Eyeing IoT Growth, ZigBee Certified Products Hits the 1K Milestone

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Low-cost, low-power wireless sensor and control networks are key aspects of the fast emerging Internet of Things (IoT). Establishment and adoption of industry-wide standards for these devices and services, such as ZigBee, in turn, can accelerate deployment. On August 26, the ZigBee Alliance announced that there are now more than 1,000 ZigBee Certified products available....Learn More

Set-Top Box Energy Efficiency Agreement Bears Fruit

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A voluntary energy conservation agreement between pay-TV industry participants, consumer electronics manufacturers and energy efficiency advocates is bearing fruit. Set-top box (STB) energy-efficiency enhancements have resulted in American consumers saving some $168 million in energy bills, according to the “Voluntary Agreement for Ongoing Improvement the Energy Efficiency of Set-Top Boxes 2013 Annual Report.” STB energy...Learn More

North State Gigabit Service Launches

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North State Communications, one of the nation’s larger independent telcos, said yesterday that it has begun to offer gigabit service to some customers in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina and that it will expand that offering before year’s end to a total of 50,000 households and businesses. The news makes good on the...Learn More

GVTC to Build 10-Gigabit Boerne School District Fiber Network

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Texas-based regional carrier GVTC said today it will build and maintain a 10-gigabit capacity fiber network for the Boerne Independent School District in Boerne, Texas near San Antonio. The news came just a couple of months after the carrier announced plans for a gigabit network in Boerne and other Hill Country communities. When GVTC’s gigabit...Learn More

WOW! Business Services Growth Illustrates Growing Competitive Dynamic

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Like other cable MSOs, WOW! sees the business sector as a huge opportunity for growth. The Denver based service provider with operations in the Midwest and Southeast (through their Knology acquisition) has doubled their Huntsville, Alabama based business services customer service team to 60 employees. WOW! now serves enterprise, SMB, and wholesale customers in 19...Learn More

J.D. Power: Cox Tops in Enterprise Wireline Customer Satisfaction

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The network outage performance gap separating major wireline network operators’ services may be shrinking, but network reliability remains a key driver for U.S. businesses considering switching providers, says J.D. Power. When it comes to customers’ overall satisfaction with voice and data service providers, Cox ranked tops among large U.S. enterprises,  scoring 782 out of a...Learn More

Microsoft: Africa TV White Spaces Broadband Network is World’s Largest

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Microsoft and Adaptrum have partnered with MyDigitalBridge Foundation to conduct a trial of a TV white spaces broadband network in Namibia which according to an announcement released today is the world’s largest TVWS deployment measured by geography. The network is intended as a blueprint for countrywide broadband Internet connectivity. The Africa network covers more than...Learn More

4G Americas: Cloud, M2M to Drive 4G Growth

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Mobile broadband – including networks, devices and applications – is proving to be one of the most successful and fastest growing industries ever, enabling a transition from personal computers to mobile devices and technologies. In addition, mobile broadband is fueling, and facilitating, ongoing rapid growth in data demand and rapid growth in cloud computing and...Learn More

Survey: Cell Phone Calls to 911 More Common Than Landline, Yet Gaps Exist

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A large gap exists between public expectations that wireless callers in emergencies dialing 911 can be located by emergency responders and the FCC’s limited location requirements for cell phone carriers, according to a survey of 1,048 U.S. adult cell phone owners from Find Me 911 conducted by SurveyMonkey. Two-thirds of cell phone owners incorrectly believed...Learn More

Infonetics: Enterprise UC Revenues Rise 31%; PBX Down 6%

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Revenues for the enterprise PBX and UC (Unified Communications) markets headed in opposite directions in 2Q 2014, according to a new report from Infonetics Research. Enterprise PBX revenues fell six percent while those for UC rose 31 percent from a year ago. 2Q 2014 worldwide enterprise PBX revenue totaled $1.69 billion while that for enterprise...Learn More

FCC: Bids for Rural Broadband Experiments Can’t Exceed Model-Based Support Level

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Interested parties have until October 14 to file applications to participate in the FCC’s rural broadband experiments. Last week the commission released a 24-page notice detailing the application process for the experiments, which among other things, reveals that applicants will not be allowed to ask for funding that exceeds the target support level based on...Learn More

Gig.U: Lessons Learned from Early Gigabit Deployments

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As the gigabit network movement gains momentum, stakeholders have learned a variety of lessons from the nation’s earliest deployments of the ultra-high-speed broadband service, notes Gig.U in a report released today. Gig.U, an organization that has been working with university communities for several years with the goal of gaining gigabit networks for those communities, has...Learn More