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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NRTC Pulse Broadband Acquisition Targets Rural Broadband Deployments

NRTC yesterday announced it signed a definitive agreement to wholly acquire Pulse Broadband LLC, a company that has helped cooperatives, municipalities and others deploy fiber technology and services to rural homes, businesses and communities. Financial terms and conditions of the NRTC Pulse Broadband acquisition have not been disclosed, but NRTC in a press release explained...Learn More

5G Mobile Forecast Calls for Handset Sales to Exceed 300 Million by 2025

Much work remains to be done in order to meet the need for a common 5G wireless broadband industry standard that satisfies the diverse needs of market participants, according to Strategy Analytics’ ¨5G Progress Review – Fragmentation Likely but Diversification Possible.¨ The market research provider’s 5G mobile forecast calls for  the first commercial sales to...Learn More

J.D. Power Finds Cord Stackers More Satisfied with Streaming Video Services

Pay-TV customers who ¨stack¨ a streaming video service on top of their traditional cable or satellite subscriptions are more satisfied overall, according to new market research from J.D. Power. While cord stackers were the most satisfied, overall satisfaction was lowest among ¨cord cutters.¨ The inaugural study measures six criteria to determine overall satisfaction among those...Learn More

Tybee Island Embraces IT Paradigm Shift, Adopts Network-as-a-Service

The City of Tybee Island, a popular tourist destination situated on a barrier island off the coast of Savannah, Georgia is making use of a network-as-a-service package that combines enterprise network infrastructure and cloud-managed services. The ProCloud Subscription Service comes from Adtran, which says the service enables Tybee Island to avoid substantial upfront network infrastructure...Learn More

Comcast Internet Essentials Has Provided Low Cost Internet to 3 Million Americans

Comcast has helped bridge the digital divide by helping provide low cost Internet access to some 750,000 low-income families – 3 million Americans – via its Comcast Internet Essentials program, according to a five-year progress report. Six-time Olympic medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee joined Comcast Senior Executive VP and Chief Diversity Officer David L. Cohen as he...Learn More

Next Century Cities Mayors Oppose Anti-Municipal Broadband Decision

Forty-two mayors and city leaders have sent letters of support to Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke and Wilson, North Carolina Mayor Bruce Rose, who are advocating to overturn an anti-municipal broadband decision made by the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. The decision put a halt to an FCC ruling that would have preempted recently enacted...Learn More

LTE-A Deployment Survey: 84% of Service Providers Have Made the Move

More than 8 in 10 network service providers are running advanced LTE networks based on LTE-A, according to an LTE-A deployment survey from IHS Markit. Eighty-four percent of service provider respondents said they were already running LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) networks, well above about the 50 percent that said so a year ago, noted IHS Markit in...Learn More

Mobile IPv6 Milestone: More Than Half of Mobile Requests Now IPv6

A mobile IPv6 network milestone was passed last week as Facebook and Akamai reported that more than half the requests from the four largest U.S. mobile networks were IPv6-based. Facebook’s Paul Saab marked the achievement on the company blog, pointing out that it has been just four short years since the World IPv6 Launch in...Learn More

Android Market Share Regains Stride as Consumers Await Introduction of New Smartphones

Smartphone sales rose in emerging market regions worldwide in 2Q 2016, helping increase Android market share and lifting global sales 4.3 percent as compared to 2Q 2015, according to Gartner’s latest market data. A total of 344 million smartphones were shipped worldwide in 2Q. 2Q smartphone sales declined year over year in all mature markets...Learn More

AT&T SDN/NFV Initiatives include Joining Intel’s ‘Super 7+1’

Network traffic continues to soar as broadband connectivity expands and end users make greater use of a wider variety of connected devices and data-hungry software applications. Growing adoption of augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), 4K video and Internet of Things only adds to the trend. All that poses challenges for enterprise-scale businesses, broadband carriers and...Learn More

TDG: Use of New Social-Mobile Video Poised for Massive Growth

The confluence of smartphone penetration and social media is fueling Social-Mobile video (SoMo) consumption, a new market segment that market researcher firm The Diffusion Group (TDG) expects will grow rapidly in coming years. Consumers now spend an average of more than 50 hours per week viewing content on screens – TV, PC, tablet or mobile...Learn More

IDC: Augmented and Virtual Reality Market Growth Set to Explode

IDC sees augmented and virtual reality market growth (AR/VR) expanding enormously out to 2020. According to the IDC Worldwide Semiannual Augmented and Virtual Reality Spending Guide, global AR/VR revenues will grow at a 181.3 percent CAGR from 2015-2020 as revenues increase from $5.2 billion this year to more than $162 billion in 2020. AR/VR devices,...Learn More