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

Flurry: Use of Sports Apps Up 210% from 2013

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The use of sports apps is skyrocketing, posing a major challenge for cable companies, says Flurry Analytics, an analytics firm focused on apps. Sports apps saw an increase of 210% in usage between 2013 and 2014, Flurry said. That’s much stronger growth than Flurry saw for the broader app category, which increased 65% during the...Learn More

NISC: Time Has Never Been Better for Telecom and Power Utility Industries to Partner

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Broadband and IP networks have transformed the telecom industry and that same impact is now being felt with the electric power industry as well. Power utility companies are embracing the trend thanks to new technologies like the smart grid and “virtualizing power.” Many electric utilities see an opportunity in providing broadband services as well. This...Learn More
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The Art of Delivering Hosted Unified Communications

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With the explosive growth in hosted private-branch exchange (PBX) and unified communications (UC), many service providers are now considering selling hosted communications services to business customers for the first time. The financial rewards can be great for the service providers offering hosted PBX/UC services. But as with any robust communications service, there is a fair...Learn More

USDA Broadband Loan and Grant Recipients Announced

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture said today that it has awarded $190.5 million in broadband grants and loans to 19 communications service providers for projects in 25 states. The USDA makes low-interest loans to rural telephone companies through the Telecommunications Infrastructure Loan program, which was initially established to support construction of and upgrades to voice networks,...Learn More

Mobile Gesture Control Forecast to Grow at Least 30% Annually

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In the mid-1990s, Apple kick-started what quickly grew into an industry-wide rush to develop and roll out connected mobile devices with touchscreens. The innovation has changed the look, feel and performance of portable digital media devices, smartphones, tablets, and to a lesser degree, personal computers. A new generation of user interfaces is poised to reduce...Learn More

Adobe Finds Growth in Online TV Viewing of 388% in One Year

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Online TV consumption across connected devices has rocketed 388-percent higher year-over-year in 2014 as more people watched more TV online than ever before. Video game consoles and over-the-top (OTT) devices, moreover, now account for 10 percent of overall online TV viewing, according to Adobe’s latest “Video Benchmark Report.” Analyzing trends in consumption of online TV...Learn More

PwC: Adoption of Wearables On Par with Tablets in 2012

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The market for wearable connected devices is poised for strong growth, with ongoing innovation and advances opening up opportunities for businesses to build brand-name recognition, customer affinity and loyalty, according to a new market research report from PwC US. PwC’s “The Wearable Future” report says adoption of wearable devices is “on par with tablets in...Learn More

Small Telco Gigabit Launch from Pinnacle Communications

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The latest gigabit network launch comes from Pinnacle Communications, a small telco serving Lavaca, Arkansas. The company several years ago deployed fiber-to-the-home throughout its serving area, which simplified the process of upgrading the network to support gigabit service, explained Pinnacle Communications General Manager John Zeller in an interview. Pinnacle’s upgrade required acquiring additional backbone connectivity...Learn More