Report Finds Strong Intent to Purchase a Connected Car

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Built-in network connectivity is going to have a big influence on consumers’ vehicle purchase decisions, according to a new study from AT&T Drive Studio and Ericsson. Half of all drivers surveyed in the U.S., Germany, Brazil, Japan and China said they would switch automobile brands in order to get Connected Car services. More than two-thirds...Learn More

Innovative Systems Enters Growing Broadband TV Market with Streaming TV Platform

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Broadband TV is on the rise and a growing number of vendors are now taking notice. South Dakota based software developer Innovative Systems (IS) is the latest example, with the launch of their Streaming TV platform. Broadband TV is broadband Internet delivered TV channels that can be viewed on an IP set-top-box (STB), like a...Learn More

Wi-Fi Calling: T-Mobile Takes the Lead

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T-Mobile’s latest attack in the increasingly competitive wireless market comes on the voice over Wi-Fi front. VoWiFi is expected to be a hot area now that handsets are available that do not require special dialing or a different phone number to send calls over Wi-Fi. And T-Mobile seems to have a head start on its...Learn More

Accenture Survey Finds High Level of Big Data Satisfaction

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Organizations of all stripes are rushing to find new uses for the flood of data streaming across networks and into data centers. A survey conducted by Accenture reveals that companies are overwhelmingly satisfied with their “Big Data” experience. Moreover, according to Accenture, Big Data “is revolutionizing the way companies do business.” According to Accenture’s report,...Learn More

Buggs Island LTE Network to Use NetAmerica Bonfire Brand

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Buggs Island Telephone Cooperative said late yesterday that it has turned up 4G LTE broadband service under NetAmerica’s Bonfire brand in parts of its rural Virginia service territory. A NetAmerica spokesperson confirmed that BIT, like all other NetAmerica participants that have operational LTE networks, is delivering fixed service. NetAmerica aims to simplify the process of...Learn More

Rice University: UHF Wireless Data Can Go Fast and Far

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Researchers from Rice University’s Wireless Network Group have developed a wireless means of sending lots of data fast and far using a multi-user, multi-antenna transmission system over UHF frequency bands typically used for television broadcasts. Leveraging several different technologies that are widely used for wireless data transmission, the Rice research team employed multiple antennas to...Learn More

Frontier/Dish to Award $10 Million to “America’s Best Communities”

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A $10 million prize competition from Frontier Communications and Dish Network, announced today, aims to “stimulate growth and revitalization” in towns in Frontier’s serving area. “This contest is designed to challenge a community’s brightest and most innovative thinkers to develop meaningful strategies and plans that will transform their town or city,” said Frontier CEO Maggie...Learn More

Apple Watch Requires an iPhone; iPhone 6 Carriers Include the Big Four

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Connected multi-purpose devices have been making strides toward obsoleting single-purpose products one by one (viz. cameras, CD players, radios, books and e-readers). The latest device in high-tech firms’ sights is the wristwatch — but if the launch of the Apple watch today is any indication, one device the new product won’t obsolete any time soon...Learn More

ICT and Economic Growth: Study Finds Strong Link

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A new research report from the Hudson Institute’s Center for the Economics of the Internet reveals the contributions of the information and communications technology (ICT) sector’s to economic growth. Produced by former FCC Commissioner and Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Harold Furchtgott-Roth and Research Associate Jeffrey Li, the report analyzes data from the Department of Commerce’s...Learn More

Cyan SDN Strategy Gains Steam with New APIs

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One of the manufacturers that seems to have made considerable progress on implementing vaunted software defined networking (SDN) technology is Cyan, which announced today that it has added four SDN-based application programming interfaces (APIs) for its packet optical infrastructure. Other enhancements to Cyan’s packet optical infrastructure include support for MPLS-TP, 100G DWDM, and eight-degree 96-channel...Learn More

Global Capacity/ MegaPath Deal Should Be a Win for Both Companies

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Global Capacity’s plan to acquire MegaPath’s wholesale business, announced today, would appear to be a win for both companies. MegaPath gains cash to invest in the cloud and managed services business that will now be the company’s sole focus. And Global Capacity gains MegaPath’s extensive competitive access infrastructure, to which Global Capacity should be able...Learn More

AT&T RFD-TV Deal Aims to Appease Regulators

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AT&T today said it has reached an agreement to add rural cable channel RFD-TV to its U-verse Video lineup. The move is not a surprise, considering that as of August, about half of the letters the FCC had received about AT&T’s planned purchase of DirecTV were from viewers who were worried that the merger would...Learn More