IDC: Ongoing Industry Disruption Will Drive Digital Transformation Spending to Reach $2T by 2020

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All the R&D devoted to pushing the envelope of telecommunications and network computing has yielded what IDC dubs “digital transformation technologies,” a new category of information and communications technology (ICT) that the market research company forecasts will grow at a 17.9% CAGR from 2015-2020 to reach $2.0 trillion. Nearer term, IDC’s digital transformation spending forecast...Learn More

CSG: Millennial Mobile Attitudes Indicate Openness to AI, Personalization over Anonymity

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CSG Systems International aims to assess how Millennial mobile attitudes change as they age in a new market research report. Surveying nearly 1,000 young adult Millennials, CSG found they have some clearly defined priorities regarding mobile service in coming years. That includes increasing focus on personalization, greater uptake of AI (artificial intelligence), and use of...Learn More

Verizon Exponent Brings AI, IoT, Cloud and Digital Transformation Services to Carrier Community

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Verizon launched a range of new offerings dubbed Exponent that target other carriers yesterday. But they’re not your garden-variety connectivity services. Instead, Verizon Exponent is what Verizon calls a “portfolio of software and internet platforms designed to enable carriers around the world to quickly deploy and launch next-generation solutions.” In an interview, Verizon Exponent Vice...Learn More

AT&T Business Console Aims to Manage Mobile Apps and Devices for Business Customers

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AT&T sees an opening for simplified discovery and management of business mobile apps and will launch their AT&T Business Console platform later this year to address it. The new platform is designed to become a virtual, one-stop online mobility shop and will double as a mobility business customer service center. Example uses for  the AT&T...Learn More

FCC Adopts $453M Mobility Fund, CAF Auction Weighting Factors for Rural Broadband Support

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Updated later February 23 with additional information from the FCC The FCC today voted to establish a mobility fund as part of broader plans to transition the traditional Universal Service Fund (USF) program to a Connect America Fund (CAF) program that will focus on broadband for remote rural areas. In addition, the commission established weighting...Learn More

Welcome Uniti Group Whose First Move is to Acquire Regional Carrier Hunt Telecom

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Hunt Telecom of Louisiana will become a part of Uniti Group, the new name of the former Communications Sales & Leasing (CS&L). Uniti will pay $170 million for the regional fiber provider who specializes in the E-rate program, providing access to the K-12 vertical. Hunt Telecom, which calls itself the largest privately owned telecom carrier...Learn More

FCC LTE-U Authorization Paves Way for T-Mobile Gigabit LTE

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The FCC said yesterday that it had authorized some LTE-U devices for use in unlicensed portions of the 5 GHz band. T-Mobile wasted no time in making its own announcement saying it is now deploying LTE-U in its network with the goal of having service available this spring. As a result of the FCC LTE-U...Learn More

ARRIS: Every Carrier Will Become a Wireless Provider, So We Bought Ruckus Wireless

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ARRIS and Broadcom jointly announced an agreement whereby the former will acquire Ruckus Wireless and ICX Switch business from Broadcom subsidiary Brocade Communication System Inc. for $800 million in cash, as well as unvested employee stock awards. The deal is contingent upon Broadcom successfully completing the acquisition of Brocade Communications, which owns both ARRIS’ acquisition...Learn More

Survey Finds Strong Interest in Service Provider Wi-Fi

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A new survey found strong interest in service provider Wi-Fi. Nearly 8 in 10 U.S. and U.K. consumers would rather their Internet service providers (ISPs) provide them with in-home Wi-Fi gear as opposed to buying it themselves, according to the market research, which comes from from AirTies, a provider of Wi-Fi mesh technology. More than...Learn More

Indiana Fiber Network, 365 Data Centers Deal Supports Local Telecom Ethernet Opportunities

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An Indiana Fiber Network, 365 Data Centers deal announced yesterday was driven in part by local telecom Ethernet opportunities, said August Zehner, vice president of sales and marketing for IFN in an interview. IFN is a statewide Indiana fiber network owned by 20 local exchange carriers in the state. 365 Data Centers is a data...Learn More

First Verizon 5G Markets Announced, Service Set to Roll by Mid 2017

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The first Verizon 5G markets were announced today, and the carrier says they hope to launch pre-standard 5G service by mid-year. Eleven markets were identified and Verizon will initially focus on fixed wireless broadband service to homes, with a ‘fiber replacement’ type service. The identified Verizon 5G markets include Ann Arbor; Atlanta; Bernardsville (NJ); Brockton...Learn More

Carrier, AT&T IoT Deal Will Use Wireless to Keep Tabs on Smart HVAC Equipment

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Carrier, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of electrical appliances and equipment, will be building “Internet of Things” (IoT) network intelligence into its product line. Carrier is part of United Technologies Corp.’s (UTC) Climate, Controls & Security group. A new Carrier, AT&T IoT deal calls for AT&T wireless connectivity to be added to commercial HVAC...Learn More