IoT Tops the List of 5G Use Cases as Industry Players Hammer Out Technical Specs

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The global wireless industry is well on its way towards introducing next-generation 5G wireless broadband technology and 5G use cases vary. Pilot trials are set for 2017-2018 and the first commercial deployments will start in 2020 or shortly thereafter, according to an Aug. 29 research commentary from IHS Markit Senior Research Director, Mobile Stéphane Téral....Learn More

IDC: Worldwide IT Spending to Exceed $2.7 Trillion by 2020

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Worldwide IT spending will increase at revised 3.3% CAGR from 2015-2020, rising from $2.4 trillion this year to more than $2.7 trillion, according to a revised forecast from IDC released Aug. 29. The largest corporations in global industry sectors including manufacturing and telecommunications will fuel the rise as they continue to invest in ¨3rd Platform...Learn More

Verizon Accelerates 4G LTE Performance, Claims Peak Wireless Speeds of 200+ Mbps

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Verizon has turned on their LTE Advanced network in 461 markets across the U.S., leading to peak wireless speeds of 200+ Mbps for mobile broadband, the company announced. LTE Advanced is the next generation of 4G LTE and it is being deployed across the globe. LTE Advanced uses carrier aggregation technology, which essentially utilizes multiple...Learn More

Wireless Network Quality Study Reveals Need for Ongoing Investment in Urban Areas

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Urban areas with high densities of young, heavy network users continue to pose challenges for wireless services providers, according to the second semi-annual installment of the J.D. Power 2016 Wireless Network Quality Performance Study. Released Aug. 25, the results indicate wireless carriers need to continue investing in urban infrastructure as the use of 4G LTE...Learn More

AT&T Obtains HBO OTT Rights for Upcoming Streaming Service

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AT&T is preparing the launch of their DIRECTV Now streaming service and just secured HBO OTT rights, according to the company. The HBO OTT rights are a part of a broader multi-platform agreement that will bring HBO and Cinemax across all AT&T video service platforms. “Our agreement with HBO is groundbreaking in the pay TV...Learn More
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NOC Importance Grows as Carriers Shift to All IP Networks

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As broadband carriers continue down the path to all IP networks, the importance of network operations centers (NOCs) grows. Reaching optimal performance for IP networks is critical as applications like video and the IoT require low latency and high performance, and NOCs give broadband carriers the visibility and management tools they need to achieve it....Learn More

Digital Voice Activated Assistants Forecast to be in Over 2 Percent of U.S. Households This Year

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More than 2 percent of U.S. households – estimated at more than 2.8 million – will own a voice-activated digital assistant by the end of the year, according to a digital voice activated assistants forecast from Strategy Analytics. The market research and consulting company forecasts around 1.8 million digital voice activated assistant devices will be...Learn More

NRTC Pulse Broadband Acquisition Targets Rural Broadband Deployments

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NRTC yesterday announced it signed a definitive agreement to wholly acquire Pulse Broadband LLC, a company that has helped cooperatives, municipalities and others deploy fiber technology and services to rural homes, businesses and communities. Financial terms and conditions of the NRTC Pulse Broadband acquisition have not been disclosed, but NRTC in a press release explained...Learn More

5G Mobile Forecast Calls for Handset Sales to Exceed 300 Million by 2025

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Much work remains to be done in order to meet the need for a common 5G wireless broadband industry standard that satisfies the diverse needs of market participants, according to Strategy Analytics’ ¨5G Progress Review – Fragmentation Likely but Diversification Possible.¨ The market research provider’s 5G mobile forecast calls for  the first commercial sales to...Learn More

J.D. Power Finds Cord Stackers More Satisfied with Streaming Video Services

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Pay-TV customers who ¨stack¨ a streaming video service on top of their traditional cable or satellite subscriptions are more satisfied overall, according to new market research from J.D. Power. While cord stackers were the most satisfied, overall satisfaction was lowest among ¨cord cutters.¨ The inaugural study measures six criteria to determine overall satisfaction among those...Learn More

Obama Cool and Connected Program to Use Broadband to Revitalize 10 Appalachian Towns

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Ten communities in six Appalachian states will receive technical assistance from an inter-agency Obama administration program aimed at using broadband to revitalize downtown areas.  The Obama Cool and Connected program taps resources within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). ARC is a regional economic...Learn More

Tybee Island Embraces IT Paradigm Shift, Adopts Network-as-a-Service

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The City of Tybee Island, a popular tourist destination situated on a barrier island off the coast of Savannah, Georgia is making use of a network-as-a-service package that combines enterprise network infrastructure and cloud-managed services. The ProCloud Subscription Service comes from Adtran, which says the service enables Tybee Island to avoid substantial upfront network infrastructure...Learn More