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

Homeland Security Telecom Needs Met by Texas Telco

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The opening last year of the Boquillas Crossing between the U.S. and Mexico after a decade-long closure was made possible by fiber optic communications provided by Big Bend Telephone, the rural telco serving the Texas side of the border. The U.S. side of the crossing is now located in a ranger station in Big Bend National...Learn More

Alcatel-Lucent TWDM-PON Targets Converged Services

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A new approach to fiber-to-the-premises from Alcatel-Lucent announced today aims to boost capacity to as high as 40 Gbps and to enable the local access network to support multiple services – or even multiple service providers. The offering, dubbed TWDM-PON for “time and wavelength division multiplexed passive optical network,” uses a combination of TDM and...Learn More

Next Century Cities Aims to Share Broadband Best Practices

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The Next Century Cities initiative launched yesterday aims to further the availability of high-speed broadband nationwide by collaborating and sharing best practices.  Among the initiative’s 32 “inaugural partners” were several communities that already have scored major high-speed wins, some of whom shared their success stories at a launch event in Santa Monica, California that also...Learn More

Frontier West Virginia Lawsuit Attacks Company’s Broadband Service

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Frontier has some big headaches in West Virginia, where it faces a class action lawsuit about its broadband service. A report from local media outlet Charleston Gazette quotes from the lawsuit, which states that Frontier “has a monopoly on Internet services in most of West Virginia” and is the only broadband provider in many rural...Learn More

OTT Video Adoption: Why the Inflection Point Matters

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As a rule, major transitions in technology and revenue models are slower to develop than most predict. In other words, when looking at the transition from linear TV to online TV, or the business impact of any major new technology, the amount of change tends to be overestimated in the near term, and underestimated in...Learn More

NTIA: Broadband Usage at Home Climbs to 72%, Non-Adopters Say Why

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Nearly three –quarters (72%) of U.S. households used broadband at home as of October 2012, according to a report released last week by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). That was an increase of three percentage points from 2011. The NTIA also looked at reasons why the 28% of U.S. households without broadband were...Learn More

TiVo: Percent of TV Viewers Multitasking Hits 94%

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Excerpts from TiVo’s “Second Annual TiVo Multitasking and Social TV Survey” reveal that TV viewers are doing a lot more multitasking while watching TV. Just over half (51 percent) of TiVo’s 856 survey respondents said they multitask every time or almost every time they watch TV. That’s a substantial increase from the 36 percent who...Learn More

Millimeter Wave Small Cell Backhaul Forecast to Grow 100% Annually

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Millimeter wave telecommunications is poised to play an important role in small cell deployments, fulfilling the need for backhaul aggregation as small cell deployments scale up, according to a new report from Infonetics Research. Growth will be fastest in the outdoor small cell backhaul segment of the millmeter wave equipment market, which will expand 101...Learn More