Report: VoLTE Subscribers to Total 310 Million Come Year-End

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The number of VoLTE subscribers is on the rise as carriers launch commercial VoLTE networks and services. A total 23 VoLTE networks were launched worldwide in 1H 2016 – more than in all of 2015 – bringing the estimated cumulative total to 63, according to IHS Technology and the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA). The...Learn More

Cloud Spending by Manufacturers Expected to Increase

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Cloud spending by manufacturers is expected to increase dramatically by 2017, according to a manufacturer survey conducted at the Manufacturing ISV Cloud Summit earlier this year. Spending will see particularly strong growth within manufacturing, engineering and operations units according to the survey. The research was sponsored by cloud software providers ICIX, Propel, Rootstock, Salesforce and...Learn More

Skinny Bundles, OTT Upset the Programming Landscape for Pay-TV

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Video operators are seeing dynamic change in the pay-TV marketplace as consumers embrace skinny bundles, OTT, and other emerging video products. That was one conclusion from Telecompetitor’s recent broadbandTV event. Madeleine Forrer, Vice President of Video Services for NRTC and Stewart Myers, VP of Programming for NCTC led a discussion on skinny bundles which quickly...Learn More

GCI Broadband Wireless Brings Social Benefits to Remote Areas of Alaska

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Residents have seen higher high school graduation rates and improved healthcare since GCI broadband wireless came to remote areas of western Alaska, said GCI Executive Vice President Greg Chapados yesterday. Chapados made his comments at an event in Anchorage, where plans were announced to deploy broadband wireless in 10 more communities in 2016. That will...Learn More

Investors React Positively to $230 Million CSAL Tower Cloud Purchase

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The $230 million CSAL Tower Cloud purchase announced yesterday should enhance CSAL’s focus on dark fiber and on providing backhaul for cellular, and in particular, small cell networks. And the investment community seems to approve, judging by the value of CSAL’s stock since the announcement. Communications Sales & Leasing (CSAL) was spun off from Windstream...Learn More

US Ignite Launches Smart Gigabit Communities Initiative

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Fifteen communities have joined together as part of a US Ignite Smart Gigabit Communities initiative. The goal is to create a national network of Smart Gigabit Communities that will leverage next-generation Internet and Smart City technologies to keep pace with rapidly changing technology and economic conditions. US Ignite is providing the 15 participating communities with...Learn More

Wheeler Wants 200-MHz or Wider Blocks for 5G Spectrum Frontiers Proceeding

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The FCC will vote in mid-July on a 5G Spectrum Frontiers proceeding aimed at opening up huge amounts of spectrum for fifth-generation wireless services, said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler today. “If the Commission approves my proposal next month, the United Sates will be the first country in the world to open up high-band spectrum for...Learn More

Frontier: Excited at the Prospects of DSL and IPTV

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Frontier just completed a $10.5 billion transaction for Verizon wireline assets which included significant FiOS FTTP assets, but Frontier is equally excited about the future of DSL and IPTV, says Frontier EVP and General Counsel Mark Nielsen. Frontier is a true believer in the long term prospects of wireline based broadband and video. “That’s our...Learn More

Report Finds Roku with Biggest OTT Video Set Top Box Market Share

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Set-top boxes from the likes of Apple, Google and Roku are the fourth-most popular means of streaming OTT video in homes, according to OTT video set top box market share research from comScore. The OTT STBs ranked behind the ¨Big 3¨ – desktops, smartphones and tablets – and in front of Smart TVs, gaming consoles...Learn More

Carriers Seek Reversal of Business Data Services Regulation, Citing Flawed Analysis

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Six of the nation’s largest telecom service providers are seeking big changes to the current plans for FCC business data services regulation. At issue is the huge volume of data on which the FCC based its plans and which the carriers says is “irretrievably flawed.” Carriers making the filing  with the FCC last week include AT&T,...Learn More

Telecom, Utility Partnership Pursues Arkansas Gigabit

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A rural telecom service provider and a neighboring rural electric power cooperative are coming together to bring gigabit broadband to parts of rural Arkansas. The rural telco is South Arkansas Telephone (SATCO) and the power company is Ouachita Electric Cooperative (OECC). The telecom, utility partnership has formed a new company called Arkansas Rural Internet Service...Learn More

TV Everywhere Trends Report: 100% Growth in One Year

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TV Everywhere (TVE) viewing doubled in the past year, according to a TV Everywhere trends report from Adobe Digital Index (ADI). Authenticated TVE viewing increased 58 percent quarter-to-quarter in 1Q´16, according to ADI. Sports and television premieres were the primary growth drivers, Adobe highlights in a news release. Adobe also found that 7 in 10...Learn More