Telecom Industry Gets Serious About G.fast

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At least two North American service providers are very interested in using G.fast technology to dramatically boost the bandwidth that can be delivered over existing copper pair phone wiring, according to a source who should have a good handle on this – Lincoln Lavoie, senior engineer for the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lab oratory,...Learn More

Report: Large-Screen Smartphone Data Usage Higher than for Small Screens

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Mobile device screen size is strongly and positively correlated with mobile app usage, according to new market research in which mobile  usage data provider Mobidia and IHS Technology delve into “the impact of smartphone screen size and resolution on social, chat, game and video smartphone apps engagement and data consumption.” There has been a trend...Learn More

Could Time Warner Cable’s Phone 2 Go App Stem Landline Cord Cutting?

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Time Warner Cable today launched what could be a service provider’s best shot at stemming ongoing landline phone service erosion. But it’s only an option for services providers who, like TWC, have converted their voice lines to VoIP. TWC calls the new offering Phone 2 Go, and it’s a free smartphone or tablet app designed...Learn More

Questions Raised by Plan to Give MVPD Status to OTT Video

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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s intention to give Internet video providers MVPD status, revealed yesterday in a blog post, raises a range of questions that are likely to be hotly debated in coming months. In gaining MVPD (for “multichannel video programming distributor”) status, companies that would like to offer cable TV programming over the Internet would...Learn More

Hyperscale Survey: Data Center Bandwidth Exploding

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Designed to enable massive increases of scale rapidly, hyper-scale networking characterizes nearly six of ten (57 percent) of enterprise data center networking environments, according to results of a survey of 1,623 U.S. and European IT professionals announced by network hardware and software provider Emulex Corp October 28. More than half (51 percent) cited increasing bandwidth...Learn More

TDG: Adult Broadband Consumers Without Pay TV Hits 14%

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Legacy pay-TV subscription services have peaked and are in decline even as residential U.S. broadband penetration is poised to exceed 100 million, according to new market research from TDG (The Diffusion Group). For the first time, the number of U.S. home broadband subscriptions will surpass that for home pay-TV subscriptions over the next few months,...Learn More

Survey: Positive Perception of Wearables Lags in U.S.

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Workers around the world surveyed by Harris Poll for The Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated expressed a willingness to make use of wearable technology in the workplace. Nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of online adults said they see at least one potential benefit to using wearable technology in the workplace. Responses to the survey varied among online...Learn More

Frontier Gigabit Service Launches in Durham, N.C.

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Updated After a service provider announces plans for gigabit service for a city, it usually doesn’t take long before another service provider announces plans for ultra-high-speed service, in some cases pre-empting the first announced company by launching service first. An example of this phenomenon came late last week from Durham, N.C., where Frontier has launched...Learn More

Cisco: 13% of North American Cities Have Made Smart City Deployments

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Although a relatively small percentage (13.5%) of North American cities have deployed smart city technology, many more are beginning the process, according to research conducted by Cisco Systems. Just over half (51.2%) of municipal executives surveyed said they are reviewing smart city priorities and departmental needs, while 49% have developed long-term visions and roadmaps, 37.6%...Learn More

LRG: U.S. Broadband Penetration Rises to 79% of Households, Smartphone Role Increasing

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Broadband penetration among U.S. households continued to rise in 2014, according to a new consumer study from Leichtman Research Group (LRG). Seventy-nine percent of U.S. households now receive broadband Internet service at home, up from 20 percent in 2004, according to LRG’s “Broadband Internet Access & Services in the Home 2014.” Broadband connections now account...Learn More

ABI: Pay-TV Subscribership to Surpass 920 million Worldwide

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The number of people subscribing to pay-TV services worldwide will surpass 920 million by the end of the year, according to new market research from ABI Research. Market-wide, average revenue per user (ARPU) is expected to fall slightly due to greater price competition, though less than it did in 2013. Major sporting events, such as...Learn More

AVG: IoT Revenue Opportunities Seen by 71% of MSPs

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Two-thirds of managed services provider (MSPs) and over half (57 percent) of small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) believe the Internet of Things (IoT) will boost their revenues. Just 18 percent of SMBs thought their IT provider “was ahead of the curve regarding IoT management,” according to a new market research report from Internet/IT security systems...Learn More