Posts by Phil Britt

Phil Britt is a 40-year journalist who has covered various aspects of telecom, business, industry, technology, and automation for the past 30 years with work appearing in Telephony, Supercomm show dailies, Teledotcom, Mobile Marketing & Technology and several other publications and websites. Mr. Britt is a 1978 graduate of Purdue University and lives in suburban Chicago with his wife, Sue. They have two adult children.

Zayo Sells Minnesota ILEC to New Ulm Telecom

Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. today announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell Scott-Rice Telephone Co., a Minnesota ILEC (incumbent local exchange carrier), for $42 million to New Ulm Telecom, Inc. Zayo acquired Scott-Rice Telephone as part of its March 2017 purchase of Electric Lightwave, as we reported in late 2016. The Electric...Learn More

Report: Gfast Deployments Now Reach 3 Million Locations, But Actual Subscriber Counts Still Quite Small

Broadband analyst firm Point Topic estimates that as of early 2018, some 3 million premises will have access to Gfast networks, offering maximum download speeds varying from 300 Mbps to 500Mbps. Point Topic found 33 telecom operators and ISPs that have made Gfast deployments or are planning to roll out this technology in the near...Learn More

Foreign Interest in U.S. Fiber Assets is Growing as Oak Hill Sells FirstLight to Antin Infrastructure Partners

Antin Infrastructure Partners, a European-based investment firm, today entered into a definitive agreement under which it will acquire FirstLight, a fiber-optic bandwidth infrastructure services provider operating in the Northeast U.S.,  from Oak Hill Capital Partners IV. The value of the Antin FirstLight deal was not disclosed. As we reported last April, Oak Hill had been...Learn More

TDS-Owned OneNeck Patents Data Center Sensors That Pinpoint Server Hotspots

OneNeck’s new vertically sweeping roaming robotic-sensor, designed to move up and down a closed server cabinet has been awarded a U.S. patent, the TDS data center subsidiary announced. During each vertical sweep, the OneNeck data center sensor assembly records the heat and humidity then generates a color-coded heat map. Data centers include hundreds of such...Learn More

ACA Survey: Retransmission Fees May Reach $19 Per Subscriber, Per Month by 2020

Retransmission fees are continuing to escalate and will go much higher in the next few years, according to smaller cable companies that are members of the American Cable Association (ACA). ACA members reported that they will be forced to pay corporate broadcasters an average of 88 percent more in “retrans” fees by 2020.  Based on...Learn More

Report: Fixed Wireless Interest Will Drive Growth in LTE, 802.11-based Equipment Solutions

The fixed wireless access market will generate nearly $20 billion in cumulative equipment revenue from base station access point (AP) and customer premise equipment (CPE) sales over the next six years, according to a fixed wireless market forecast from Mobile Experts. Annual sales of “dedicated” fixed wireless AP equipment are forecast to grow from $430...Learn More

Purdue University Chooses Smithville Fiber for Major Project

Purdue University will be using technology from Smithville Fiber’s advanced core network to increase connectivity performance from its West Lafayette campus to the WestGate@CraneTechnology Park. Smithville Fiber is the largest independent telecom company in Indiana. This new network architecture provides multiprotocol label switching to the customer edge supported by a 100-gigabit optical transport network. The...Learn More

Mobile Video Streaming Research: AT&T Offers Best Reliability, T-Mobile Loads the Fastest

AT&T’s network had high marks for video streaming reliability, while T-Mobile’s network tended to load videos faster than the other three major carrier networks, according to new mobile video streaming research from Global Wireless Solutions, Inc. According to the research, 98% of videos streamed over AT&T’s network were successfully completed; also videos tested on AT&T...Learn More

KPIs Help with Implementation of NFV, SDN: ATIS

By examining the right metrics/key performance indicators (KPIs), communications service providers can more effectively put advanced network virtualization technologies into action in the network, according to a new report from the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS). The report offers insight into best practices for the implementation of NFV and SDN. Driven by the need...Learn More

FCC Broadband Report: New Deployments Rise After Two-Year Drop

Broadband deployment had slowed but has shown recent signs of recovery, according to the 2018 version of the annual FCC broadband report. The agency attributes the two-year downturn between 2015 and 2017 to the previous commission’s 2015 Title II Order that regulated broadband Internet access service as a utility, arguing that it resulted in a...Learn More

Wireless Customer Satisfaction Study: Unlimited Data Users Report Fewer Problems

Wireless customers are relatively pleased with the quality of their networks and their legacy wireless devices, according to a new wireless customer satisfaction study from J.D. Power. The research firm says that quality may not have actually improved, but customer perception of quality has due to the availability of unlimited data. Unlimited data plan customers...Learn More

Report: Q4 2017 Smartphone Shipments Decline 9% From Q4 2016

New research from Strategy Analytics shows that global Q4 2017 smartphone shipments dropped 9 percent compared to the same period a year earlier, marking the sharpest drop since the debut of the smartphone. Apple was the most popular smartphone provider, notching a 19% global market share, just nudging out Samsung. Also notable was Xiaomi, which...Learn More

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