Flurry: Communitainment Fuels 38.5 Percent Rise in Mobile App Usage

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The average amount of time U.S. mobile device users spend engaged with mobile app content rose another 38.5 percent between 2015 and 2016, according to Yahoo’s Flurry market research unit. That follows a 108 percent increase between 2014 and 2015. Researchers attribute this rise, in part, to a rise in communitainment — communication for the...Learn More

FCC Measures U.S. Median Broadband Speed at 39 Mbps

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The U.S. median broadband speed was 39 Mbps downstream as of September 2015, according to FCC data released yesterday – up 22% from the previous year. The results were published in the FCC’s latest “Measuring Broadband America” report. Issued since 2011, that report initially focused on actual vs. advertised broadband speeds but has expanded over...Learn More

IDC: Tablet Shipments Will Rebound Thanks to Detachables

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In just a short span of time, tablets have gone from a computing/communications device and consumer electronics growth leader to an als0-ran. Growth will pick up again, but not until 2018 and then top out in single-digit rates, according to the latest from the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker. Global tablet shipments will decline 12...Learn More

J.D. Power: Wireless Router Satisfaction Rises

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Manufacturers’ efforts to improve the performance of wireless routers and make them easier to use appear to be successful, according to new market research about wireless router satisfaction from J.D. Power. Wireless router customer satisfaction rose across all 10 factors – a total 24 index points to 847 on a 1,000-point index scale. Customer satisfaction...Learn More

MBBF: 5G Future is About Digitizing the World, Once and For All

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The migration to a 5G future is already underway and it’s going to be different than previous wireless generation migrations. Much different. That was a key theme at Huawei’s Mobile Broadband Forum (MBBF), held last week in Tokyo. Seizing the true business opportunity amongst the great hype machine generated by 5G will be paramount. There...Learn More

Comcast Joins ON.Lab SDN and NFV Development Communities

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Comcast announced it’s joining ON.Lab, a non-profit industry association that aims to advance Software-Defined Networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV) and cloud computing. ON.Lab SDN and NFV initiatives are open source-based. The organization was founded by SDN inventors and leaders from Stanford University and UC Berkeley. More specifically, Comcast is joining ON.Lab’s Open Network Operating...Learn More

IDC: Smartphone Shipment Growth to Slow Sharply, Total 1.45 Billion in 2016

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Global smartphone shipment growth will be just 0.6% year-over-year (YoY) in 2016 to total 1.45 billion units, according to the latest from IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. That’s down sharply from 10.4% YoY growth exhibited in 2015. Growth in developed markets, including the U.S., will be slower where smartphones are more widely used and...Learn More

Breaking with DOCSIS 3.1 Cablecos, Altice FTTH Plans Include Path to 10 Gbps

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While some of the largest U.S. cable companies are looking primarily to DOCSIS 3.1 to support gigabit broadband deployments, Altice USA has opted instead to deploy fiber-to-the-home, which it says will support speeds up to 10 Gbps. A five-year Altice FTTH rollout plan announced today and dubbed “Generation GigaSpeed” aims to bring ultra-high speed broadband...Learn More

Enterprise, Fiber Network Consolidation Continues with Zayo Acquisition of Electric Lightwave

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Another day, another fiber network consolidation example, with news today that Zayo intends to acquire Electric Lightwave (formerly Integra) for $1.42 billion. The transaction highlights accelerating M&A activity in the regional fiber and enterprise markets, with several significant transactions announced recently, among many smaller deals. With Electric Lightwave, Zayo gains a facilities based regional fiber...Learn More

Level 3 Acquisition Will Completely Transform CenturyLink, Enterprise Market

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If CenturyLink’s plan to merge with Level 3 Communications is approved, the combined carrier will get 76% of its revenue from the enterprise and wholesale market, said a Level 3 executive today. After the CenturyLink, Level 3 merger, the combined company would be the most heavily business-focused of the nation’s five largest service providers by...Learn More

Report: U.S. High-Tech Jobs Average 30K per Congressional District

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The high-tech economy plays an important role in every U.S. Congressional district, including providing an average of nearly 30,000 jobs per congressional district, according to new research about U.S. high-tech jobs from the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation. “The U.S. economy is extremely diverse, and different regions may specialize in different products and services, but...Learn More

Mobile Broadband Forum: 4.5G WTTH Helping Accelerate Next Generation Fixed Wireless

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Growing fixed wireless momentum across the globe is leading to the concept of wireless-to-the-home (WTTH), promising fiber like speeds that are increasingly seen as lower cost alternative option for traditional wireline fixed broadband service. WTTH was on full display last week with particular emphasis on 4.5G WTTH, during Huawei’s Mobile Broadband Forum (MBBF), which took...Learn More