn More

Report: Google Explodes Onto the Smart Speaker Category with 709% Growth but Still Trails Amazon

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Amazon led the smart speaker category during the first quarter of the year with shipments of about 4 million units, according to Strategy Analytics. Though that’s almost half of the total category shipments of 9.2 million units, Amazon’s market share took a hit. It was almost cut in half and dipped below 50% compared to...Learn More

Senate Net Neutrality Vote Aims to Reinstate Rules

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The Senate voted 52-47 yesterday to overturn the decision late last year to end Net Neutrality rules. The Senate Net Neutrality vote was brought up under the Congressional Review Act, which allows a vote on regulatory changes within a limited time after they are signed into law. Three Republicans – John Kennedy of Louisiana, Linda...Learn More

Windstream CEO: Broadband and DIRECTV NOW Bundle Should be Effective Competitive Weapon Against Cable

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Windstream’s strategy for competing against cable companies will be based on a combination of Windstream broadband and other companies’ over-the-top (OTT) video offerings, said Windstream CEO Tony Thomas at an investor conference today. Asked about Windstream’s value proposition in the 50% of its local service territory where it has a cable competitor, Thomas said, “It’s...Learn More

New York, Others Added for Sprint 5G Rollout

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Sprint has added New York City, Phoenix and Kansas City to the markets that will receive the company’s 5G service in the first half of 2019. Previously announced markets for the Sprint 5G rollout include Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. We reported last month that if the planned merger with T-Mobile...Learn More

CAF Auction Bidders Could Include Verizon, Cox, Windstream, Frontier, Viasat, Many More

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The FCC this week released lists of companies that have submitted complete and partially complete applications to participate in the upcoming $2 billion Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II reverse auction to award broadband funding rejected by the nation’s largest local service providers in 20 states. Among the potential CAF auction bidders that have submitted...Learn More

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