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



Report: Eleven Carriers Have More Than 10K Fiber Connected Buildings

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Eleven fiber network operators were each providing on-net connectivity to at least 10,000 commercial buildings in the U.S. as of year-end 2016, according to new fiber connected buildings research from Vertical Systems Group. By rank order, AT&T, Verizon, Spectrum Enterprise (Charter), CenturyLink, Comcast, Level 3, Cox, Lightower, Zayo, Altice USA and Frontier ranked atop the...Learn More

Report: T-Mobile Network Metrics Surge; Verizon, AT&T Take Hits In Wake of Unlimited Data Plans

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The revival of unlimited data plans took their toll on the wireless networks of the top two U.S. carriers since being reintroduced in February. T-Mobile network metrics gained ground, while 4G and overall wireless network speeds dropped at both Verizon and AT&T as their networks were swamped by the resulting deluge of wireless/mobile data traffic,...Learn More

CenturyLink Business VoIP Targets Small Business with Cloud Based UC Platform

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CenturyLink is casting its net wider across the business VoIP (Voice-over-Internet-Protocol) market space, announcing a managed, plug-and-play VoIP services platform for small business customers dubbed CenturyLink Business VoIP. The offering provides pre-configured, premium, plug-and-play digital voice communications at a flat monthly rate, the company highlights. CenturyLink Business VoIP Importantly for small businesses, CenturyLink’s new VoIP...Learn More

Report: U.S. Connected TV Users to Rise 10%, Roku Heads the Pack

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The number of U.S. connected TV users will continue to grow at a double-digit rate this year, rising 10.1% from 2016’s level. Smart TVs actually connected to the Internet will be the single largest category, according to eMarketer. In sum, 168.1 million people in the U.S. will use an Internet-connected TV device of one type...Learn More

CenturyLink Managed Hybrid SD-WAN Launched

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A CenturyLink managed hybrid SD-WAN service hit the market yesterday. As the company explained, the offering delivers comprehensive WAN packages “as a service” for a fixed monthly price. The availability of the CenturyLink Managed Hybrid SD-WAN solutions holds out prospects of tighter integration of high-capacity network infrastructure and customer premises equipment, along with optimization of...Learn More

AT&T Venture Funding to Plow as Much as $200M into Disruptive SDN Technology, Start-Ups

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AT&T venture funding initiatives will include as much as $200 million invested into a venture capital fund that aims to  propel emerging connected services and platform technologies, the company announced last week. The carrier will work with Minneapolis-based high-tech venture capital specialist Coral Group’s Communications Industry Platform (CIP) unit to identify and invest in, as...Learn More

T-Mobile LAA Field Test Achieves Mobile Broadband Speed of 741 Mbps

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T-Mobile announced that it has completed the first live mobile broadband data session field test using License Assisted Access (LAA) on its commercial network. The T-Mobile LAA test is the first of its kind on a live commercial network by a U.S. carrier for the emerging technology, the ‘Un-carrier’ claims. Making use of  LAA in...Learn More

FCC Proposes Levying $120 Million Fine on Miami Resident for Robocall Scam

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The FCC proposed imposing a fine of $120 million against one person who it’s said made made nearly 100 million spoofed robocalls. The alleged robocall scam violates the Truth in Caller ID Act, which makes it illegal to deliberately falsify caller ID information so as to disguise a caller’s identity with the intent to defraud...Learn More

Report: When Comparing OTT Threats on Pay TV, it’s the Revenue, Not the Subscribers That Counts

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Much continues to be made of OTT threats on pay TV providers, with often dire predictions in tow. While acknowledging a fast and dramatically changing technological and viewer environment, Strategy Analytics (SA) says traditional pay TV providers will continue to dominate the U.S. and North American pay-TV market despite falling sales, however. Overall, annual U.S....Learn More

Virtual MSOs Bigger Threat to Cable, Satellite, Telco Pay-TV than Netflix, Amazon

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The launch of “skinny” streaming TV and video service bundles by OTT providers, such as YouTube, poses the latest real and present danger to incumbent cable, satellite, and telco pay-TV vendors. A more recent market entrant in the U.S. and internationally, Virtual Multiple Systems Operators, or VMSOs, are more direct competitors to traditional pay-TV providers...Learn More

Connected Car Survey: Only 29% Would Pay for In-Car Wi-Fi

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More consumers worldwide are expressing a desire for advanced, in-vehicle automotive technology when considering the purchase of their next new vehicle. The trouble, at least from the perspective of auto manufacturers and connected car and vehicle vendors, is that their willingness to pay for it varies widely, according to a new connected car survey from...Learn More

Verizon Wireless Beats Back T-Mobile for PC Magazine’s Fastest U.S. Mobile Network Title

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Verizon Wireless held on to the title of the fastest U.S. mobile network, at least when it comes to mobile network speeds among the nation’s four largest carriers, which amounts to essentially the same thing, according to PC Magazine’s latest annual nationwide speed test. Verizon Wireless once again earned PCMag’s number one ranking for 2017,...Learn More

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