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



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

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

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

CEA: Tablet Ownership Rises to 54% of U.S. Online Consumers

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Over half – 54 percent – of online U.S. consumers reported they own tablets, four percent more than in January, according to the August 2014 edition of the Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA) semi-annual “Consumer Outlook on Tablets.” Tablet owners’ purchase intent for consumer electronics devices overall rose to 62 percent since January as well, a...Learn More

Report: In-Home IoT Device Ownership Could Reach 69% by 2019

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Able to perceive, measure and transmit data across an increasingly wide range of parameters and conditions, sensors and computing capacity are being installed across a widening range of household and consumer, as well as commercial and industrial, devices and equipment. Though in its infancy, the so-called “Internet of Things” (IoT) “is poised for massive growth...Learn More

IHS: Conditional Access STB Market to Peak in 2015

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Revenue in the global market for conditional-access set-top boxes (STBs) has surged along with strong growth in pay-TV over the past ten years. That’s going to change in coming years, as pay-TV market growth slows and reaches saturation, according to new market research from IHS Technology. Conditional-access (CA) STBs, also referred to as content protection,...Learn More

Report: African-American Cord-Cutting Could See Big Rise

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When it comes to home TV, Internet and phone services, African-Americans are some of the biggest spenders in the U.S. And while African-American households are the most likely to subscribe to digital add-ons like DVR, HD and premium channels, they’re also more likely than their Caucasian counterparts to consider cutting the cord on these services,...Learn More

RootMetrics: Verizon Tops in Mobile Network Performance

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In real-world, mid-year testing of the speed and reliability of mobile networks across the nation, RootMetrics found that Verizon Wireless dominated in nearly all aspects, with AT&T following close behind. Sprint and T-Mobile generally remained a step behind, though RootMetrics sees the latter as a rising contender in metro areas. Furthermore, according to RootMetrics, both...Learn More

LRG: Cable Broadband Subscribers Exceed Video Subscribers

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Representing about 93 percent of the market, the seven largest U.S. cable companies and telcos added nearly 385,000 new high-speed Internet subscribers on a net basis in 2Q 2014. High-speed Internet subscriber rolls among the seven now total more than 85.9 million, according to the latest market data from Leichtman Research Group (LRG). As of...Learn More