Embracing and Retraining for Innovation: AT&T Strategy Aims to Disrupt Itself Part II

An evolving AT&T strategy has set out on a journey to maximize its business opportunities in IoT, network virtualization, entertainment/OTT, and network security, among others. Many of these opportunities are disruptive technologies, and AT&T says to take advantage of them, they must disrupt themselves. That was a theme outlined at the recent AT&T Industry Analyst...Learn More

WiFi Security Survey Finds Familiarity with Ransomware Lower Than for Other Threats

The majority of WiFi users (89%) use public WiFi, even though many of them (91%) don’t feel that public WiFi is secure, according to a WiFi security survey conducted by WiFi vendor Xirrus. The survey also found a relatively low level of familiarity with ransomware, which according to Morgan Wright, a senior fellow at The...Learn More

G.fast Forecast Calls for Nearly 30 Million Connections Worldwide by 2021

A new G.fast forecast calls for the technology to reach nearly 30 million homes and businesses around the world by 2021. The forecast comes from Ovum, which conducted the research for Australia’s nbn (National Broadband Network) and U.K.-based BT. G.fast aims to bridge the gap between fiber to the node (FTTN) and fiber to the...Learn More

Amazon, Netflix Programming Budget is More than CBS, HBO, and Turner

An examination of the annual Netflix programming budget reveals it spent more on developing TV content in 2015 than CBS, HBO and Turner, as well as most nations, including Australia and South Korea, IHS Technology highlights in new market research. The same can be said for Amazon. The market data provides a clear indication of...Learn More

Report: Google WiFi Seizes on In-Home Screen Momentum

Google WiFi numbered among a new slate of recently announced hardware solutions. A modular home wireless broadband networking solution, it’s designed to provide scalable, integrated WiFi in the home of the highest possible quality, market research specialist TDG (The Diffusion Group) explains, adding that this is ¨the right approach at the right time.¨ “Whole-home networks...Learn More

CTA: Record 170 Million Have High-Tech Holiday Gift Purchase Plans

Consumer electronics (CE) have consistently numbered among the most popular holiday gifts, and that’s expected to be the case this holiday shopping season as well. A record high number of U.S. consumers – 68%, or about 170 million people – intend to buy technology gifts this year, according to Consumer Technology Association (CTA) research about...Learn More

Study Finds Disparity in Available Internet Speeds and Income

Non-cable Internet providers favor higher-income areas in targeting high-speed deployments, according to a new study of Internet speeds and income from the Center for Public Integrity. “That leaves tens of millions of Americans with the choice of either purchasing an expensive connection from the only provider in their area, typically a cable company, or just...Learn More

FCC Confirms Soaring Costs for Video Programming, Retransmission Fees

The average price for basic cable TV service increased 2.3% to $23.79 for the 12-month period ending January 1, 2015, driven in large part by soaring costs for video programming, according to a new FCC pay TV price survey. Expanded basic cable service rates increased by 2.7% between 2013 and 2014 to $69.03. Those are...Learn More
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10G PON: More Bandwidth for Sure, But There is More, Much More

After learning more about next generation PON standards, the benefits of each are clear. XGS-PON, with its fixed wavelengths, provides simplicity. It is essentially GPON on steroids, providing common capabilities at higher bandwidths. However, the additional wavelengths of NG-PON2 bring service providers some very unique operational capabilities such as: Ability to migrate ONTs from one...Learn More

ABI: Mobile Carrier Big Data Spending Helps Transformation to Digital Service Provider

Mobile carrier Big Data spending will exceed $50 billion through 2021, according to new reports from ABI Research titled ¨Big Data & Machine Learning¨ and ¨Telco Big Data, Analytics and Machine Learning.” The forecast includes machine learning analytics. Enhancing fraud mitigation and revenue assurance number among the benefits anticipated, ABI highlights. Legacy fraud mitigation systems...Learn More

Multiple OTT Subscription Households are Growing, Giving Rise to Self Bundling

One streaming video OTT service isn’t enough, at least not for the 16% of the U.S. “viewing population,” who now live in multiple OTT subscription households. That’s up from 10 percent three years ago, according to a new market research report from GfK. The viewing population is defined as “all those who watch any video...Learn More

Windstream Adopts SDN Wavelength Management

Windstream is using software defined networking (SDN) to automate delivery of managed wavelength services across its multi-vendor optical network. The SDN wavelength management capability is made possible by equipment from Ciena supporting Blue Planet orchestration software. According to a press release, the SDN attributes of Ciena’s platform accelerate delivery of managed 1 GbE (Gigabit Ethernet),...Learn More