Survey: It’s Confirmed, Truck Rolls Are a Pain in the Butt

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Sending personnel to people’s homes – truck rolls – is a major expense to broadband and video providers. In addition to costs, other challenges are growing steeper as consumers become more mobile and their habits more unpredictable, according to results of a service call survey released today by ContactEngine, provider of a contact management platform....Learn More

Comcast Streaming TV Service to Debut, Just Don’t Call it OTT

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A new Comcast streaming TV service, Instant TV will debut in the second half of 2017, the company confirmed on its 2Q17 earnings report conference call today. Comcast has discussed this service previously, calling it Stream TV in the past. Instant TV will be an IP based streaming service, delivered across broadband. But Comcast will...Learn More

Nokia Analytics to Underlie C Spire Smart City Trial

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A C Spire smart city trial in Ridgeland, Mississippi will include smart lighting and traffic analytics with the goal of saving costs, improving quality of life and enhancing economic development opportunities, the carrier said today. C Spire is partnering with Nokia to provide connectivity, services and analytics, a C Spire spokesperson told Telecompetitor. The partners,...Learn More

Report: U.S. Connected TV Users to Rise 10%, Roku Heads the Pack

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The number of U.S. connected TV users will continue to grow at a double-digit rate this year, rising 10.1% from 2016’s level. Smart TVs actually connected to the Internet will be the single largest category, according to eMarketer. In sum, 168.1 million people in the U.S. will use an Internet-connected TV device of one type...Learn More

CenturyLink Managed Hybrid SD-WAN Launched

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A CenturyLink managed hybrid SD-WAN service hit the market yesterday. As the company explained, the offering delivers comprehensive WAN packages “as a service” for a fixed monthly price. The availability of the CenturyLink Managed Hybrid SD-WAN solutions holds out prospects of tighter integration of high-capacity network infrastructure and customer premises equipment, along with optimization of...Learn More

Hammer Fiber, Go Long Deal to Support National Pre-5G Fixed Wireless Expansion Plan

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Regional carrier Hammer Fiber has big fixed wireless broadband ambitions. Although Hammer until now has focused on the New Jersey, Philadelphia and New York markets, the company plans to launch service in 49 additional markets throughout the U.S., including underserved rural communities. To support those plans, the company said today that it will use spectrum...Learn More

Is a Verizon FirstNet Plan in the Works? FCC Letter Seeks Clarification

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When the Commerce Department earlier this year awarded the contract to build the FirstNet nationwide mobile broadband public safety network to AT&T, it wasn’t a done deal for all 50 states. Individual states still must opt in (which at least five already have done) or opt out of AT&T’s plan for the state. And as...Learn More

TBR: Carrier Enterprise Revenue Sees Decline

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Major U.S. carrier enterprise revenue trends declined between the first quarter of 2016 and the first quarter of 2017, according to new research from Technology Business Research. AT&T, Verizon, and CenturyLink saw declines in the range of 5%, while Level 3 saw flat enterprise revenues. One bright spot was IT services, which grew 4.7% among...Learn More

FirstNet Apps Ecosystem is Key to Future Success and is Being Built on Three Pillars

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Applications will be key to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and the FirsNet Apps ecosystem is being built on three pillars. They include: developing a rich set of applications for public safety, ensuring that the applications developed for the network enhance public safety and providing capabilities for applications to be developed from the ranks...Learn More

NCTC OTT Deals include Sony PlayStation Vue and fuboTV

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In a sign of the times, two NCTC OTT deals were announced at this week’s Independent Show, taking place in Indianapolis. The two deals will allow NCTC members to resell OTT services from Sony PlayStation Vue and fuboTV, both of which are considered vMVPDs, offering an OTT streaming alternative to traditional pay-TV services. The National...Learn More

Verizon, General Motors Connected Car Deal is About Global Connectivity

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Global connectivity is the focus of a Verizon, General Motors connected car deal announced today. The deal calls for Verizon Telematics and global connectivity provider Globetouch to launch “upgraded network solutions” that will be used for GM’s OnStar connected vehicle service. Verizon, along with several other global telecom service providers, is a Globetouch backer, explained...Learn More

SES 4K Ultra HD Trials Now Include 30 Operators, Reaching 10 Million Subscribers

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Nine additional pay-TV operators in the United States have joined SES’s 4K Ultra HD trials, bringing the total companies participating to 30, according to the company. Thirty operators with a total of more than 10 million subscribers now have entered 4K Ultra HD trials with SES. The nine new operators in the United States are...Learn More

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