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.



Microsoft TV White Spaces Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands Deployments Provide Emergency Communications

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TV white spaces (TVWS) technology provided by Microsoft is helping people in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands reconnect with people outside their immediate communities. More than two months have passed since Puerto Rico and the Caribbean were ravaged by hurricanes, knocking out internet and cell communications as well as many basic services that...Learn More

J.D. Power: Wireless Router Satisfaction Declines, But Problems are Few

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Customers are less satisfied with their wireless routers than they were a year ago, according to J.D. Power. Wireless router satisfaction fell to 833 on a 1,000-point scale in 2017 compared to 847 in the 2016 report. Satisfaction fell in all 10 factors measured in the study, researchers noted in a  press release. The largest...Learn More

Deloitte: As Smartphone Penetration Hits 82%, Wireless Industry Thrives

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A new report from Deloitte LLP confirms the popularity of smartphones and the health of the wireless industry. Americans as a whole use their mobile phones 12 billion times a day, according to researchers. Additionally, smartphone penetration has reached 82 percent (93 percent for the 18-24 age group). Deloitte LLP published the results in its...Learn More

Wave Broadband Gigabit Footprint Expanded

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Competitive broadband provider Wave Broadband today launched its Gig Speed Internet service for residential and business customers throughout its West Coast coverage areas. The Wave Broadband gigabit footprint now covers the company’s entire Washington, Oregon and California serving area. Wave had previously offered those speeds only to select apartment and condo buildings in Seattle, San...Learn More

FTTH Forecast Sees 100 Mbps to 1 Gbps Bandwidth Range Dominating

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Global fiber to the home is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 14.4 percent over the next 10 years, according to a new fiber to the home forecast from Future Markets Insights. The report, Fibre to the Home Market, says that the current value of that market is $9.5 billion, and will...Learn More

Comcast VoiceEdge Select Drills Down Deeper into SMB Segment with Hosted VoIP

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Comcast VoiceEdge Select, announced yesterday, is a cloud-based phone service that targets smaller SMB customers. The new hosted voice service offers a full set of standard and advanced calling features, a mobile app and business-grade phones priced by the seat, according to Comcast. Other capabilities included in VoiceEdge Select are automated attendant, hunt groups, simultaneous...Learn More

XGS-PON Plugfest Confirms Vendor Interoperability

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The second XGS-PON Interoperability Plugfest, which concluded in Tauxigny, France recently, brought together 13 tech companies from across the globe in an attempt to improve the interoperability of one of the latest iterations of PON technology. The XGS-PON plugfest focused on interoperability between XGS-PON Optical Line Terminations and Optical Network Units (ONUs), and the coexistence...Learn More

T-Mobile LTE Advanced Now in More Than 920 Markets, Gigabit LTE Available in Nearly Half of Them

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T-Mobile has expanded the T-Mobile LTE Advanced footprint to more than 920 markets. T-Mobile claims the 920 markets surpass those of other carriers that have deployed LTE Advanced technology. T-Mobile also said it has three speed-boosting technologies – carrier aggregation, 4X4 MIMO and 256 QAM – live in 430 of the LTE Advanced markets. With LTE...Learn More

Target to Begin Marketing ‘Free’ Wireless Plans Through FreedomPop Partnership

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A new FreedomPop Target deal will make FreedomPop’s free wireless service available in Target retail stores. Beginning today, Target shoppers can purchase a $4.99 SIM or a select Android handset starting at just $59 with free mobile service from FreedomPop, including voice, text and data. The offerings are available at the more than 1,100 Target...Learn More

T-Mobile Curls Up With Nest for Home Security Bundle

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A T-Mobile home security package featuring Nest home security equipment will soon go on sale, giving T-Mobile a path into the rapidly evolving home security market. T-Mobile joins a host of other communications service providers who now offer some form of home security, including AT&T and Comcast, among others, large and small. T-Mobile Home Security...Learn More

Report: Total 3Q17 U.S. Smartphone Shipments Fall, but Motorola Up

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U.S. smartphone shipments fell 2 percent annually to reach 40 million units in the third quarter of 2017, according to Strategy Analytics. In a press release announcing the results, Strategy Analytics said that Motorola had moved up to 5 percent market share in the third quarter of 2017, doubling its smartphone sales from a year...Learn More

Taco Bell Hands Over Technology Keys to Comcast Business Enterprise Unit, Managed Wi-Fi a Key Component

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Taco Bell has selected Comcast Business Enterprise Solutions to provide managed services, including guest Wi-Fi, at more than 6,200 Taco Bell company and franchise locations across the U.S. In the press release announcing the deal, Comcast pointed out that Taco Bell has launched several technology solutions over the last few years, including online ordering and...Learn More

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