TeleGeography: Phone Line Decline Driven More by VoIP Than Mobile

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Exponential growth in wireless and mobile telecommunications has created the perception that fixed-line telephony, and subscribership, is on the way out. The evidence isn’t as clear-cut as many may believe, however, according to market research from TeleGeography. Data from TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database reveals that while public-switched telephone network (PSTN) telephone lines have indeed been declining...Learn More

IHS: Gateways, Faster Wi-Fi, Will Boost Broadband CPE Revenue

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The worldwide market for broadband customer premises equipment (CPE) will grow at a faster rate in 2014 than it has since 2010, rising 20 percent year-over-year to reach nearly $11 billion, according to the latest market research from IHS Technology. Global broadband CPE market revenue will increase a “whopping $1.8 billion” this year, according to...Learn More

CBS OTT Channel, CBS All Access, Includes Live TV From Local Affiliates

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Add CBS to the growing list of traditional media companies who are now embracing OTT distribution of their content. CBS All Access is a new subscription based OTT offer that features live and on-demand programming. Included in the offer is a live feed of the local CBS affiliate, although that feature is only available in...Learn More

Report: Set-Top Box Revenues Down 3% from 2013

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Global set-top box (STB) revenues rose 4 percent sequentially in 2Q to reach $4.8 billion as unit shipments rose 7 percent from 1Q 2014 but fell 3 percent from 2Q 2013, according to new market research from Infonetics Research. “The global set-top box (STB) market is in a fascinating period of mixed signals,” Jeff Heynen,...Learn More

OTT Provider GEM Gains MVPD Status, Local TV Content for SIMUL SEZ

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Giga Entertainment Media has a unique business model. The company offers an app and platform for tablets and mobile devices that enables end users to view over-the-top video and free local TV content simultaneously on multiple devices, and supports multi-user collaboration and other capabilities. The company gained the ability to offer the local TV content...Learn More

Video Business is in Significant Transition with Important Implications

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There are no shortage of issues faced by video service providers, some of which are fundamentally changing the business model for pay-TV. Rising programming costs, changing program access rules, and a shift to broadband delivered distribution are just a few. We interviewed Rich Fickle, CEO of the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC), Matt Polka, CEO...Learn More

HBO OTT Channel to Launch in 2015

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Perhaps we’re seeing a tipping point in OTT video with news that HBO will launch a HBO OTT channel in 2015 that is not tied to a pay-TV subscription. The details are very few right now, but HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler announced the move at HBO’s parent company Time Warner’s investment meeting in...Learn More

Solarus Gigabit Network Helped Company Become a ‘Smart Rural Community’

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Wisconsin-based rural telco Solarus has the distinction of being both an NTCA Smart Rural Community and a provider of gigabit broadband service. Solarus is a customer-owned company that has provided telephone service for over 100 years but in recent years has transformed itself into a provider of broadband, digital video and other services. Solarus received...Learn More

Survey: IT Hiring Trends Up, But Budget Trends Disappoint

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Anticipated increases in 2014 IT budgets haven’t materialized, casting doubts in the minds of IT leaders as to their organizations’ ability to meet business demands, says IT staffing provider TEKsystems. On the positive side, results of a TEKsystems survey of over 200 IT executives indicates IT leaders believe they have a firm handle on the...Learn More

Samsung Develops Ultra-High-Speed 60 GHz Wi-Fi

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New 60-gigahertz (GHz) Wi-Fi technology developed by Samsung Electronics promises to boost speeds of existing consumer electronics (CE) devices five-fold. With the ability to transmit data as fast as 4.6 gigabits (Gb) or 575 megabytes (MB) per second, users will be able to transfer a 1 GB movie between devices in under three seconds. Streaming...Learn More

C Spire Shares Important Initial Gigabit Lessons Learned

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One of the more interesting examples of a Gigabit service launch is C Spire. Historically a regional wireless company in the Southeast U.S., C Spire recently began an ambitious ‘Silicon South’ Gigabit services launch in the state of Mississippi. Jared Baumann, manager of consumer fiber market development and deployment for C Spire recently participated on...Learn More

AT&T Gigabit Markets to Include Chicago and Atlanta

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AT&T said today that it will bring its GigaPower gigabit broadband offering to Chicago, Atlanta and three other Georgia markets, including Decatur, Newnan, and Sandy Spring. Back in April, AT&T said it was considering making its gigabit service available in as many as 100 cities nationwide, and it now has announced plans for some of the...Learn More