CTA Connected Home Security Checklist Tool Targets Installers

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Newly released from the Consumer Technology Association, the CTA Connected Home Security Checklist Tool aims to help smart home technology installers ensure the smart home tech they install for customers complies with industry best practices. The tool includes details regarding security protocols and other best practices that smart home tech installers should be sure to...Learn More

Comcast Hedges Bet on Nationwide OTT Service, Secures OTT Rights

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The field for nationwide OTT offers is getting quite crowded, and it may one day include Comcast. A report from Bloomberg Business cites recent negotiations by Comcast to secure nationwide OTT rights from several programmers. The move appears to be a hedge for now for the nation’s largest wireline provider of traditional pay-TV services. An...Learn More

AT&T Fiber Expansion Continues with 50 New Communities Across 17 Markets

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The race is on to achieve 12.5 million locations across 67 markets by 2019, which are the stated goals for AT&T fiber expansion. AT&T announced that 50 additional communities now have access to their gigabit capable fiber service, expanding their reach in 17 existing metro markets. The new communities are located in markets including Chicago,...Learn More

TDS managedIP Footprint to Expand, Sees Great Opportunity in Acquired Cable Markets

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An announced TDS managedIP footprint expansion will bring the hosted VoIP service to businesses in 80 new communities, which are served through cable properties acquired by TDS over the years. The properties are located in several states, including Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas and Utah. TDS’s managedIP service is a hosted business communications...Learn More

Nokia Claims 600 MHz LTE Equipment First

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Nokia claimed a 600 MHz LTE equipment first today, announcing that it has completed the first pre-standard 600 MHz LTE call using commercially available equipment. The winning bidders in the FCC’s auction of 600 MHz spectrum are expected to use the spectrum to expand their LTE footprints, as well as shore up capacity and enhance...Learn More

Report: Apple iPhone 6s and 7 Models Were Best Selling Smartphones in 2016

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Warding off challenges from other premium, as well as low-cost, competition, Apple’s iPhone 6s and 7 models were the best selling smartphones worldwide in 2016, according to IHS Markit. Apple’s latest smartphone, the iPhone 7 was the top seller in 4Q last year, with the iPhone 7 Plus ranked second. The 6s model took the...Learn More

Verizon Connected Car App Hum is One Example of Diverse Wireless Carrier IoT Strategy

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The Verizon connected car expansion announced yesterday illustrates the importance of the Internet of Things to wireless carriers. Verizon added a premium version of its aftermarket connected car line, dubbed Hum, and launched a free Hum app that could help spur future sales of the monthly service. The news comes at a time when some...Learn More

CenturyLink Execs: Central Office Virtualization Begins with DSL Delivery

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CenturyLink has big plans for central office virtualization, and the first place the company is implementing those plans involves DSL service delivery, as news announced today illustrates. The company said it was the first carrier to use its own virtualized broadband network gateway (vBNG) based on central office re-architected as a datacenter (CORD) concepts. As...Learn More

Eying an Opening, CenturyLink and Frontier Seek Regulatory Relief for Business Data Services

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CenturyLink and Frontier apparently see the current FCC administration as potentially sympathetic to their concerns about business data services regulation. In a letter filed with the FCC yesterday, the carriers asked the commission to grant them non-dominant business data service status, arguing that they do not dominate that market because they have ample competition. The...Learn More

Report: Voice Assistant Penetration Jumps to 12% of U.S. Broadband Households

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U.S. households have been taking to digital voice assistants faster than they typically adopt new consumer electronics, according to new market research from Parks Associates. Voice assistant penetration rose from 5% of U.S. broadband households in 4Q 2015 to 12% in 4Q 2016, researchers said. Fast growing consumer uptake and use of digital smart home...Learn More

Snapchat Effect? Apple Clips App Lets Users Create and Share Sophisticated Photo and Video Creations

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Apple has introduced Clips, a mobile app designed to make it easier for users to combine video clips, photos and for the first time, voice-produced animated titles to produce their own video shorts and share them on social media networks. The Apple Clips app supports 36 languages and serves as a testimony as to how...Learn More

FTTH Council Rebrands as the Fiber Broadband Association

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Recognizing the broader application of fiber broadband, the FTTH Council has changed their name to the Fiber Broadband Association. It’s a smart move, given the relative limited focus of the fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) descriptor. Indeed fiber broadband powers so much more than just home connections, including businesses, cell towers, small cells, MDUs, distribution points, and on...Learn More