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).

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Windstream Scores with the Green Bay Packers, Will Deliver Gigabit to Lambeau Field

Home to the storied Green Bay Packers NFL franchise, Lambeau Field and Packers’ business and telemarketing offices will soon be wired for Windstream’s gigabit fiber, IP voice, and business continuity services. In addition to gigabit to Lambeau Field, Windstream will provide point-to-point fiber connections to the Packers’ business offices located several miles from the stadium,...Learn More

IHS: Global Smartphone Base to Hit 6 Billion by 2020

Smartphones and tablets now account for over 60 percent of all smart connected consumer devices, according to IHS Markit. That’s up from 17 percent in 2008. The market research provider predicts that the global smartphone base will rise from 4 billion in 2016 to more than 6 billion by 2020. In addition, the number of...Learn More

Fiber Network Consolidation Continues with Conterra Deal

Fiber network consolidation continues with the news that Charlotte, N.C.-based Conterra Ultra Broadband Holdings is expanding its fiber network with the acquisition of Broadplex and Detel. Announced Jan. 17, Conterra’s latest acquisitions bring its primary fiber footprint to more than 6,200 route miles and 35,000 fiber miles across seven states in the Southeast, Gulf Coast/Midwest...Learn More

Parks: Antenna-Only TV Households are 15% of Broadband Households

Antenna-only TV households now comprise 15 percent of U.S. broadband households, according to new market research from Parks Associates. Antenna-only households have been on the rise since 2013, researchers note in “360 View: Entertainment Services in U.S. Broadband Households.” Parks also found a coincident decrease in pay-TV subscriptions and an increase in Internet-only video subscriptions...Learn More

My Fios App Ties to Facebook Messenger, Diagnoses Wi-Fi Performance

Verizon introduced a new, redesigned My Fios App Jan. 17, one that makes use of Facebook Messenger as a customer service and engagement tool and enables customers to further and more easily improve their home Wi-Fi network performance, according to a news release. Now available to all customers, Verizon began rolling out the new MyFios...Learn More

Optical Transport Equipment Revenue Forecast to Hit $15B by 2021

Strong interest in wave division multiplexing (WDM) on the part of network operators and key players in industry verticals, e.g. IT and data centers, will create a $15 billion optical transport equipment market by 2021, according to an optical transport equipment revenue forecast from Dell’Oro Group. Market demand for optical transport equipment is cyclical and it...Learn More

TDS Goes 50/50 with State to Expand Minnesota Rural Broadband

TDS Telecom (TDS) announced last week it would receive $3 million in Minnesota Dept. of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) funds and invest another $3 million to expand and improve rural broadband services in parts of Crow Wing and Cass Counties. Elaborating, TDS said it would expand broadband service and high-speed wireless Internet access to...Learn More

Pew: U.S. Smartphone Ownership, Broadband Penetration Reached Record Levels in 2016

U.S. smartphone ownership and the percentage of U.S. households with broadband service rose in 2016, reaching record levels of 77 and 73 percent, respectively as of November, according to the latest data from the Pew Research Center. Pew’s release of the first of what is to be a regular series of continually updated fact sheets...Learn More

Broadband in the Sky, JetBlue Fly-Fi Claims First Fleet Wide Gate-to-Gate Free Wi-Fi

JetBlue is betting that high-speed Wi-Fi connectivity and a wider variety of VOD content, along with free snacks and more legroom in coach, will help it attract more travelers, as well as keep them coming back. The no-frills airline on Jan. 11 touted that its JetBlue Fly-Fi service “creates an experience like your living room...Learn More

Entertainment Report: VoD Revenues Return to Growth, Strong 4K UHD Equipment Sales

U.S. sales of 4K UHD TVs, players and discs was strong in 2016, the first year they were available in retail shops, helping propel annual consumer home entertainment equipment spending 2 percent higher year-over-year (YoY) to more than $18 billion, according to a new 4K UHD sales forecast. Digital Entertainment Group’s (DEG) latest annual market...Learn More

NCAA College Football Championship Fuels Dramatic AT&T Data Traffic Growth

Clemson won the 2017 NCAA College Football Playoff Championship in dramatic fashion Monday evening (Jan. 9) in a nail biting rematch that saw underdog Clemson drive down the field against number 1 ranked Alabama’s staunch defense for the winning score in the game’s waning minutes. Anticipating record-high viewership, AT&T made a range of temporary and...Learn More

Parks Finds 71 Percent of Broadband Households With Wi-Fi or Apple AirPort

There are 30 percent more computing devices, as well as 45 percent more connected devices, on average in U.S. broadband households with Wi-Fi access as compared to those without it, according to new market research from Parks Associates. Parks found 71 percent of broadband households with Wi-Fi or Apple AirPort networks. “[T}he convenience of this...Learn More