Smart TV Preferences: User Experience is Key, Voice Control is Lacking

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User experience is the driving factor behind smart TV and streaming media preferences, according to a smart TV preferences survey from Parks Associates. Nearly half (45 percent) of all broadband households in the U.S. already have a smart TV, according to the research firm. Smart TV Preferences The report also says that as smart TVs...Learn More

Wearables Study: Wearables Suffer from Smartphone Dependency

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Lack of network connectivity has been one of the stumbling blocks to wearable devices realizing their full potential, according to a wearables study from research firm Strategy Analytics. “While wearables like smartwatches are very much reliant on a paired smartphone for their functionality, smartphones and tablets operate fine on their own—the benefits of ubiquitous computing...Learn More

CFO: Verizon 5G Plans Will Target 30M Homes Outside of Fios Markets with Fixed Gigabit Wireless

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Verizon 5G plans include a fixed gigabit wireless target market of 30 million homes, said Matt Ellis, Verizon chief financial officer, today. The estimate is based on what Verizon has learned about 5G propagation at millimeter wave frequencies in trials conducted in several markets this year. The 30 million homes are outside markets where Verizon...Learn More

CEO: Key Broadband Metrics Encourage Possible Expansion of TDS Fiber Deployment Plans

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TDS fiber deployment plans may expand to areas of its local service territory where such deployments traditionally have been considered uneconomical, said Leroy T. Carlson Jr., TDS chief executive, at an investor conference yesterday. TDS also will consider fiber deployments in areas where other network operators are the incumbent, he said. Carlson also shared key...Learn More

Total Directv Now Subscribers Hits 1 Million, AT&T Announces OTT Enhancements

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Total Directv Now subscribers have reached the 1 million mark, AT&T announced today. AT&T’s streaming OTT service provides a live channel line-up and video-on-demand, competing with a growing number of OTT alternatives to traditional pay-tv services. Directv Now is about a year old. There was an initial push that garnered 250K subscribers by year end...Learn More

IDC: Mobile Will Represent More than Half of Total $1.7 Trillion Pay-TV & Telecom Global Spend

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Spending worldwide on pay-TV and telecommunications services is expected to rise to almost $1.7 trillion this year, an increase of 1.7% compared to last year, according to a pay-TV and telecom global spend forecast from IDC. The growth is not over: The firm says that spending will grow 2% next year compared to this year...Learn More

Maine WISP Redzone Announces Gigabit Fixed Wireless, Promises Disruptive Pricing

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Gigabit fixed wireless will be coming to Portland, Maine beginning in the first quarter of 2018. Wireless internet service provider (WISP) Redzone Wireless said today that it will achieve gigabit speeds by combining three spectrum bands – licensed 2.5 GHz spectrum and unlicensed spectrum in the 5GHz and 60 GHz millimeter wave bands. In a...Learn More

Amazon Wants to Bring Alexa to the Boardroom

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Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) unveiled Alexa for Business last week, a new AWS service that provides business customers with an intelligent assistant. In the press release announcing the service, AWS said that Alexa for Business can help automate tasks including starting conference calls, controlling conference room equipment, scheduling meetings, keeping track of tasks and reordering supplies....Learn More

Charter DOCSIS 3.1 Gigabit Launch Illustrates Growing Importance of Cable Broadband Upgrades

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The launch of Charter DOCSIS 3.1 gigabit internet service on the Hawaiian island of Oahu today marks the company’s first residential DOCSIS 3.1 deployment supporting gigabit speeds, the company said. The service will sell for $104.99 a month for new customers. In a press release, Charter also noted that it is doubling the minimum speed...Learn More

Verizon Virtual Network Services — One Includes Universal CPE

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Verizon Enterprise Solutions has introduced a platform that provides enterprises that use virtualized networks with what the carrier says is a simpler and more centralized approach to pricing and billing. The offering, dubbed Verizon Virtual Network Services — One, aims to provide these companies with better cost control and lower capex. Verizon Virtual Network Services...Learn More

AT&T LTE-M Button: Ring-Bell-for-Service Goes High Tech

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An AT&T LTE-M Button, announced today, uses sophisticated technology to make things simple. You could think of it a modern-day version of the “ring for service” bells that used to sit on store or dry cleaner counters– except that the entity responding to the alert could be far beyond the next room and may not...Learn More

Agricultural IoT: Connected Dairy Cows Lead the Way for Now

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The installed base of wireless IoT devices in agriculture grew to 17 million in 2016 and will reach 27.4 million by 2021, according to an agricultural IoT forecast from analyst firm Berg Insight. In its report, Berg Insight said that the most deployed wireless technologies use 802.15.4-based standards, which are very popular dairy cow monitoring...Learn More

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