Posts by Andrew Burger

Andrew is a Contributing Editor to Telecompetitor. Having worked in the wholesale debt, money and derivatives markets for a major Japanese bank and later as a business and technology reporter, Andrew now earns his living teaching English overseas and freelance reporting. He's lived and worked on every continent barring Antarctica and has a BA (Geology, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder), and an MBA (Finance, Pace University, NY).

Andrew can be reached at andrew@telecompetitor.com



Big Data Survey: 55% of Organizations Operate Systems

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Information security research and training provider SANS Institute released its first study regarding the use of and security challenges large enterprise businesses and government face as more and more of them make use of “Big Data” information-gathering and analytics systems. Sponsored by enterprise data management provider Cloudera, SANS found that more than half (55 percent)...Learn More

ABI: Branded Tablet Shipments Drop 35% in One Quarter

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Branded tablet shipments posted a record-high 35 percent quarter-over-quarter (QoQ) decline in 2015’s first quarter (1Q’15). Year-over-year (YoY) they fell 16 percent, according to the latest tablet shipments’ market data from ABI Research. The latest statistics from ABI’s Media Tablets, Ultrabooks and eReaders market data service remove whatever doubt may have existed that the branded tablet...Learn More

Survey Finds 66 Percent of Netflix Subscribers Using Pay TV

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Greater numbers of Netflix subscribers are “cutting the cord” on pay-TV providers. Surveying 829 Netflix subscribers, Cut Cable Today found that two-thirds maintain pay-TV service subscriptions – cable or satellite. But nearly one in 10 of those (9 percent) said they intend to cancel their pay-TV subscriptions sometime over the next year. Furthermore, 16 percent...Learn More

Mobile Subscriber Forecast Calls for 128% Penetration by 2020

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The U.S. mobile market is entering a new evolutionary phase as consumer adoption of mobile and wireless devices and services nears, or has reached, saturation, according to Strategy Analytics. With the base of new customers shrinking, U.S. wireless network operators are now focusing on promoting “always on” connectivity, moving customers to smartphones and 4G LTE...Learn More

Pew: Internet Penetration Reaches Saturation Levels – For Some

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Internet penetration in the U.S. has reached saturation levels, at least for some groups, according to an analysis of 15 years of data collected by a Pew Research Center unit that has been tracking and studying Internet adoption and use in the U.S. since 2000. The Internet saturation point has been reached for Americans –...Learn More

AT&T to Invest Some $3 Billion in Mexico Mobile Internet Expansion

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AT&T intends to expand its high-speed mobile Internet service to Mexico, creating what they hope will be a converged market in North America, serving some 400 million people. AT&T on June 25 announced it will invest some $3 billion in the expansion and expects its mobile Internet service will cover 100 million people in Mexico...Learn More

Ooyala: Mobile to Account for Half of All Online Video Viewing by End 2015

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Internet users around the world continue to engage in more online viewing via mobile devices. According to Ooyala’s “Q1 2015 Global Video Index,” 42 percent of all online viewing occurred via mobile devices. Smartphones are the main growth driver. Online viewing via smartphones was four times than that for tablets in 1Q. A subsidiary of...Learn More

Bell Canada Investing More than $1 Billion in Toronto Gigabit Fibe Build-Out

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Bell Canada is investing more than $1 billion in building a fiber network that will deliver gigabit-per-second (Gbps) network connectivity to some 1.1 million homes and businesses in Toronto. In addition, building out its “Gigabit Fibe” service will create some 2,400 direct jobs, Bell Canada announced June 25. Completion of a first project phase will see...Learn More

Akamai: Average Broadband Speeds Increase in All U.S. States, But Still Below New 25 Mbps Definition

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Akamai’s “First Quarter, 2015 State of the Internet Report” reveals that average broadband speeds rose 10 percent quarter-to-quarter globally to reach 5 Mbps for the first time. Average Internet speeds increased in 131 of a total 144 qualifying countries/regions in 1Q’15. At 11.9 Mbps, the U.S. ranked 19th globally in terms of average 1Q Internet...Learn More

ILY Family Phone Looks to Reinvent Home Phone Service

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Looking to create a smartphone for the home that’s easy for children, the elderly and their families is what start-up firm Insensi is aiming to do with the debut of its ILY Family Phone. The ILY Family Phone has an 8-inch touchscreen that can be placed in any convenient location in homes and enables children...Learn More

NPD: Millennials Smart Home Product Penetration Nearly Twice the U.S. Average

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Smart home products are taking root among home renters and owners in cities and communities across the U.S. The smart home building trend is just in its early stages of development and growth, The NPD Group Connected Intelligence Home Automation Advisory Service highlights in announcing the publication of a new market research report. Millennials, according...Learn More

Ovum: FTTx Spending to Reach New High, Surpass $1 Billion

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Network operators’ spending on FTTx fiber optic equipment is going to reach a new high in 2015, according to new market research from Ovum. FTTx spending on optical equipment will exceed $1 billion this year following a record $953 million in 2014. Spending on FTTx optical components will stay strong though it will drop to...Learn More