IHS: Conditional Access STB Market to Peak in 2015

Revenue in the global market for conditional-access set-top boxes (STBs) has surged along with strong growth in pay-TV over the past ten years. That’s going to change in coming years, as pay-TV market growth slows and reaches saturation, according to new market research from IHS Technology. Conditional-access (CA) STBs, also referred to as content protection,...Learn More

Report: African-American Cord-Cutting Could See Big Rise

When it comes to home TV, Internet and phone services, African-Americans are some of the biggest spenders in the U.S. And while African-American households are the most likely to subscribe to digital add-ons like DVR, HD and premium channels, they’re also more likely than their Caucasian counterparts to consider cutting the cord on these services,...Learn More

Feds: Low-Volume Buyers Don’t Have to File Special Access Pricing Data

Communications service providers that purchased less than five million dollars in dedicated services in price cap territories in 2013 are not required to file special access pricing data with the FCC, said the federal Office of Management and Budget on Friday. This is a departure from the FCC’s original plan, which did not exempt lower-volume...Learn More

RootMetrics: Verizon Tops in Mobile Network Performance

In real-world, mid-year testing of the speed and reliability of mobile networks across the nation, RootMetrics found that Verizon Wireless dominated in nearly all aspects, with AT&T following close behind. Sprint and T-Mobile generally remained a step behind, though RootMetrics sees the latter as a rising contender in metro areas. Furthermore, according to RootMetrics, both...Learn More

Cincinnati Bell Gigabit Service Launching Soon

Cincinnati Bell has joined the roster of network operators who have announced plans to offer broadband at speeds up to 1 Gbps. Service will be available beginning September 8, the company said yesterday. The company did not disclose pricing or how many customers would be able to get the service. Cincinnati Bell has been gradually...Learn More

Sprint Wireless Pricing War: Are The Price Cuts Deep Enough?

Sprint has taken the wireless pricing war up a notch, announcing new Sprint Family Share Pack pricing that offers 20 gigabytes of shared data, unlimited talk and text for up to 10 lines for $100 a month through 2015. Customers also will get an additional 2GB per line for up to 10 lines. Additionally Sprint...Learn More

Cable Operator Revenues Approach Historic Shift

Leichtman Research Group (LRG) says the largest U.S. cable TV operators now have more high speed access customers than they do video customers, according to  Bruce Leichtman, LRG president and principal analyst. And, sometime in 2015, it is possible AT&T will have more fixed network video subscribers than high speed access or voice customers, if...Learn More

Canby Telcom Gigabit Plans Include Change of FTTH Vendors

Canby Telcom is one of the latest examples of a small rural network operator that has made the decision to offer service at speeds up to a gigabit per second. The network will serve the operator’s home market of Canby, Oregon. Rural network operators tend to be very focused on the needs of their community,...Learn More

RUS Broadband Loan Awards Made to Three Rural Telcos

The Rural Utilities Service has awarded nearly $40 million in broadband loans to support new or improved broadband service. The program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture,  provides low-interest loans to bring broadband to rural areas where deployment costs are higher than in urban areas. Funding went to three rural telephone companies for deployments...Learn More

LRG: Cable Broadband Subscribers Exceed Video Subscribers

Representing about 93 percent of the market, the seven largest U.S. cable companies and telcos added nearly 385,000 new high-speed Internet subscribers on a net basis in 2Q 2014. High-speed Internet subscriber rolls among the seven now total more than 85.9 million, according to the latest market data from Leichtman Research Group (LRG). As of...Learn More

ABI: 4K Mobile Device Sales to Reach 478M Units by 2019

A new generation of 4K/Ultra HD smartphones is expected to hit the market in 2015, competing with the 2K, “Quad HD” smartphones that currently comprise the premium end of the market. The higher resolution offered by 4K/Ultra HD mobile devices is “more about marketing and differentiation than user experience given current content availability,” according to...Learn More

FCC Pursues More Unlicensed Wi-Fi Spectrum But Open Issues Remain

With unlicensed Wi-Fi spectrum becoming increasingly crowded, equipment manufacturers and service providers are pushing to make more spectrum available on an unlicensed basis  – and while substantial progress has been made on that front, more work remains, as a couple of investor conference calls recently conducted by Bernstein Research illustrate. On one of the calls...Learn More