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



GfK Finds Mixed Level of Interest in Cloud Storage

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Despite widespread use of multi-platform cloud services 3 in 10 U.S. Internet users (29 percent) don’t see any value in cloud storage. On the flip side, nearly as many (27 percent), consider it essential, according to the results of a study conducted by GfK. The results place U.S. Internet users among the bottom seven of...Learn More

Report: Hosted VoIP/ UC Users to Reach 42 Million by 2021

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Growing adoption and use of cloud computing and communications systems is on the rise, boosting use of IP telephony and unified communications and collaboration (UCC) services. A new market research report from Frost & Sullivan says end-users are taking a closer look at the quality and reliability of vendors’ offerings, which has resulted in vendors...Learn More

Verizon Launches Smart Grid-as-a-Service

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Verizon is making a bold, strategic move to expand its presence among utilities looking to or already deploying smart grid technology and systems. The telecom carrier on July 29 announced the launch of Grid Wide Utility Solutions, a platform-as-a-service that offers electric utilities the means to carry out smart metering, demand response, meter data management...Learn More

IHS: Cable Migration to DOCSIS 3.1, Distributed Access is Well Under Way

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Decentralization is a concept that has gained credence, proponents and adherents as it has spread, providing the basis for strategic plans across a wide range of industries, including cable and telecoms. Digital information and communications systems architectures continue evolving, in turn providing the basis for decentralization as a concept, as well as serving as its...Learn More

Juniper: IoT Growth to Reach 38.5 Billion Devices, Industrial and Public Service Sectors Drive Growth

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The number of automated devices connected to the Internet – the Internet of Things (IoT) – is already twice that of global population. The upward trajectory is set to continue, according to a new report from Juniper Research. The number of automated devices connected to the Internet will increase more than 285 percent between 2015...Learn More

Forget the Big Screen TV, Fujitsu Works on Creating a Digital Room

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Fujitsu announced it is field testing a new user interface (UI) technology that promises to convert large, common spaces – walls, tables, even rooms – into digital spaces. Developed by Fujitsu Laboratories and making use of a support application developed by Fujitsu Social Science Laboratory, the field trials are to be run from HAB-YU platform,...Learn More

Report: Number of Americans Watching Desktop Video Hits 194 Million

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Nearly 194 million Americans (193.6 million) watched online videos via desktop computers in June, comScore reports. Google sites continue to be the leading source of online video content among Americans, attracting 172.7 million unique viewers and driven primarily by YouTube video viewing, according to the latest market data from comScore’s Video Metrix service. Facebook ranked...Learn More

Report: Apple Goes from Zero to Smartwatch Market Domination

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Demand for smartwatches picked up markedly in 2Q 2015, rising a record-high 457 percent annually, according to the latest market data report from Strategy Analytics. Unit volume totaled some 5.3 million, up from 1 million a year ago, according to Strategy Analytics’ WDE (Wearables) market research service. 2Q’15 smartwatch shipment volumes totaled more than those...Learn More

RootMetrics: Verizon Has Fastest Airport Mobile Data Service

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Mobile data and network performance have become a criterion by which people judge the quality of experience at airports as well as retail outlets and other commercial and public facilities open to the public. Testing the quality of mobile networks among the top four wireless network carriers at the 50 busiest U.S. airports, RootMetrics determined...Learn More

GSA: Number of Carriers Offering LTE Rises to 422

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Commercial 4G LTE services are now up and running for 422 wireless carriers in 143 countries, according to the latest update to GSA’s ¨Evolution to LTE¨ report. A total of 106 began offering LTE services this past year, according to a news release. More broadly, 677 wireless carriers in 181 countries are making LTE investments....Learn More

J.D. Power: Business Telecom Satisfaction Increases

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Customer satisfaction has improved across all three business segments of the wireline telecom market thus far into 2015. Lower pricing and improved service plans have been the main motivating factors, according to the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Business Wireline Satisfaction Study. Those three segments are very small, small-to-medium size and large enterprise businesses.  Six criteria...Learn More

OTT Video Demographics Report: Streaming Most Popular with Gen X

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Households in which at least one person is a member of Generation X (roughly 35-49) and those with children (17 and under) are much more likely to stream video and other over-the-top content. More than half (54 percent) of homes with kids view OTT content on TV sets as compared to 40 percent of all...Learn More