Exec Details Verizon Data Center Service Orchestration Cluster Technology

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Verizon plans to deploy service orchestration cluster technology in its data centers beginning this summer – a move that Verizon Labs Director Larry Rau said is aimed at “virtualizing software from the underlying hardware to absorb faults [and] scale apps up and down along with demand.” The data centers in which the technology will be...Learn More

Parks: SMB IT Spending is Just $90-$150 a Month

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An attractive business development opportunity exists for broadband services providers, along with CE products manufacturers and technology brand owners, to provide IT services to small- and medium-size businesses (1-250 employees), according to Parks Associates. U.S. SMBs spend only $90-$150 a month on IT services, including server maintenance, virus protection and back-up data storage, even though...Learn More

Comcast Opens up Live Streaming App, Delivers Live Video to TV, Mobile

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In today’s digital media lifestyle, virtually anyone with a smartphone can be a broadcaster. Comcast hopes to capitalize on this reality with Xfinity Share, a live streaming app, which lets subscribers share live video with others, directly to a TV or other mobile device. Comcast had been trialing Xfinity Share for sometime with triple play...Learn More

Vonage Continues Push into Hosted UC with iCore Acquisition

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VoIP pioneer Vonage is continuing their transition from a low cost residential VoIP provider to a unified communications platform targeting the business sector. Their latest move is the purchase of iCore Networks for $92 million. iCore specializes in serving larger business customers with a Unified Communications-as-a-Service (UCaaS) offer. “iCore is an excellent strategic fit and...Learn More

TDG: Internet Set-Top Box Penetration Reaches 21%

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Internet set-top boxes (iSTBs) are present in 1 of 5 (21 percent) U.S. broadband households, an increase of 63 percent in the last year and 13 percent percent above that early last year, according to a new analysis from TDG (The Diffusion Group) entitled, ¨The In-Home CE and Home Network Ecosystem, 2015.¨ Twenty million U.S....Learn More

Low-Income Broadband for Seniors: Comcast Internet Essentials Expanded

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“I was totally ignorant of the whole computer thing . . . and terrified of it,” says a senior citizen in a video from Comcast promoting the company’s low-income Internet Essentials program, which the company has been expanding to include low-income senior citizens. “I’m learning to loosen up a bit and lose the fear that...Learn More

Pew Teens Online Research: Making Friends Online is Commonplace

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Nearly 6 of 10 U.S. teens ages 13-17 (57 percent) have made a new friend online. Social media and online game playing were the most common digital media channels teens used to strike up new friendships, according to Pew Research Center. Three in 10 (29 percent) said they have made more than five friendships online....Learn More

Report: Windows Platform Building Strong 2-in-1 Tablet Base

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The market for detachable 2-in-1 tablets will grow at a 57 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR), a bright spot in an overall tablet market set to drop to 2 percent CAGR in the next five years, according to Strategy Analytics new ¨Tablet & Touchscreen Strategies¨ report. Detachable 2-in-1 tablets are a niche within which...Learn More

FairPoint Accepts CAF Support of $37.4 Million Annually, Rejects Two States

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Updated August 20th with information about Hawaiian Telcom Add FairPoint Communications to the list of carriers that have accepted Connect America Fund dollars in exchange for agreeing to bring broadband to portions of their local service territories where broadband isn’t available today or is available only at low speeds. And add FairPoint territories in Colorado...Learn More

Google OnHub Poised to Shake Up Wi-Fi Router Market

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Is this Google Fiber or the Nexus smartphone and tablet all over again? Google today announced OnHub – a new Wi-Fi router from networking equipment manufacturer TP-LINK that the Internet giant apparently had a hand in creating. As Google explains in a short video, the product includes a range of innovations intended to “make it...Learn More

No Herd Following for AT&T on Subsidized Cellphones: Smart Move?

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Some fresh thinking about wireless comes from Anthony Ruben of Inflection Point Consulting, who penned a research note titled “AT&T Has a Unique Opportunity to Zig While the Market Zags” for Seeking Alpha. According to Ruben, Sprint’s announcement this week that it will no longer offer two-year contracts with embedded subsidized phones will leave AT&T...Learn More

Large Telco Broadband Losses – Giving up on Broadband?

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If you read analysis from Leichtman Research Group, you may come to the conclusion that large tier one telcos, namely Verizon and AT&T, have all but given up on the residential broadband business – at least in non-FiOS and U-verse markets. According to LRG’s latest broadband analysis, both AT&T and Verizon lost 161K broadband subscribers...Learn More