Charter’s ‘Summer of Gig’ Brings Spectrum Gigabit to 4 Million New Homes

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In what it refers to as “the summer of gig,” Charter Communications announced the expansion of Spectrum gigabit service to more than 4 million new homes in a dozen new markets, including Cleveland; Erie, Pennsylvania; Orlando, Florida; and Toledo, Ohio. The additions make Spectrum gigabit available to a total at more than 27 million homes,...Learn More

Sprint CTO: Not All Massive MIMO is Created Equal

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There’s a lot of talk about using massive MIMO antennas to boost mobile network performance these days. But according to Sprint CTO John Saw, “not all massive MIMO is created equal.” At an investor conference yesterday, Saw said Sprint massive MIMO will have an advantage because it will operate in the 2.5 GHz band, because...Learn More

FirstNet Now Serves Over 1,000 Public Safety Agencies; Service Used in Active Shooter Situations

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FirstNet public safety agencies now number over 1,000, AT&T announced yesterday. The carrier is the exclusive operator of the FirstNet nationwide mobile broadband network. Although that network is still under construction, the carrier already gives public safety users priority access and, when necessary, pre-emption on its existing mobile network. Authorized FirstNet public safety users can...Learn More

IDC: Video Entertainment & Smart Speakers Dominate the Smart Home, Battle Raging for Smart Assistant Lead

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The smart home device market is more than a quarter larger this year than last, according to a smart home device forecast from IDC. In 2018, 549.5 million devices will ship, a 26.8% increase over last year. The leading categories are smart speakers and video entertainment products, which will represent 71% of the market in...Learn More

AT&T Data Center Sale Will Yield $1.1 Billion for Debt Paydown

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AT&T said today that it will sell 31 data centers to Brookfield Infrastructure. The AT&T data center sale encompass 18 U.S. data centers and 13 data centers outside the U.S. Although today’s press release stopped short of describing the transaction as an outright data center sale, instead referring to it as a “transfer” of “data...Learn More

Ooyala: Mobile Video Now Accounts for Nearly 60% of All Video Plays in North America

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Mobile video consumption continues to rise but the pace of growth has stabilized, according to the newest findings from Ooyala. The growth comes primarily from more consumption of long-form video, according to Ooyala. Long-form videos – defined as more than 20 minutes in length — were viewed to completion nearly six in 10 times (57%)...Learn More

TDS Cable Broadband Upgrades Continue, 600 Mbps Broadband Coming to More Markets

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An additional five markets will see TDS cable broadband upgrades, bringing 300 Mbps and 600 Mbps tiers to communities in Texas and Colorado, the company announced yesterday. The upgrades are part of a broader strategy by TDS to improve broadband speeds in their cable properties. TDS has announced several cable broadband market upgrades in the...Learn More

As One OTT Service Suffers Outage, AT&T Launches New WatchTV $15 OTT Service

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In the midst of suffering a major outage to their DIRECTV NOW OTT service, AT&T announced the official launch of AT&T WatchTV, a new skinny-bundle OTT service priced at $15. The latest OTT service from AT&T is also free with certain AT&T Unlimited wireless plans. WatchTV offers 30+ channels of linear video, plus about 15K...Learn More

AT&T NB-IoT Network Will Co-Exist with LTE-M

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AT&T plans to launch a narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) network in the U.S. early next year. The launch will offer an alternative to the company’s existing LTE-M network, which also supports IoT communications. AT&T NB-IoT As AT&T explained in a press release, both NB-IoT and LTE-M offer longer battery life, extended coverage and lower...Learn More

Sprint Taps Blockchain for Connected Car Offering

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A Sprint connected car offering launched today features a blockchain-powered IoT security system designed to guard against hackers. The offering is built on a platform from NXM Labs that includes high speed Wi-Fi, vehicle health monitoring and safety features. Maintenance reminders, preventative notifications, scheduling and the ability to book service appointments are included. The platform...Learn More

AR-VR Forecast: Bad Quarter, Good Future

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The augmented reality and virtual reality markets experienced a poor first quarter of 2018, but a rebound is expected, according to an AR-VR forecast from IDC. The category was down 30.5% year over year, with 1.2 million units shipped. There is an extenuating factor, however. IDC says that much of the decline was due to...Learn More

FCC Filing: A Merged T-Mobile Sprint Would Become Major ISP Competitor With Fixed Broadband, Eyes Rural Expansion

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If T-Mobile and Sprint are allowed to merge, rural Americans would see major benefits, the companies argued in a 600-page statement of public interest filed with the FCC yesterday that touts a wide range of merger benefits. Plans would include a T-Mobile Sprint fixed wireless offering that would be competitive with landline options, along with...Learn More

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