Posts by Carl Weinschenk

Carl Weinschenk is a long time writer and editor, covering technology. His writing has appeared at IT Business Edge, Broadband Technology Report, tele.com, InternetWeek and many other sites and publications.



Report: Millennial OTT Penetration May Have Topped Out, More Than Half Subscribe to Two Services

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More than 85% of millennials in U.S. households subscribe to one or more OTT video services and penetration among Baby Boomers and older people grew more than 10% between 2016 and last year, according to OTT video demographics research from Parks Associates. “Overall penetration of subscription OTT video services among millennials has topped out, suggesting...Learn More

IDC: Video Entertainment & Smart Speakers Dominate the Smart Home, Battle Raging for Smart Assistant Lead

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The smart home device market is more than a quarter larger this year than last, according to a smart home device forecast from IDC. In 2018, 549.5 million devices will ship, a 26.8% increase over last year. The leading categories are smart speakers and video entertainment products, which will represent 71% of the market in...Learn More

Sprint Taps Blockchain for Connected Car Offering

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A Sprint connected car offering launched today features a blockchain-powered IoT security system designed to guard against hackers. The offering is built on a platform from NXM Labs that includes high speed Wi-Fi, vehicle health monitoring and safety features. Maintenance reminders, preventative notifications, scheduling and the ability to book service appointments are included. The platform...Learn More

AR-VR Forecast: Bad Quarter, Good Future

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The augmented reality and virtual reality markets experienced a poor first quarter of 2018, but a rebound is expected, according to an AR-VR forecast from IDC. The category was down 30.5% year over year, with 1.2 million units shipped. There is an extenuating factor, however. IDC says that much of the decline was due to...Learn More

Comcast X1 for Hospitality Era Begins with Check-In at the Philly Four Seasons

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Comcast Business has launched X1 for Hospitality and said that it will be used in the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center when it opens in the winter. Comcast has effectively used the X1 platform to deliver a differentiated user experience to their residential market, where it’s been cited as a value-add that helps...Learn More

Amazon Owned Ring Will Launch Home Security and Monitoring Service for $10/month

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Just after their recently closed acquisition by Amazon, popular video doorbell provider Ring announced they will launch a home alarm and monitoring service. Announced in February 2018, Amazon reportedly paid $1 billion for Ring. The Ring Alarm home security monitoring system will begin shipping on July 4th. The do-it-yourself system, which now is available for...Learn More

Verizon/Nokia Test 5G NR Outdoors – Including Multi-Carrier Aggregation

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Verizon and Nokia say that they conducted outdoor 5G data sessions using 3GPP New Radio (NR) standards. The Verizon/Nokia 5G NR test included boosting of signals via multi-carrier aggregation. Marc Rouanne, president of Nokia Mobile Networks, focused on the outdoor element of the testing in a press release. “Nokia is committed to supporting Verizon’s advanced...Learn More

5G Subscriber Forecast: By 2023, LTE Will Still Outnumber 5G Subscriptions by 5 to 1

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There will be 1 billion 5G subscribers by 2023, when more than 20% of the world’s population has access to the technology, according to a 5G subscriber forecast included in the latest Ericsson Mobility Report. The report also found that mobile data traffic, driven by video, is continuing to grow and that LTE will be...Learn More

Report: U.S. TV Households Have More Connected TV Devices Than Pay-TV STBs

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Seventy-four percent of U.S. TV households have one or more devices connected to the Internet, according to new smart TV research from Leichtman Research Group. This compares with 65% in 2016, 44% in 2013 and 24% in 2010. The firm also found that 29% of adults in U.S. TV households use a connected device daily....Learn More

LPWA Forecast Calls for 1 Billion IoT Connections in 2023

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Low power wireless access (LPWA) network connections will grow at a 53% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) until 2023, according to an LPWA forecast from ABI Research. IoT connections, which will pass the 1 billion milestone that year, will experience a significant change in dynamics between cellular and non-cellular approaches during the study period. Last...Learn More

AT&T Nokia IoT Partnership Targets Enterprises Worldwide

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AT&T and Nokia are working together to drive IoT connectivity worldwide. A new announced AT&T Nokia IoT partnership will provide AT&T enterprise customers with products and services offered by Nokia’s Worldwide IoT Network Grid (WING). WING offers core network, dedicated IoT operations, billing, security, data analytics and other assets. “Our work with Nokia WING will...Learn More

Gfk: Smart Home Self-Installation Preferred by 52% of U.S. Consumers

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People want to quite literally take their smart home technology installation in-house, according to a new survey about smart home self-installation from GfK Research. The firm found that 52% of consumers would prefer to install smart home products themselves, which is up from 43% in 2015. The firm also found that 57% want to maintain...Learn More

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