Worker Attitudes Toward Mobile: Survey Finds Guilty Feelings

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A sign of the times in our increasingly “always connected” work and lifestyles, nearly six in ten (58 percent) of “Generation Mobile” workers feel guilty about mixing their work and personal lives, according to a global study from MobileIron released April 21. Made up of men ages 18-34 or those with children under 18, members...Learn More

Verizon Takes on ESPN, Old School Programming Rules with New FiOS TV Programming

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Verizon is taking somewhat of a bold step with their FiOS TV channel-line up, FiOS Custom TV. They are giving customers more choice in selecting programming, by offering a “skinny” bundle and add-on programming packages. It looks somewhat similar to the approach being taken by Sling TV with their new streaming OTT service. But ESPN...Learn More

UETN/ CenturyLink Deal: Big Education Win Yields Gigabit Spillover Benefits

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CenturyLink yesterday announced a big win, gaining the contract to provide Carrier Ethernet service at speeds up to 100 Gbps to 832 schools and educational locations connected to the Utah Education and Telehealth Network (UETN). But it was actually an even bigger win than those numbers suggest. With plans to deploy fiber to support the...Learn More

Residential Gigabit Drives Wi-Fi Advances in Home Network Hubs

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An announcement today from Alcatel-Lucent reminds us of a new problem that has arisen as more and more customers use residential broadband at speeds up to a gigabit per second: The customer’s Wi-Fi connection can become a new network bottleneck. According to Alcatel-Lucent, the problem gets worse as consumers increase the number of devices such...Learn More

FCC Frees Up Shared-Use Spectrum, Will Explore LAA

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The FCC today adopted a report and order that will free up spectrum in the 3550-3700 MHz band that could be used by wireless network operators for mobile broadband service on a shared basis with incumbent military users. Spectrum also will be available for unlicensed use where it is not used by higher-priority users. FCC...Learn More

Sandvine: HBO NOW Network Impact is Minimal

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Last week’s launch of HBO NOW, a streaming Internet video service that stands apart from HBO’s traditional subscription-based pay-TV cable service, marks a new approach via which traditional cable providers and TV broadcasters are looking to meet the competitive challenge from over-the-top (OTT) online video service providers such as Netflix. HBO NOW provides instant access...Learn More

Accenture Media Consumption Survey: TV Screens See Sharp Decline

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People around the world are increasingly turning to a variety of consumer electronic (CE) devices – smartphones, tablets and gaming consoles, as well as portable and desktop PCs – to satisfy their need for entertainment. The emergence of the variety of CE devices and digital network technology that enables “anytime, anywhere” viewing and media consumption...Learn More

MagicJack magicApp Premium: Stand-Alone Mobile OTT Voice and Text

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MagicJack VocalTec has launched a mobile over-the-top voice and text offering that lets iOS devices place calls using cellular data or Wi-Fi for $1.99 monthly or $14.99 for a year. To use the offering customers download the company’s magicApp Premium app. The offering includes a phone number and unlimited local and long distance calling to...Learn More

Municipal Broadband: Signs of Desperation?

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There is a spirited debate within the broadband industry regarding the growing number of municipal governments and/or utilities getting into the broadband access business. There are passionate arguments with legitimate concerns on both sides of this debate. To get a better understanding of this issue, I attended this week’s 2015 Broadband Communities Summit in Austin,...Learn More

Netflix Subscriber Growth Results in 10 Billion Hours of Streaming Video in 1Q 2015

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The Netflix train does not appear to be slowing down. In fact it may be accelerating. Their recent 1Q 2015 earnings report highlights over 60 million subscribers, with 40 million in the U.S. alone. All of those subscribers streamed 10 billion hours of video in 1Q 2015 alone. That’s a lot of bandwidth, and “…more...Learn More

Wisconsin Interactive Broadband Map Targets Economic Development

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The Wisconsin State Telecommunications Association and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation have created an interactive map plotting business parks in the state where gigabit broadband connectivity is available, illustrating the importance that high-speed broadband service has become to business site selection. At its launch, the map plots 130 business parks located in territories served by telcos...Learn More

Behind the $16.5 Billion Nokia/ Alcatel-Lucent Merger Plan

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Word that Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent were close to a merger agreement has proven true. The two companies today announced “their intention to combine to create an innovation leader in next generation technology and services for an IP connected world.” The combined company will be called Nokia Corporation, with headquarters in Finland and a strong presence...Learn More