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



Comcast Xfinity Home EcoSaver Energy Management is Cloud-Based

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Comcast and Earth Networks are bringing ¨Big Data¨ analytics into U.S. homes via the cable MSO’s Xfinity Home platform. Aiming to help consumers save money by cutting down on electricity use, the partners announced that Earth Networks’ WeatherBug Home software-as-a-service (SaaS) will provide the data and analytics used in the Xfinity Home EcoSaver energy management...Learn More

Super Bowl 50 Viewer Engagement: Game Itself Was Tops, Says TiVo

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This year’s collection of the most engaging Super Bowl commercials, promotions and game excerpts didn’t rise to the level of previous contests in terms of ¨sizzle¨ factor, according to TiVo, which makes a specialty of analyzing the Super Bowl as a media event. In contrast to previous years, no single genre or theme dominated Super...Learn More

LRG Finds 80 Percent Penetration of VOD or DVR Service

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New market research from Leichtman Research Group (LRG) illustrates the household penetration of VOD and DVR is on the rise and highlights the extent to which subscribers are consuming video content in U.S. homes. A DVR, Netflix, telco or cable video-on-demand (VOD) service is present and used in 8 of 10 U.S. households, according to...Learn More

J.D. Power: T-Mobile Tops on Wireless Satisfaction

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Wireless carriers are getting better at providing customer care and service via self-service online and automated response systems (ARS), boosting wireless satisfaction, according to the latest market research from J.D. Power. Wireless carrier customer satisfaction with self-service customer care channels reached an all-time high, the consumer research provider found in two semi-annual reports released February...Learn More

Most Popular Smartphone Apps: Entertainment Leads Communications and Social Media

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Smartphones have practically become human appendages among the fast growing number of mobile device users worldwide as Internet-enabled mobile devices have evolved to serve a growing range of functions. That includes entertainment, which are the most popular smartphone apps. According to new GfK MRI research, smartphone users today are just as likely to be searching...Learn More

Telecom Forecast to be One of the Highest IT Spending Industries

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Telecom will be one of three highest IT spending industries between now and 2019, according to new research from IDC. The other big spenders will be banking and discrete manufacturing. IT spending in each of the three industries will account for more than 8% of all spending over the forecast period. Process manufacturing, federal/central government...Learn More

Mobile Data Growth: Smart Phone Penetration Will Exceed Electricity by 2020

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Seven of every 10 people living on the planet – some 5.5 billion – will make use of mobile devices by 2020, according to Cisco’s 10th annual Visual Networking Index (VNI), which includes forecasts of global mobile data growth from 2015-2020. The worldwide number of mobile device users has quintupled since 2000, Cisco points out....Learn More

SDN Market Forecast to Reach Nearly $12.5 Billion by 2020

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The software defined networking (SDN) market will expand at a 53.9% CAGR through 2020, by which time it will be valued at nearly $12.5 billion annually, according to a new IDC SDN market forecast. IDC’s definition of the SDN market encompasses physical network infrastructure, virtualization/control software, SDN applications, such as network/security, and professional services. “While...Learn More

Wi-Fi 802.11ac Shipments Now 65% of All Wi-Fi Access Points

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Growth in Wi-Fi 802.11ac shipments is being aided by the addition of new higher performance features, such as MU-MIMO, which will rise to account for nearly 65% of overall Wi-Fi access point shipments globally this year, according to ABI Research. The market research specialist expects momentum built up over the past year, during which 802.11ac...Learn More

IDC: Tablet Sales Drop to 206 Million, Down 10% From Last Year

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Holiday-season sales weren’t enough to avoid a disappointing 4Q 2015 for tablet shipments, which declined 13.7% year-over-year (YoY). Tablet shipments totaled 206.8 million for 2015 in its entirety, a 10.1% drop from 2014’s 230.1 million, according to the latest IDC Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker. Global 4Q 2015 tablet shipments totaled 65.9 million units. Apple continued...Learn More

IDC: 40% See Growth in Healthcare IT Spending

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Healthcare IT spending for healthcare providers continues to rise as they shift from carrying out organization-wide electronic health record (EHR) initiatives to supplementing EHR systems with analytics and care management functionality, according to a new IDC Health Insights report. Supporting the assertion, 40% of healthcare IT professional responding to IDC’s 2015-2016 Healthcare Provider Technology Spend...Learn More

CTA Report: Social TV Use Leads Second Screen Behavior Among Millenials

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Social TV use is the favorite second screen activity for millennials, with viewing other content during first screen commercials running a close second. Nearly 9 in 10 young adult Millennials (88%) are using ¨second screens¨ to augment their first screen experience, the highest percentage of any age demographic, according to new market research from the...Learn More