Mobile Video Viewing Forecast to Surpass Desktop by 4Q 2016, TV Everywhere on the RIse

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Viewing of video on mobile devices is poised to surpass desktop viewing as early as 4Q 2016, according to the inaugural “Adobe Video Benchmark Report.” As a result, “mobile video advertising could be a big opportunity in the near future, as consumer eyeballs flock to smartphones for video viewing,” Adobe highlights. Smartphones’ share of video...Learn More

ComScore Finds Huge Growth in Mobile Media Consumption

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Strong growth in mobile devices and multi-platform content consumption continued unabated in 2014, as new research from comScore illustrates. “Perhaps more so than at any other time in recent memory, changes were not merely incremental but rather seemed to represent key inflection points in the evolution of various markets and behaviors,” comScore writes in the...Learn More

Rural Call Completion Problem Garners More Attention with New Senate Bill

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The latest attempt to stop problems with calls not going through to rural areas comes from two U.S. senators, who have introduced the Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act. The legislation, introduced by Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) and Jon Tester (D-Montana) would direct the FCC to establish basic quality standards for providers that transmit...Learn More

Akamai: U.S. Average Peak Broadband Speed is Nearly 50 Mbps

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The U.S. average peak broadband speed in the fourth quarter of 2014 was 49.4 Mbps according to the latest Akamai State of the Internet report. The U.S. average connection speed was 11.1 Mbps for that period, Akamai said. While average connection speed measures the average amount of data flowing over a broadband connection, the average...Learn More

CEO: Mobile Telemedicine is Focus for MVNO Seniors Wireless

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A unique way of differentiating a wireless offering comes from Seniors Wireless, a subsidiary of Australia-based MVNO emveno. The two-part offering launched yesterday combines mobile voice and data service with a telemedicine service operated by emveno called teleMED Assist. TeleMED Assist promises to give customers the ability to speak with a doctor at any time...Learn More

Exec Shares Verizon 100G Metro Plans

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Verizon expects eventually to offer 100G wavelength and Carrier Ethernet services based on the 100G metro optical equipment the company today said it plans to deploy. “Both wave and Ethernet services are supported” by the equipment that the company plans to deploy, said Lee Hicks, vice president of Verizon network planning, in an email to...Learn More

Add Salt Lake City to the Google Fiber Footprint, Takes on CenturyLink

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Google announced Salt Lake City as their latest Google Fiber city today. Salt Lake City joins Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville and Raleigh as Google Fiber expansion cities. Google Fiber is already up and running in Austin, Kansas City, and Provo, Utah. “We’re looking forward to seeing Salt Lake residents use gigabit Internet to spark creative ideas,...Learn More

With Smartphone Video Usage at 122 Million, Nielsen Looks to Capture Total Media Audience

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Spurred on by the need to better track and understand the flood of customer data flowing in through connected devices and digital media channels, media market research companies are racing to develop better methods and tools. Aiming “to total up audiences across devices and burgeoning viewing platforms,” Nielsen on March 19 launched “Total It Up:...Learn More

Report: Pay TV Revenues Peaked at $103 Billion in 2013

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North American pay-TV revenues peaked at $102.86 billion in 2013, according to a new forecast from Digital TV Research. Revenues will drop 11.7 percent ($12.04 billion) from 2014-2020, coming in at $90.71 billion in 2020, according to the researchers. Cable revenues across Canada and the U.S. will fall $12.98 billion over the course of the...Learn More

CableLabs Joins NYU 5G Research Program

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Non-profit cable industry research consortium CableLabs has joined NYU WIRELESS adding resources to the university research center’s drive to develop super-fast, next generation (5G) mobile network technology. CableLabs is NYU WIRELESS’s twelfth industry affiliate, joining the likes of Intel, Qualcomm, Samsung and other industry leaders. It’s estimated that some 50 billion devices will be connected...Learn More

Bernstein: Connect America Fund Could Boost Five Carriers’ Annual Revenues by $717 Million by 2020

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Phase II of the Connect America Fund, targeted to get underway soon, offers substantial “financial upside” for five of the nation’s largest price cap carriers, according to telecom financial analysts at Bernstein Research. In a research note issued yesterday, Bernstein analysts estimated that the five carriers – AT&T, Verizon, CenturyLink, Frontier and Windstream – could...Learn More

Wireless Stakeholders Defend Against Alleged TV White Spaces Database Flaws

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The National Association of Broadcasters last week filed an emergency motion with the FCC to suspend operation of the TV white spaces database because, according to the NAB, the system has “serious design flaws.” But according to the Wireless Innovation Alliance, the NAB has provided no evidence that FCC requirements are not being met or...Learn More