AVG: IoT Revenue Opportunities Seen by 71% of MSPs

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Two-thirds of managed services provider (MSPs) and over half (57 percent) of small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) believe the Internet of Things (IoT) will boost their revenues. Just 18 percent of SMBs thought their IT provider “was ahead of the curve regarding IoT management,” according to a new market research report from Internet/IT security systems...Learn More

Flurry: Use of Sports Apps Up 210% from 2013

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The use of sports apps is skyrocketing, posing a major challenge for cable companies, says Flurry Analytics, an analytics firm focused on apps. Sports apps saw an increase of 210% in usage between 2013 and 2014, Flurry said. That’s much stronger growth than Flurry saw for the broader app category, which increased 65% during the...Learn More

NISC: Time Has Never Been Better for Telecom and Power Utility Industries to Partner

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Broadband and IP networks have transformed the telecom industry and that same impact is now being felt with the electric power industry as well. Power utility companies are embracing the trend thanks to new technologies like the smart grid and “virtualizing power.” Many electric utilities see an opportunity in providing broadband services as well. This...Learn More
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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

USDA Broadband Loan and Grant Recipients Announced

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture said today that it has awarded $190.5 million in broadband grants and loans to 19 communications service providers for projects in 25 states. The USDA makes low-interest loans to rural telephone companies through the Telecommunications Infrastructure Loan program, which was initially established to support construction of and upgrades to voice networks,...Learn More

Mobile Gesture Control Forecast to Grow at Least 30% Annually

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In the mid-1990s, Apple kick-started what quickly grew into an industry-wide rush to develop and roll out connected mobile devices with touchscreens. The innovation has changed the look, feel and performance of portable digital media devices, smartphones, tablets, and to a lesser degree, personal computers. A new generation of user interfaces is poised to reduce...Learn More

Adobe Finds Growth in Online TV Viewing of 388% in One Year

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Online TV consumption across connected devices has rocketed 388-percent higher year-over-year in 2014 as more people watched more TV online than ever before. Video game consoles and over-the-top (OTT) devices, moreover, now account for 10 percent of overall online TV viewing, according to Adobe’s latest “Video Benchmark Report.” Analyzing trends in consumption of online TV...Learn More

PwC: Adoption of Wearables On Par with Tablets in 2012

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The market for wearable connected devices is poised for strong growth, with ongoing innovation and advances opening up opportunities for businesses to build brand-name recognition, customer affinity and loyalty, according to a new market research report from PwC US. PwC’s “The Wearable Future” report says adoption of wearable devices is “on par with tablets in...Learn More

Small Telco Gigabit Launch from Pinnacle Communications

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The latest gigabit network launch comes from Pinnacle Communications, a small telco serving Lavaca, Arkansas. The company several years ago deployed fiber-to-the-home throughout its serving area, which simplified the process of upgrading the network to support gigabit service, explained Pinnacle Communications General Manager John Zeller in an interview. Pinnacle’s upgrade required acquiring additional backbone connectivity...Learn More

Homeland Security Telecom Needs Met by Texas Telco

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The opening last year of the Boquillas Crossing between the U.S. and Mexico after a decade-long closure was made possible by fiber optic communications provided by Big Bend Telephone, the rural telco serving the Texas side of the border. The U.S. side of the crossing is now located in a ranger station in Big Bend National...Learn More

Alcatel-Lucent TWDM-PON Targets Converged Services

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A new approach to fiber-to-the-premises from Alcatel-Lucent announced today aims to boost capacity to as high as 40 Gbps and to enable the local access network to support multiple services – or even multiple service providers. The offering, dubbed TWDM-PON for “time and wavelength division multiplexed passive optical network,” uses a combination of TDM and...Learn More

Next Century Cities Aims to Share Broadband Best Practices

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The Next Century Cities initiative launched yesterday aims to further the availability of high-speed broadband nationwide by collaborating and sharing best practices.  Among the initiative’s 32 “inaugural partners” were several communities that already have scored major high-speed wins, some of whom shared their success stories at a launch event in Santa Monica, California that also...Learn More