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



Smart Home Device Ownership Measured at 13% of Broadband Households

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Americans will purchase more in the way of smart home products and systems within the next year, according to a new market research report from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and Parks Associates released October 16. This momentum will drive healthy growth for a range of devices and services that provide remote, as well as on-site,...Learn More

J.D. Power: OS is Increasingly Important Smartphone Purchase Criteria

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An operating system (OS) lies at the heart of any mobile data device, and their importance is only growing with uptake of more more powerful mobile devices and more advanced mobile application software. For mobile device users, smartphone OSs are an increasingly important factor in their choice of smartphones, as well as in terms of...Learn More

TeleGeography: Phone Line Decline Driven More by VoIP Than Mobile

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Exponential growth in wireless and mobile telecommunications has created the perception that fixed-line telephony, and subscribership, is on the way out. The evidence isn’t as clear-cut as many may believe, however, according to market research from TeleGeography. Data from TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database reveals that while public-switched telephone network (PSTN) telephone lines have indeed been declining...Learn More

IHS: Gateways, Faster Wi-Fi, Will Boost Broadband CPE Revenue

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The worldwide market for broadband customer premises equipment (CPE) will grow at a faster rate in 2014 than it has since 2010, rising 20 percent year-over-year to reach nearly $11 billion, according to the latest market research from IHS Technology. Global broadband CPE market revenue will increase a “whopping $1.8 billion” this year, according to...Learn More

Report: Set-Top Box Revenues Down 3% from 2013

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Global set-top box (STB) revenues rose 4 percent sequentially in 2Q to reach $4.8 billion as unit shipments rose 7 percent from 1Q 2014 but fell 3 percent from 2Q 2013, according to new market research from Infonetics Research. “The global set-top box (STB) market is in a fascinating period of mixed signals,” Jeff Heynen,...Learn More

Survey: IT Hiring Trends Up, But Budget Trends Disappoint

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Anticipated increases in 2014 IT budgets haven’t materialized, casting doubts in the minds of IT leaders as to their organizations’ ability to meet business demands, says IT staffing provider TEKsystems. On the positive side, results of a TEKsystems survey of over 200 IT executives indicates IT leaders believe they have a firm handle on the...Learn More

Samsung Develops Ultra-High-Speed 60 GHz Wi-Fi

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New 60-gigahertz (GHz) Wi-Fi technology developed by Samsung Electronics promises to boost speeds of existing consumer electronics (CE) devices five-fold. With the ability to transmit data as fast as 4.6 gigabits (Gb) or 575 megabytes (MB) per second, users will be able to transfer a 1 GB movie between devices in under three seconds. Streaming...Learn More

Report: Despite Known Threats, Americans Putting Their Own Online Security at Risk

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A survey of online security habits commissioned by the Digital Citizens Alliance and Blackfin Security shows that Americans open their devices to unknown entities, download files of unknown origin at high rates, and even ignore best practices when they know they should do otherwise.” Recent cyber attacks, in which hackers gained access to private customer...Learn More

Wi-Fi Alliance Passpoint Gets an Upgrade

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The Wi-Fi Alliance’s Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Passpoint program now includes “a streamlined method to establish new user accounts and connect Wi-Fi-only devices such as tablets and notebooks,” according to a press release. The new features expand the range of the program’s value to mobile and fixed network operators, and they open up opportunities for other types...Learn More

Consumer Group: Free Up More Wi-Fi Spectrum

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Internet and communications (ICT) providers have long been lobbying the FCC to offer more spectrum. U.S. wireless data traffic more than doubled in 2013 to reach a whopping 3.2 trillion megabytes. There are now more than 336 million wireless connections in the U.S., the American Consumer Institute’s Center (ACI) for Citizen Research highlights in a...Learn More

Smart Wearables Forecast to Grow 80% Annually

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Internet technology and consumer goods designers and manufacturers are looking to “smart” wearable devices, such as smart watches and health and fitness monitors, to provide a big boost to and set a new standard for digital living. “The display panel market for all types of wearable electronic items is forecast to enjoy very rapid growth...Learn More

Report Finds MDM Adoption by Majority of Mid-Size Organizations

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Information security and user privacy, or rather the lack thereof, continue to be major sources of concern associated with employees making use of personal electronic devices and software applications for work purposes – the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) trend, according to new research from Good Technology. That’s especially true for small and mid-sized businesses,...Learn More