IDC: Business Analytics and Big Data Spending to Reach $187 Billion by 2019

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Business analytics and Big Data spending will increase more than 50% from 2015-2019, according to IDC’s latest ¨Worldwide Semiannual Big Data and Analytics Spending Guide.¨IDC’s forecast calls for corporate and enterprise business analytics and Big Data spending to rise from $122 billion to more than $187 billion over that time. The U.S. will account for...Learn More

Open-IX Pursues Lower-Reliability Edge Data Center Standards

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At a time when some data center operators are trying to one-up each other on reliability, it might seem surprising to learn that open standards organization Open-IX is moving in the opposite direction. The organization is working on edge data center standards that would be less demanding than those designed for monolithic data centers located...Learn More

FCC Consumer Complaint Data Center Launched

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A new online FCC Consumer Complaint Data Center aims to provide greater, more detailed and more timely public access to consumer complaint records along with tools to customize how records are viewed. The new platform is part and parcel of FCC efforts to enhance transparency, the commission said. The Consumer Complaint Data Center database is...Learn More

AT&T Lets Customers Put Connected Cars on Wireless Plans

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Wireless customers have become accustomed to adding tablets, hotspots and other devices to smartphone price plans. AT&T is hoping customers also will put connected cars on wireless plans, announcing new options today in that area. Also today the carrier announced a new ad campaign called “A Whole New Ride” that will support its connected car...Learn More

Verizon CFO on SDN Economics: Software Won’t Reduce Capex

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While some advocates tout the ability of software defined networking to reduce telco capital and operational expenditures, at least one major carrier expects SDN economics to have little impact on capex. Verizon capex consistently runs in the range of 17.2% to 17.7%, noted Verizon Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo today. (Traditionally...Learn More

Telco Network Transformation: Just Don’t Mess Up the Revenue Thing

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Telco network transformation is a popular topic in today’s industry circles. Conventional wisdom says all telcos are in some form of transformation mode, moving from a hardware-based TDM legacy to a software-based IP future. But there’s a lot to think about regarding this transition, with the revenue implications key among them. Telco network transformation is...Learn More

Survey: Netflix Popularity Twice That Of TV Among OTT Users

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Streaming TV shows via Netflix is more popular than traditional ¨live¨ TV watching, at least among those who have been ¨exposed¨ to streaming via the Internet according to a new national Netflix popularity survey conducted by E-Poll Market Research. Survey respondents preferred streaming TV shows via Netflix as opposed to live TV viewing 2 to...Learn More

Electric Cooperative WiFi Deployment Aims to Support Home Broadband

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Bandera Electric Cooperative, based in rural Texas, aims to rely heavily on WiFi to bring broadband to its customers. The Bandera Electric Cooperative WiFi plans include installing fiber on the company’s existing poles, to which the company also will add WiFi access points, a company spokeswoman told Telecompetitor. “Initial offerings will include last mile wireless...Learn More

New Netflix Speed Test, fast.com, Provides Simple Broadband Speed Analysis

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A new Netflix speed test offers a very simple way to test your current broadband speed connection. By visiting fast.com, users get a very simple read out of their current Internet connection. The test works for both fixed and mobile connections. “Like the cellular data controls we recently introduced, fast.com is another tool consumers can...Learn More

Survey: 20% of Video Streamers Intend to Cancel Pay TV

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A new study conducted by TDG (The Diffusion Group) for CSG Systems International reveals that 20% of video streamers intend to cancel pay TV. The results highlight OTT streaming video’s expanding incursion into pay-TV providers’ traditional market domain and the impacts of video streaming on viewers’ habits and preferences. Eight in 10 Americans who regularly...Learn More

SDN, NFV Revenue Forecast to Reach $8.7 Billion by 2020

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IHS Technology has issued a bullish SDN and NFV revenue forecast. According to the forecast, the global market for Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) among service providers will soar from $289 million in 2015 to $8.7 billion in 2020. That’s a 98% CAGR. Driving the strong SDN and NFV revenue forecast will...Learn More

Anza Electric Cooperative Broadband Plans Include FTTP, Smart Grid, Digital Literacy

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The latest rural electric cooperative broadband deployment comes from California-based Anza Electric Cooperative. The company is deploying fiber-to-the-premises and initially will offer symmetrical service at 50 Mbps but eventually expects to increase to gigabit speeds, said Anza General Manager Kevin Short in an interview with Telecompetitor. Previously the area lacked terrestrial broadband connectivity and some...Learn More