Millennials and BYOD: Study Finds 70% Use Unapproved Apps

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Dubbed “Digital Natives,” U.S. adults coming of age around the turn of century – aka Millennials – are driving fundamental change in information and communications technology (ICT) throughout organizations. Millennials, according to a new study from TrackVia, “have embraced the Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and Bring-Your-Own-Application (BYOA) revolution like no other generation in the workplace.” TrackVia, a...Learn More

LTE Connections Forecast to Exceed 1 Billion in 2017

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In a new report, Juniper Research foresees rapid uptake of 4G LTE technology over the next five years. The firm’s LTE connections forecast calls for more than 1 billion worldwide connections by 2017 and 1.8 billion by 2019. Attaining that level will mean active LTE connections will represent 22 percent of all mobile SIM connections....Learn More

IHS: Set-top Box Revenues Rebound; Set Record-High Revenue Total

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The set-top box (STB) market rebounded strongly in 2013 following three years of essentially flat growth, setting a record-high total in terms of annual revenue, according to the latest market data from IHS Technology. 2013′s performance sets the foundation for ongoing growth through 2015, the market research company says. Digital set-top box revenues totaled a...Learn More

Dish/nTelos Broadband Wireless Priced at $29.99 Monthly

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As planned, Dish Network and regional wireless carrier nTelos said today that they have commercially launched their fixed wireless Internet service in five Virginia markets. The service will support download speeds up to 10 Mbps and will sell for a competitive $29.99 monthly when bundled with a qualifying package that includes Dish satellite TV service,...Learn More

CEA: Smartphone Shipments to Increase 8%; Revenues Up 7%

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Consumer electronics (CE) industry revenues will reach a record-high $211.3 billion this year, fueled “in part by the skyrocketing sales of connected devices,” according to the latest semi-annual installment of the Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA) “U.S. Consumer Electronics Sales and Forecasts 2010-2015” report. “Industry revenue is reaching all-time highs, fueled in large part by a...Learn More

Columbia U Studies Mobile Advertising Do’s and Don’ts

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Though they appear on small screens, mobile display ads – banner ads that pop up in mobile Web browsers – “can have a big effect on consumers who are in the market for certain types of products,” according to researchers at the Columbia Business School. “Digital advertising in mobile channels is experiencing explosive growth,” Miklos...Learn More

FCC Proposes Model-Based CAF for Rate-of-Return Carriers

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The FCC wants rate-of-return telecom companies to transition to model-based support as today’s voice-focused high-cost Universal Service Fund is phased out and converted to a broadband-focused Connect America Fund program. Small rural ROR companies today receive USF support based on how their actual costs compare to  nationwide averages, but critics argue that today’s system does...Learn More

Facebook Free Wi-Fi Offered to North Carolina Students

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Google isn’t the only Internet software giant to get involved in the hardware and networking side of things. Facebook today said it would partner with non-profit Internet service provider Pangaea to provide free Wi-Fi connectivity to the homes of certain students in the Town of Forest City, Rutherford County Schools, in North Carolina. Facebook Free...Learn More

Consortium Launches New Home Networking Standard, Thread

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The growing momentum of home networks and the Internet of Things (IoT) trend has led to the development of a new wireless mesh networking standard for the home, called Thread. A consortium of companies, including Samsung, Nest Labs, ARM, Silicon Labs, and Big Ass Fans, announced the new initiative today. Thread is a low power,...Learn More

ABI: LTE-A Deployments Will Drive Sales of 300 Mbps Cat6 Chips

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New market research from ABI Research anticipates that shipments of next-generation, 300 Mbps LTE baseband modems will surge higher in coming years, driven by the advent of next-generation Cat6 chips from mobile chipset suppliers. Global shipments of second-generation Cat4 LTE baseband modems, which provide mobile device users up to 150 Mbps of bandwidth, just barely...Learn More

Peering Dispute: Verizon, NetForecast Say Netflix Network is the Congested One

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Two new analyses – one from Verizon and the other from Internet consulting firm NetForecast – argue that Netflix’s reported network congestion problems are of its own making. Verizon’s Analysis of Peering Dispute Verizon’s analysis came in a blog post from the company’s vice president of federal regulatory affairs David Young. Young reported on traffic...Learn More

USF Strike Force Established to Crack Down on Fraud and Abuse

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The FCC has created what it is calling a “USF strike force” that will be “dedicated to combatting waste, fraud and abuse” in the Universal Service Fund. Neither the move nor its timing are surprising, considering that the commission is counting on freeing up USF funding through stricter enforcement and using those funds to finance...Learn More