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



NICT Achieves 40 Mbps in London TV White Space Wireless Broadband Pilot

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Pilot testing a TV white space wireless broadband communications system in central London, Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) achieved throughput speeds of 40 Mbps and established a 3.7 kilometer (~2.3 mile) link. The pilot test was organized, and specifications set, by U.K. telecoms regulator Ofcom. The London TV white spaces wireless...Learn More

New HGI Home Media Gateway Business Requirements Targets the Smart Home

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Moving forward with efforts to develop open standards for smart home ecosystems, industry association the Home Gateway Initiative (HGI) on July 28 released a document detailing high-level broadband service provider (BSP) media gateway business requirements. Building on its standards development work for home gateways, HGI’s media gateway business requirements add functions to media gateways that...Learn More

After One Year, Google Chromecast Streams Number 400 Million

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Google recently celebrated Chromecast’s first birthday, and reveled some usage statistics. “A thumb-sized media streaming media device that plugs into HDMI ports on TV sets,” Chromecast users can beam online shows, movies, music and other streaming digital content to their TVs from their smartphones, tablets, and PCs by setting up a simple mobile app. Users...Learn More

SpeedSpot: Google Wi-Fi Gives Starbucks an 18x Speed Boost

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Realizing a 10-fold improvement in Wi-Fi network speed seems like a lot to hope for, or expect, but that’s what Starbucks was expecting when it switched from AT&T to Google last year. Turns out the results have exceeded expectations, according to SpeedSpot. Downstream, Wi-Fi network speeds across over 650 Starbucks shops in the U.S. are...Learn More

OECD: U.S. Wireless Broadband Penetration Hits 100 Percent

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Nearly three of every four developed country residents have access to wireless broadband services, according to the latest, December 2013, data from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), a global economic development focused organization. Wireless broadband penetration across the 34-member nation OECD had reached 72.4 percent as of last December, a year-over-year increase...Learn More

TDG Finds Monthly Mobile TV App Usage by Half of Broadband Users

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Half (49 percent) of U.S. adult broadband users use some type of mobile video app at least once a month, according to new market research from The Diffusion Group (TDG). Seventeen percent make use of video apps weekly and 16 percent daily, according to TDG’s “Mobile Video Apps: User Dimensions.” Examining usage across age groups TDG...Learn More

Comcast IPv6 Milestone Reached

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Comcast on July 22 announced that its broadband network is fully deployed to support IPv6 dual stack connectivity. The announcement comes on the heels of the second anniversary of World IPv6 Launch. Comcast has surpassed 30 percent IPv6 deployment overall, according to July 2014 launch measurements published last week by the Internet Society. AT&T has...Learn More

Cellular One Communities App Supports CMAS

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Local and hyper-local news and information services have been on the rise for some time thanks to GPS and increasingly granular location-based data. Looking to capitalize on the trend, MTPCS, which does business as Cellular One of Texas and Louisiana, on July 22 launched “Communities,” a smartphone app that provides customers in Louisiana and Texas...Learn More

ABI Ultraportable PC Forecast: 26% Annual Growth

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Though still small, the ultraportable segment of the PC market is turning out to be a bright spot in an otherwise declining PC market, with shipments surging 65 percent year over year in 1Q 2014 to reach 5.1 million units worldwide, according to the latest market data report from ABI Research. ABI forecasts growth will...Learn More

Millennials and BYOD: Study Finds 70% Use Unapproved Apps

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Dubbed “Digital Natives,” U.S. adults coming of age around the turn of century – aka Millennials – are driving fundamental change in information and communications technology (ICT) throughout organizations. Millennials, according to a new study from TrackVia, “have embraced the Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and Bring-Your-Own-Application (BYOA) revolution like no other generation in the workplace.” TrackVia, a...Learn More

LTE Connections Forecast to Exceed 1 Billion in 2017

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In a new report, Juniper Research foresees rapid uptake of 4G LTE technology over the next five years. The firm’s LTE connections forecast calls for more than 1 billion worldwide connections by 2017 and 1.8 billion by 2019. Attaining that level will mean active LTE connections will represent 22 percent of all mobile SIM connections....Learn More

IHS: Set-top Box Revenues Rebound; Set Record-High Revenue Total

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The set-top box (STB) market rebounded strongly in 2013 following three years of essentially flat growth, setting a record-high total in terms of annual revenue, according to the latest market data from IHS Technology. 2013′s performance sets the foundation for ongoing growth through 2015, the market research company says. Digital set-top box revenues totaled a...Learn More