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).

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CEO Announces Combined CenturyLink-Level 3 Leadership Team

With the acquisition of Level 3 Communications progressing, CenturyLink president and CEO Glen F. Post III announced the combined CenturyLink-Level 3 leadership team that will lead the merged information and communications network services company. Clay Bailey will lead the Level 3-CenturyLink integration team and initiative as senior vice president, transformation. Dean Douglas will serve as...Learn More

TV Households with a Connected TV Rises to 69%, Total Devices Surpass Pay-TV STBs

New research from Leichtman Research Group (LRG) found that U.S. TV households with a connected TV has risen to 69%, up from 24 percent in 2010 and 50 percent in 2014. Connected TV devices include smart TV sets or other connected TV devices, which could range from video game consoles and streaming media players to...Learn More

1Q Smartphone Shipments Rose a Surprising 4.3 Percent to 347.4 Million

First quarter 2017 smartphone shipments rose a surprising 4.3% globally over the same period last year, according to new research from IDC.  Global smartphone unit shipments totaled 347.4 million in 1Q. Market data from previous quarters revealed smartphone growth was slowing on a global basis. That raised concerns that a global peak had been reached....Learn More

App Economy Job Creation Report: 110,00 New Jobs in Two Years

Some 110,000 new software application development jobs were created across the App Economy ecosystem in the U.S. from May 2014 through May 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and reported in a new app economy job creation study from ACT – The App Association. And some 500,000 computing jobs remain unfilled. The “app...Learn More

Grande Communications Gigabit Rolled Out in Four Texas Markets

Grande Communications gigabit is now available to homes and businesses in four Texas cities — Austin, Dallas, Midland, Odessa and San Marcos —  for prices starting at $69.99 per month, management announced yesterday. Subscription to Grande’s gigabit home and business Internet service is contract-free and bandwidth is unconstrained by any caps on data usage. Wireless...Learn More

Sling Air TV Player Promotion Targets Cord Cutters

A new Sling Air TV promotion is targeted squarely at cord cutters. Starting today, viewers willing to shell out for three months or more of Sling TV service will receive a wireless AirTV Player and adapter for $50. That’s more than 50 percent off the standard MSRP of $129.99, according to a news release. With...Learn More

Comcast DOCSIS 3.1 Gigabit Rollout to Cover Utah

The Comcast DOCSIS 3.1 gigabit rollout continues with the news that Comcast is leveraging its investment in DOCSIS 3.1 technology to deliver residential broadband service as fast as 1 Gbps throughout the state of Utah over its existing network infrastructure. Comcast is on track to double its network capacity every 18-24 months in order to...Learn More

Report: Nearly One-Third of Free OTT Video Trials Converted into Paid Subscriptions

Just shy of one-third of those who take advantage of free OTT video trials, such as Netflix, Amazon Prime or Hulu, go on to sign up for paid subscriptions, according to new market research from Parks Associates. Zooming in on U.S. broadband households, Parks found that nearly half (47%) of the one-quarter that signed up...Learn More

Report: Growing Concern Regarding Healthcare IT Security

Security awareness and culture, or the lack thereof, is overall the greatest concern of nearly 8 in 10 U.S. healthcare industry executives and healthcare IT professionals when it comes to healthcare organizations’ exposure to IT security threats, according to a new healthcare IT security survey conducted by HIMSS Analytics for Level 3 Communications. Nearly half...Learn More

Video Sharing Survey: 40% of Broadband Households Use Sites Weekly

Just shy of 4 in 10 U.S. broadband households (39%) visit a video sharing site, such as YouTube, at least once a week, according to a video sharing survey from Parks Associates. Furthermore, nearly 6 in 10 (59%) visit an online video site on a regular basis. That said, a substantial proportion of U.S. broadband...Learn More

Windstream Diverse Connect Wants to Bring Peace of Mind to Cloud Connectivity

Seizing on business customers increasing reliance on the cloud and the critical applications resident there, Windstream is bringing a new business continuity solution to the market, Windstream Diverse Connect. According to the company, Windstream Diverse Connect guarantees end-to-end connectivity and ensures performance of “mission-critical” business functions for enterprise-scale businesses reliant on the cloud even when...Learn More

Report: Fiber Gap Dropping, Fiber-Connected Buildings on the Rise

Fiber-connected buildings represented 49.6 percent of U.S. commercial buildings as of year-end 2016, according to the latest market data from Vertical Systems Group. The so-called commercial building “fiber gap” – those without fiber network access – has been dropping steadily since 2004. Nine in 10 U.S. commercial buildings lacked fiber network access in 2004. That...Learn More

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