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



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

Report: TV Streaming Subscribers Can Be Segmented into Four Categories

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About two-thirds of U.S. adult broadband users have subscriptions to video-on-demand (SVOD) on a home television. Streaming movies and TV programs via the Internet to their TV screens isn’t the only thing that distinguishes home SVOD subscribers from the larger population of U.S. adult broadband users, however, The Diffusion Group (TDG) explains in new market...Learn More

ABI: Enterprise 5G Plans Don’t Match the Hype

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Sixty-two percent of U.S.-based companies spanning nine industry verticals do not have plans to deploy next-generation 5G wireless/mobile broadband technology in coming years, according to new market research about enterprise 5G plans from ABI Research. The results, ABI says, indicate “severe discord” between industry expectations and high-profile public relations campaigns among wireless/mobile industry players and...Learn More

Motorola Offers Details on AT&T FirstNet Equipment

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Motorola Solutions will provide “best in class” mobile apps, sofware and services for the 4G LTE wireless/mobile broadband network AT&T is building for the federal government’s FirstNet network, the company said yesterday. Having come out on top of FirstNet’s RFP selection process, AT&T chose Motorola Solutions as a key AT&T FirstNet equipment supplier. Motorola will...Learn More

Initial Six G.fast Products Certified as Broadband Forum Launches International G.fast Council

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The Broadband Forum launched an international G.fast Council to speed development and uptake of the new “ultra fast” broadband network technology standard and also announced an initial six products have successfully completed the G.fast certification program. ARRIS, Calix, Huawei, Metanoia, Nokia and Technicolor worked with the Broadband Forum and University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory...Learn More

Business Use of Instant Messaging on the Rise, Email Still Primary Survey Finds

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Growing use of digital network communications in place of traditional phone and face-to-face interaction continues in the U.S. workplace. Email remains the centerpiece of office communications between co-workers, while use of other, more recently introduced forms of digital network communications, such as instant messaging applications, is on the rise, according to new market research about...Learn More

PwC: U.S. Entertainment-Media Revenues to Reach $759 Billion by 2021

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Rapid shifts in digital information and communications technology (ICT), and the ways it’s used by the increasingly large share of the population turning to the Internet for entertainment and media (E&M) content has added a third dimension to the calculus market players need to factor into their business plans and actions, PwC highlights in a...Learn More

Report: Streaming Video Subscribers Outnumber Pay-TV Subscribers Among Internet Users

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The popularity of streaming Internet TV and movie services provided over-the-top (OTT) has reached another new high point. More American Internet users are using streaming video services than have cable pay-TV subscriptions, according to an eMarketer report based on a May 2017 market study about SVOD subscribers from Fluent LLC. Two-thirds of U.S. Internet users...Learn More

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