MEF GEN14: The Future is All About Ethernet and SDN

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When network operators look toward the future, what many of them see are networks based largely on Carrier Ethernet, software defined networking and the cloud. What this means for the industry was a key theme of the Metro Ethernet Forum’s GEN14 Conference in Washington, D.C. this week. On hand were several network operators that already...Learn More

2014 Subscription OTT Video Revenue Estimated at $5.8 Billion

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Having experienced phenomenal growth in recent years, subscription OTT video revenue will rise from $5.8 billion this year to just over $10 billion in 2018, Infonetics Research forecasts. Globally, revenue for the Pay-TV market as a whole rose 3.9 percent in 1H 2014, a year-over-year increase of 3.9 percent. “Subscription-based over-the-top (OTT) providers like Netflix,...Learn More

Latest Verizon Netflix Bundle Includes HBO, Showtime, and 50 Mbps FiOS

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Count Verizon in as the latest service provider to leverage the popularity of Netflix for their own gain. They are featuring Netflix in a new $60 month bundle. It’s quite the interesting relationship, considering the very public spat Verizon and Netflix had regarding the quality of Netflix video streaming across Verizon’s network just six months...Learn More

LRG: Broadband Subscriber Growth Accelerates for Largest Carriers

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The 17 largest cable companies and telcos in the U.S. added more than 700,000 net high-speed Internet subscribers in 3Q 2014. Accounting for about 94 percent of the market, broadband subscribers numbers for the largest cable companies and telcos in the U.S. totaled 86.6 million as of end-3Q – over 51.2 million for cable companies...Learn More

Flurry: Mobile Screen Time Overtakes TV Thanks to Apps

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The time the average American consumer spent on mobile devices grew 9.3 percent over the past nine months – from 2 hours 42 minutes to 2 hours 57 minutes daily. That compares to an average 2 hours 48 minutes a day spent watching TV, according to market data referenced in a November 18 blog post...Learn More

ZigBee Alliance Consolidates All Its Standards Under ZigBee 3.0

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The rapidly emerging Internet of Things (IoT) is raising the value of open interoperability and industry standards for low-power wireless communications across the commercial, industrial and residential spheres substantially. On November 18, the ZigBee Alliance announced the unification of its wireless standards under a single one: ZigBee 3.0. Currently undergoing testing, ZigBee 3.0, the Alliance...Learn More

Carriers Offering Cloud Services: Survey Finds Link Between Sophisticated Cloud and Network Services

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Nearly half of communications service providers worldwide (47%) and more than half of North American communications service providers are offering cloud services to small and medium size businesses, according to the Allot Cloud Trends Report released today. But as cloud offerings become more sophisticated, the percentage of carriers supporting the offerings declines, Allot found. For...Learn More

Mobidia: LTE Subscribers Consuming Twice as Much Cellular Data as 3G Subscribers

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U.S. cellular, 4G LTE and Wi-Fi mobile data usage continued on an upward trend in 3Q as wireless device users continue to increase their use of mobile apps and media, according to a Mobidia Technology report. Data gathered from hundreds of thousands of wireless subscribers from July-September 2014 revealed that Verizon and Sprint wireless service...Learn More

Smaller Wireless Carriers and Net Neutrality: No Title II, Please

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Several smaller wireless network operators sent a letter to the FCC asking the commission not to classify broadband — at least not mobile broadband — as a telecommunications, or Title II, service and asking the commission not to apply the same Net Neutrality guidelines to both wireless and wired services. Mobile broadband providers “face technical...Learn More

Cloud Security Number One Concern as Shadow IT Proliferates

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The cloud services technology market will more than double in size – growing 126.5 percent – this year with the software-as-a-service (SaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) market segments leading the way. The SaaS market will grow 199 percent, while the IaaS market will grow 126 percent in 2014, according to new market research from Gigaom Research...Learn More

Wheeler Proposes E-Rate Funding Increase

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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler wants to increase the funding cap for the e-rate schools and libraries program with the goal of bringing broadband to every student desktop in the country. In a briefing with reporters yesterday, Wheeler said the proposed increase, which would raise a program cap by $1.5 billion, should add no more than...Learn More

Silver Star Gigabiz Aims to be Wyoming’s First Gigabit Community

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Northwestern Wyoming based Silver Star Communications has another first in their long history. Launching “Wyoming’s first gigabit community,” dubbed Gigabiz, Silver Star’s gigabit-fiber network will deliver broadband speeds of up to 1-Gbps to both businesses and residents in Jackson, according to a Calix press release. “The Gigabiz initiative will be a game changer for Jackson,...Learn More