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



GfK: Digital Media Player Ownership Up Ten-Fold Since 2010

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Video game consoles are the most common means Netflix viewers use to watch streaming movies and TV shows, but that’s changing as more and more Netflix subscribers turn to over-the-top (OTT) set-top devices, a.k.a. digital media players, according to new market research from GfK. Digital media player ownership is surging in the U.S., increasing ten-fold...Learn More

J.D. Power Finds Improved Phone, TV, Internet Customer Satisfaction

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Performance, reliability and connection speed problems declined from last year as TV and Internet service providers (ISPs) continue to upgrade networks, according to three U.S. wireline studies released September 25 by J.D. Power. Surveying residential customers’ experiences with TV, Internet and phone services across four regions, J.D. Power’s annual studies evaluate overall customer satisfaction based...Learn More

GSA Finds Mobile HD Voice Deployments in 75 Countries

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High-definition (HD) voice services are now available from 116 mobile operators in 75 countries, according to the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA). The number of mobile operators now offering HD voice services has grown 30 percent year-over-year, GSA reports in the latest issue of the Mobile HD voice: Global Update report. In addition to enabling...Learn More

IHS iPhone 6 Tear-Down: Plus Model Costs Only $15.50 More to Build

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Investors in Apple’s shares have long cheered the company’s ability to command premium prices, and fanatic customer allegiance, for its sleekly designed consumer electronics (CE) products. Apple continues to pursue that strategy with the launch of the iPhone 6, and to an even greater degree, the iPhone 6 Plus. Buyers of the Apple iPhone 6...Learn More

WBA: Next-Gen Wi-Fi Deployments Gain Momentum

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The pace of next-generation Wi-Fi Hotspots (NGH) deployment is accelerating. Twelve commercial NGH deployments from operators in the U.S. Asia, Europe, South America and the Middle East have gone live, according to the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA). In the U.S., WBA members Boingo, Towerstream and Time Warner Cable have launched NGHs. The NGH roll-outs were...Learn More

GSMA: Mobile Industry GDP Impact at $550B, Represents 3% of Regional GDP

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North America’s mobile market “is one of the most advanced and successful in the world,” according to the latest report in GSMA’s Mobile Economy report series. Retail rates for advanced mobile services, 4G LTE network connectivity, are lower than those in comparable markets around the world, according to GSMA’s “Mobile Economy North America 2014” report....Learn More

Survey: App Adopters See Faster Revenue Growth Than Non-Adopters

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Revenue of businesses that are “leaders” in terms of making good use of software and application development are growing more than twice as fast as those considered “laggards,” according to a global study commissioned by software developer CA Technologies. Analyzing results of a survey of 1,450 senior business leaders across 13 countries, CA Technologies found...Learn More

Ovum: Global LTE Subscriptions Reach 250 Million

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The number of LTE mobile broadband subscriptions worldwide reached the 250-million milestone in 1Q 2014, according to an update from Ovum’s World Cellular Data Metrics. The U.S. is the world’s largest LTE market, according to the latest data, with Verizon Wireless and AT&T – the two leading U.S. carriers – accounting for 35 percent of...Learn More

TDG: TV Everywhere Adoption Not Hampered by Authentication

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Just 7 percent of TV Everywhere (TVE) subscribers think of the authentication process as negative. Less than 1 percent think such processes are “very difficult,” according to new market research from TDG (The Diffusion Group). The findings run contrary to industry leaders’ assertions that authentication processes are cumbersome “and an obstacle to expanding TVE use,”...Learn More

IDC Studies B2B Purchase Decisions and Social Media

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Three-quarters of business-to-business (B2B) buyers and 84 percent of C-level/vice president executives use social media to support purchase decisions, according to market research from IDC. According to the the global study, B2B buyers most actively using social media to support purchase decision-making were more senior and had 84 percent bigger budgets. They also made 61...Learn More

Ooyala: Mobile Video Viewership Up 127% in One Year

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The proliferation of small mobile screens and accelerating deployment of the latest generation mobile broadband networks continue to drive mobile video viewership higher and higher. Mobile video viewership more than doubled in the past year and now represents over 25 percent of all online viewing, according to Ooyala’s Q2 Global Video Index Report. Over the...Learn More

GSMA: Global Smartphone Connections To Triple by 2020

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The number of global smartphone connections will triple over the next six years to reach 6 billion by 2020, according to a new market research report from GSMA Intelligence. Accounting for one in three mobile connections today, smartphones will account for two out of every three mobile connections worldwide by the end of the decade,...Learn More