IDC: $2.5 Billion in Cloud-Managed Wi-Fi by 2018

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Cloud-managed Wi-Fi will fuel worldwide growth in the wireless local area network (WLAN) market, according to a new IDC report. Revenues from worldwide cloud-managed infrastructure and managed services will reach $653 million in 2014 and $2.5 billion by 2018, IDC says. Increased adoption in the mid-market and distributed enterprise markets is fueling growth in cloud-managed...Learn More

AT&T Gigabit Broadband Likely Coming to North Carolina

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AT&T took the unusual step late last night of announcing that it is “in advanced discussions” to bring a gigabit network to parts of the Triangle and Piedmont Triad regions of North Carolina. Normally companies like AT&T wait until a deal is iron-clad before announcing it. The unusual announcement illustrates just how competitive the gigabit...Learn More

NTCA Report Quantifies Broadband Benefits, Adoption Challenges

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Three in 10 U.S. adults do not use the Internet at home – and getting them online will be considerably more challenging than connecting the first seven, notes a paper released this week from NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association. But the effort would be worthwhile, argues author and NTCA economist Rick Schadelbauer in the...Learn More

Wi-Fi Alliance Adds Near-Field Communications for Quick Set-Up

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Wireless network connectivity provides functionality that’s essential for the “Internet of Things” to live up to the hype that’s revolving around it. So it’s no surprise that Bluetooth and the Wi-Fi Alliance are aiming to capitalize on the trend, in part by rolling out new features and initiatives. The Wi-Fi Alliance on April 9 announced...Learn More

Survey: Broadband Seniors See Internet as Hard to Give Up

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More than half of senior citizens who use broadband (56%) would find it “very hard” to give up the Internet, according to new research from Older Americans Technology Services (OATS) and New York Law School. Perhaps surprisingly the Internet was the only communications means or device cited as “very hard” to give up by more...Learn More

Sprint WiMax Shutdown is One Element of Complex Network Transition

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Sprint’s plan to shut down its WiMax network by the end of 2015 which came to light in a new financial filing, is a reminder of the complex network transition the company is undergoing and will continue to undergo. The carrier has what many consider the strongest spectrum portfolio of the nation’s four major carriers...Learn More

IHS: Rocketing Bluetooth Penetration Key to “Internet of My Things”

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Bluetooth penetration is on the rise, with 90 percent of all mobile phones Bluetooth-enabled, says research firm IHS.  That will rise to 96 percent by 2018, according to the latest forecast and excerpts from the IHS Technology Connectivity in Consumer, Mobile and IT Market Tracker released at Bluetooth World 2014. “Mobile phones serve as the...Learn More

Rentrak: 4.4 Billion Hours Spent Watching VOD in 2013

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The amount of time viewers spent watching free video-on-demand (VOD) broadcast primetime television content rose 24 percent year-over-year in 2013. Overall, viewers spent a total of 4.4 billion hours watching VOD content last year, according to the latest “Rentrak State of VOD: Trend Report 2013.” An average 43.3 million televisions worldwide accessed VOD content with...Learn More

Cincinnati Bell/ Verizon Deal Involves AWS, PCS, 700 MHz Spectrum

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A spectrum sale agreement announced yesterday between Verizon Wireless and Cincinnati Bell is unusual in that Verizon will not retain the spectrum but instead will assign its rights to acquire the licenses to private equity firm Grain Management and then lease the spectrum it wants to use from that firm. Grain Management specializes in media...Learn More

ANPI, Indatel Partner on Unified Communications for Rural Operators

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An agreement announced today between ANPI and Indatel aims to “coordinate each organization’s infrastructure” with the goal of benefiting rural areas, the companies said in a press release. Indatel is an alliance of regional and statewide fiber network operators that have interconnected their networks, reaching many rural markets nationwide. ANPI offers a hosted unified communications...Learn More

AT&T HBO Bundle Targets Potential Cord Cutters for $40 per Month

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There is an ongoing debate about the true impact of video cord cutting. One side of the argument says consumers are actively cutting the cord to save money or because they consume video differently than the traditional ‘smorgasbord’ channel line-up model. The counter argument points to the data and says cord cutting is simply not...Learn More

NCTC in Talks for WebTuner IP Platform for OTT and Cable Content

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The National Cable Television Cooperative said yesterday that it is in discussions with a new player in the market about a video delivery platform designed to handle Internet video content as well as live and on-demand TV. The platform comes from WebTuner and includes a device that takes the place of a set-top box, plugging...Learn More