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



Total Roku Hours Streamed Hits 1 Billion in a Single Month, Now 13.4M Total Roku Accounts

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Total Roku hours streamed reached a record 1 billion in December, the company said. The number included both video and audio streaming. According to the company, 13.4 million active Roku account holders streamed 9 billion hours in 2016. Roku’s active account base grew an impressive 46 percent year-over-year in 2016. Streaming hours rose an even...Learn More

Latest USDA Rural Broadband Loans Announced, Nearly $20 Million Will Fund Fiber Upgrades

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Acting U.S. Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Roger Glendenning today announced the awarding of $19.3 million in USDA rural broadband loans to roll out service in rural parts of Illinois and Oklahoma. Among the loan award winners, Southern Plains Cable, LLC will receive a $15.3 million loan to build a fiber optic broadband network...Learn More

CenturyLink Cloud Application Manager Leverages ElasticBox Acquisition

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CenturyLink introduced a cloud application “orchestration” platform for enterprise-scale businesses yesterday. The CenturyLink Cloud Application Manager is designed to simplify deployment of workloads, managed services, and third-party cloud resources across private and public cloud environments and co-location centers, the carrier summarizes in a news release. In addition to streamlining and reducing total life-cycle cloud application/services...Learn More

AT&T Brand Value Pegged at $87 Billion, Overtakes Verizon for Number One Globally

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The AT&T brand value surged 45% higher in 2016, propelling the company to the to the top of Brand Finance’s 2017 ranking of the world’s 500 most valuable telecom brands. Brand Finance valued the AT&T brand at $87 billion, up from 2016’s $59.9 billion, garnering the company an overall brand value ranking of “AAA,” a...Learn More

Comcast YouTube App to Feature X1 Voice Control

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Collaboration between leading incumbent cable pay-TV and OTT video services providers continues as Comcast and Google announced they will launch a Comcast YouTube app on Xfinity X1 across the country later this year. X1 is now available to 50% of Comcast video customer homes, according to the company. Using the X1-YouTube app, Xfinity X1 subscribers...Learn More

$1.1 Billion Windstream EarthLink Acquisition Completed

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The $1.1 billion Windstream EarthLink acquisition completed Friday after the FCC officially announced its approval of the deal. Windstream Holdings shareholders approved the acquisition plan at an extraordinary meeting the same day approval was received. “The combination will result in an extensive national footprint spanning approximately 145,000 fiber route miles and provide advanced network connectivity,...Learn More

GVTC Real Estate Partnership Program Enhances Brand Value and Customer Relationships

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South Texas’s GVTC Communications has launched a novel telecom industry marketing partnership, joining with Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper Realtors to launch the GVTC Just Plain Smart Move Program. The GVTC real estate partnership referral program will enable GVTC customers to qualify for up to $1,200 in cash back credits upon closing a qualifying real estate...Learn More

Report Sees Strong Interest in Smartphone Artificial Intelligence

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Use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the mobile networking and device industry is on the rise. Growing use of smartphone artificial intelligence is driving improvements, which will add momentum to growth, according to a new IHS Markit white paper. Smartphones are providing the AI interface for consumers and delivering the copious quantities of usage and...Learn More

IDC: Ongoing Industry Disruption Will Drive Digital Transformation Spending to Reach $2T by 2020

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All the R&D devoted to pushing the envelope of telecommunications and network computing has yielded what IDC dubs “digital transformation technologies,” a new category of information and communications technology (ICT) that the market research company forecasts will grow at a 17.9% CAGR from 2015-2020 to reach $2.0 trillion. Nearer term, IDC’s digital transformation spending forecast...Learn More

CSG: Millennial Mobile Attitudes Indicate Openness to AI, Personalization over Anonymity

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CSG Systems International aims to assess how Millennial mobile attitudes change as they age in a new market research report. Surveying nearly 1,000 young adult Millennials, CSG found they have some clearly defined priorities regarding mobile service in coming years. That includes increasing focus on personalization, greater uptake of AI (artificial intelligence), and use of...Learn More

AT&T Business Console Aims to Manage Mobile Apps and Devices for Business Customers

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AT&T sees an opening for simplified discovery and management of business mobile apps and will launch their AT&T Business Console platform later this year to address it. The new platform is designed to become a virtual, one-stop online mobility shop and will double as a mobility business customer service center. Example uses for  the AT&T...Learn More

ARRIS: Every Carrier Will Become a Wireless Provider, So We Bought Ruckus Wireless

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ARRIS and Broadcom jointly announced an agreement whereby the former will acquire Ruckus Wireless and ICX Switch business from Broadcom subsidiary Brocade Communication System Inc. for $800 million in cash, as well as unvested employee stock awards. The deal is contingent upon Broadcom successfully completing the acquisition of Brocade Communications, which owns both ARRIS’ acquisition...Learn More