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Local Telco Offers Tips on Managing Community Local Content Channels

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It’s a lot of work, but according to ITC’s Katie Heller, their local content effort is appreciated by this service provider’s video customers in eastern South Dakota and western Minnesota.  Interstate Telecommunications Coop, based in Clear Lake, SD, provides video to dozens of communities and has developed eleven community access channels and one general interest local content channel that...Learn More

Finding Your Place in the Cloud

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2014 was a pivotal year for the cloud. For the first time ever, more work was processed in the cloud than in traditional IT storage spaces. This shift in technology usage represents not only a growing interest and comfort level in the enterprise moving to cloud communications, but also the significant growth of the cloud...Learn More

OTT Creating Flood of Video Traffic That Must be Addressed

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The growing amount of video traffic generated by OTT services is well documented. Broadband service providers are carefully monitoring networks and responding with faster speeds to the home and with network upgrades. But will these measures be enough? The video traffic flood has only just begun and future requirements will only multiply. We’re just at...Learn More

Smaller Cable Companies See Benefits in Transition to IPTV

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Rapid changes in the video business are causing smaller cable companies, who have historically relied on RF and HFC technologies, to evaluate new IPTV options. Customers are demanding digital services like Whole Home DVR, Restart TV, and smartphone and tablet applications, which are best enabled through IPTV. Increasingly smaller cable companies are making the transition....Learn More

Hosted Unified Communications: Flexibility Sells

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In today’s marketplace, there are many factors pushing businesses of all sizes to embrace the cloud for their communications needs. Here are just a few: the growing number of remote workers, the need for more and better team collaboration, the growing use of wireless devices and apps for business communications, and a constant desire to...Learn More

Securing the Internet of Things is Often Overlooked – Don’t Make That Mistake

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According to leading customer experience management provider Sitel, there will be 50 billion connected devices across the globe by 2020, creating an interconnected world often referred to as the Internet of Things (IoT). The year 2020 is only five short years away, and if you are in the business of providing the network connectivity that...Learn More

Voice over Wi-Fi Services: Loud and Clear

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The business and architectural changes propelled by the Internet are accelerating relentlessly. Single-service networks are converging on IP and applications of all types will be delivered as over-the-top (OTT) and on-demand. That’s particularly true when it comes to voice services, where the move to Voice over IP (VoIP) offers consumers reduced bills and the ability...Learn More

Embracing the Software Based Telecom Network

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Communications network infrastructure is on a path to become more software-centric: virtual network functions running on commodity hardware, in the cloud.  Intelligent software, separated from hardware, driven by the double-header of both network functions virtualization (NFV) and software defined networking (SDN). In turn, assets will be part of a “new global network” that will be...Learn More

The Art of Delivering Hosted Unified Communications

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With the explosive growth in hosted private-branch exchange (PBX) and unified communications (UC), many service providers are now considering selling hosted communications services to business customers for the first time. The financial rewards can be great for the service providers offering hosted PBX/UC services. But as with any robust communications service, there is a fair...Learn More

Connected Car Will Fuel Continued Explosion in Billable Wireless Backhaul Opportunity

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The ongoing explosion in mobile broadband usage continues to drive billable revenue opportunities for today’s broadband carrier. While wireless backhaul is a relatively mature business, the number of devices connecting to the network continues to grow, and the ways in which those devices consume bandwidth only accelerates the wireless backhaul business opportunity. Consider that the...Learn More

Stay Focused During Wireless Price Wars

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It’s official. We’re in the middle of a fierce wireless price war by national wireless carriers. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon have all introduced new plans, undercutting each other in the past few weeks, with more to come. This war impacts wireless and wireline carriers alike. By lowering prices, these national carriers not only entice...Learn More

Reinvent the Home Phone for Different Markets

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“Two in every five American homes (39.4%) had only wireless phones as of the first half of 2013. About 38% of U.S. adults (or 90 million) and 45.4% of U.S. children (33 million) lived in wireless-only households… The percentage of adults living in households with only wireless telephones decreased as age increased beyond 35 years:...Learn More

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