This is Big: Telcos, MEF Launch Ethernet Interconnection Point (EIP) Project

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An announcement today about an initiative from Carrier Ethernet association MEF that has the backing of America’s largest incumbent telcos illustrates an important change in the telecom business. As MEF Director of Communications & Research Stan Hubbard put it in an interview, “Carrier Ethernet emerged as the global choice for TDM replacement.” The MEF is...Learn More

J.D. Power: Flagship Devices Key to Smartphone Satisfaction

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Flagship device launches have become increasingly important to wireless OEMs as they look to differentiate their products and brands from competitors. Flagship wireless device launches, according to the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Wireless Smartphone Satisfaction Study – Volume 1 “are an influential and critical driver of device selection, user experience and, ultimately, satisfaction with the...Learn More

Internet of Things Tech Support: Parks Sees Opportunities

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Consumers are installing more and more in the way of smart home devices, as well as entertainment and computing devices, and many of them are installing them themselves, according to new market research from Parks Associates. Researchers also found that the trend of installing and connecting all these “things” to the Internet bodes well for...Learn More

Ritter/Fidelity Regional Fiber Network Eliminates Internet Middlemen

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A new regional fiber network built by two small local telcos not only will bring higher-speed connectivity to communities in six states. It also should enhance users’ Internet experience in another way: It will minimize the number of carriers underlying users’ end-to-end Internet connection, which should help minimize latency – an increasingly important consideration as...Learn More

IDC: Cloud Infrastructure Spending to Reach $32 Billion in 2015

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Worldwide spending on cloud IT infrastructure – servers, disk storage and Ethernet switches – will increase 21 percent year-over-year in 2015 to reach $32 billion, according to the latest IDC Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker. Spending in the market segment will represent fully one-third of overall IT infrastructure spending for the year, IDC highlights...Learn More

Another Rural Gigabit Deployment: Montana’s Nemont

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Montana-based rural telco Nemont has joined the gigabit club, announcing this week that it is launching service in Scobey, Montana. In a press release, the company said the ultra-high-speed service is available to businesses and residences that already have fiber to the premises, suggesting that this is an upgrade as opposed to a brand new...Learn More

Google Fi: $649 for a Nexus 6 Gets You $20-a-Month Wi-Fi-Centric Service

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Google’s new mobile service, dubbed Fi, offers some innovative capabilities and undercuts competitors on pricing in an already highly competitive market (pricing details later in this post). But to get the new capabilities and lower pricing, consumers will have to shell out $649 to $699 for a Nexus 6 phablet, payable up front or in...Learn More

Wearable Adopter Survey: 79% See Them as Strategic

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A growing number of information and communications companies including industry super-heavyweights Google and Apple have been touting the benefits of wearable connected devices in recent years. A new research report from CRM software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider Salesforce “confirms that, as one of the hottest segments in tech, wearables are seen as a strategic platform for improving...Learn More

High-Tech Lobbying Expenditures: Report Finds Big Jump from Google

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Political lobbying aimed at influencing what’s written into new and revised federal legislation and regulations is a core activity for the world’s multinational information and communications technology (ICT) companies. Google, for instance, spent a record $5.47 million in lobbying the U.S. Congress in 2015’s first quarter, according to Consumer Watchdog. Google’s 1Q’15 political lobbying spend...Learn More

Wheeler: FCC Will Tackle Rate-of-Return CAF Program This Year

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The FCC has committed to “taking action” on a broadband Connect America Fund program for the nation’s smaller rate-of-return carriers by the end of the year, said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler in a blog post Friday. To further that goal, the commission has met with associations and others representing ROR carriers to “ask for their...Learn More

Comcast Gigabit Footprint Begins to Grow

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Before the first Comcast gig customer can sign up in Atlanta, their first announced Gigabit Pro market, the Comcast Gigabit footprint is already beginning to grow. Comcast officially announced the south Florida market as next in line for their 2 Gigabit service. The Bay Area of California was recently announced as well. Comcast Gigabit Footprint...Learn More

OTT Video Revenue Forecast to Reach $32 Billion in 2019

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Revenue across the global over-the-top (OTT) video marketplace will reach $32 billion by 2019, according to the latest market data and forecast from Juniper Research. Ongoing growth in mature, developed markets such as North America and Western Europe and “the emergence of key OTT TV providers in the Far East and Asia Pacific will bring...Learn More