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.

Report: Netflix Takes HBO Now to the Woodshed, Rated Best SVOD Offering

Netflix continues to provide more of what viewers want than competing subscription video on demand (SVOD) services, according to a new report about the best SVOD offering from customer experience research firm UserTesting. Netflix scored a 90 out of 100 in a ranking that considered ease of use, speed, credibility, aesthetics, and delight. Customer experience...Learn More

Android Data Usage Trends: 60% Increase in One Year

Android-based phones have seen a jump in data traffic across all operators, according to new research about Android data usage trends from AppOptix. The company monitors 4,000 Android devices, which had significant jumps in cellular and WiFi data, due — at least in part — to increases in video usage, according to the research firm....Learn More

New York, Others Added for Sprint 5G Rollout

Sprint has added New York City, Phoenix and Kansas City to the markets that will receive the company’s 5G service in the first half of 2019. Previously announced markets for the Sprint 5G rollout include Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. We reported last month that if the planned merger with T-Mobile...Learn More

Windstream Enterprise UCaaS Platform Upgraded

Windstream Enterprise has upgraded its Windstream Enterprise UCaaS Mitel platform, the company announced today. The platform offers a UC solution that integrates voice, multi-media, unified messaging, mobility and other services onto a single platform.   UCaaS capabilities now exceed those available from premises-based UC solutions, according to the Gartner 2017 Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications...Learn More

Pay-TV and Telecom Spending Forecast to Reach $1.7 Trillion in 2018

Spending on telecommunications services and pay TV services in the Americas is expected to grow at .2% per year through 2022, according to a pay-TV and telecom spending forecast from International Data Corporation (IDC). On a worldwide basis, spending on telecommunications services and pay TV services reached $1,662 billion in 2017, an increase of 1.4%...Learn More

Report: Apple iPhone X is World’s Best Selling Smartphone

Global smartphone shipments reached 345 million units in the first quarter of 2018, according to the Strategy Analytics Smartphone Model Tracker report.Apple iPhone X was the world’s best-selling smartphone model, despite its high price compared to competitors, shipping 16 million units during the quarter, researchers said. Xiaomi Redmi 5A and Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus were...Learn More

Report Declares Comcast Quad Play ‘Firmly Rooted,’ With Verizon Being the Biggest Loser

Xfinity mobile’s pricing strategy is stealing customers from all major carriers, according to a new study from Market Strategies International, which also declares the Comcast quad play “firmly rooted,” thanks to Xfinity mobile. The new report finds that almost 60% of current Xfinity mobile customers said they switched because of the better deal, while an...Learn More

Pew: Smartphone-Only Homes Grow, Now 1 in 5 Use Smartphones Exclusively for Internet Access

A new report from the Pew Research Center finds that 20% of Americans exclusively use their smartphones at home for internet access – they don’t subscribe to a traditional wireline broadband service. The figure shows a strengthening of this smartphone-only homes trend. According to Pew, only 13% of Americans in 2015 said they were smartphone-only...Learn More

Up Next with SD-WAN: Consolidated Communications

Consolidated Communications has joined the parade of companies offering SD-WAN, software-based network technology that provides a simplified management and automation of WAN connections. In late February, we reported that more than 85% of companies were considering adopting SD-WAN, according to a new SD-WAN report conducted by Dimensional Research for SD-WAN developer Versa Networks. An IDC...Learn More

Report: Smartphone Trade-in Values Rise, Approaching $500M

U.S. consumers received more than $479 million from smartphone trade-ins during the first quarter of 2018, according to a new report from HYLA Mobile, a provider of software technology and services for mobile device trade-in and reuse. That was a rise in smartphone trade-in values of $35 million compared to the same quarter in 2017...Learn More

Charter Goes for the Gig With Major Expansion Announcement and More to Come

Today Charter announced it had expanded its Spectrum Internet Gig service to new markets, including Los Angeles, Dallas and Milwaukee. Charter gigabit has now been rolled out to approximately 23 million U.S. homes and the company expects to extend this service to most of its 41-state market by the end of the year. Charter gigabit...Learn More

ABI: Verizon, AT&T 5G Efforts to Contribute to 2018 30% Growth in Fixed Wireless Broadband

The global fixed wireless broadband market will grow 30% in 2018 and will generate $18 billion in service revenue, according to a fixed wireless broadband forecast from ABI Research. As 5G fixed wireless broadband access is set to be launched in North America in 2018, it is set to expand and provide consumers with better quality service in...Learn More

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