LTE-A Deployment Survey: 84% of Service Providers Have Made the Move

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More than 8 in 10 network service providers are running advanced LTE networks based on LTE-A, according to an LTE-A deployment survey from IHS Markit. Eighty-four percent of service provider respondents said they were already running LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) networks, well above about the 50 percent that said so a year ago, noted IHS Markit in...Learn More

Three FCC Rural Broadband Experiment Awardees Rejected Over Letters of Credit

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An FCC order released last week denies petitions from three entities that were provisionally awarded funding in the FCC Rural Broadband Experiment program because the awardees were unable to obtain satisfactory letters of credit — a decision that does not bode well for other provisional awardees that have experienced difficulties obtaining letters of credit meeting...Learn More

Mobile IPv6 Milestone: More Than Half of Mobile Requests Now IPv6

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A mobile IPv6 network milestone was passed last week as Facebook and Akamai reported that more than half the requests from the four largest U.S. mobile networks were IPv6-based. Facebook’s Paul Saab marked the achievement on the company blog, pointing out that it has been just four short years since the World IPv6 Launch in...Learn More

Android Market Share Regains Stride as Consumers Await Introduction of New Smartphones

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Smartphone sales rose in emerging market regions worldwide in 2Q 2016, helping increase Android market share and lifting global sales 4.3 percent as compared to 2Q 2015, according to Gartner’s latest market data. A total of 344 million smartphones were shipped worldwide in 2Q. 2Q smartphone sales declined year over year in all mature markets...Learn More

AT&T SDN/NFV Initiatives include Joining Intel’s ‘Super 7+1’

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Network traffic continues to soar as broadband connectivity expands and end users make greater use of a wider variety of connected devices and data-hungry software applications. Growing adoption of augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), 4K video and Internet of Things only adds to the trend. All that poses challenges for enterprise-scale businesses, broadband carriers and...Learn More

Verizon One Talk Targets Mobile Workers with Integrated Business Phone Solution

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Verizon launched One Talk, a ‘mobile first’ solution that gives mobile workers an integrated business phone solution for their mobile devices. The solution allows small and medium businesses to seamlessly move business calls between a business desktop phone and a mobile device, or go mobile only. The service allows mobile workers to put their business...Learn More

Regional Carrier Arvig Acquires AGL for Reach into Education Market

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Minnesota based regional carrier Arvig is expanding its reach into the education vertical throughout Minnesota by acquiring AGL Consulting. AGL serves the education industry with a variety of networking services and operates a 229 route mile fiber network in and around the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Arvig operates a 2,600 route mile network throughout...Learn More

Comcast Gigabit Network Now Includes Chicago Area

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The Comcast gigabit network has expanded to Chicago, with an announced trial to begin today according to the company. The service utilizes DOCSIS 3.1 technology, allowing Comcast to use their existing HFC network to deliver the ultra-broadband service. “We’re delivering gigabit speeds over the network that already passes millions of homes in the Chicago area,”...Learn More

TDG: Use of New Social-Mobile Video Poised for Massive Growth

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The confluence of smartphone penetration and social media is fueling Social-Mobile video (SoMo) consumption, a new market segment that market researcher firm The Diffusion Group (TDG) expects will grow rapidly in coming years. Consumers now spend an average of more than 50 hours per week viewing content on screens – TV, PC, tablet or mobile...Learn More

LRG Data: Telco Broadband Losses Accelerate, More Than Double

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According to research from Leichtman Research Group (LRG), major telco broadband losses are accelerating, more than doubling from a year ago. Collectively, major tier 1 and 2 telcos lost 360K broadband subscribers in 2Q16, compared with 150K in 2Q15. Compare that with major cable broadband net adds of 553K in 2Q16, most of which came...Learn More

IDC: Augmented and Virtual Reality Market Growth Set to Explode

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IDC sees augmented and virtual reality market growth (AR/VR) expanding enormously out to 2020. According to the IDC Worldwide Semiannual Augmented and Virtual Reality Spending Guide, global AR/VR revenues will grow at a 181.3 percent CAGR from 2015-2020 as revenues increase from $5.2 billion this year to more than $162 billion in 2020. AR/VR devices,...Learn More

LRG: Pay-TV Subscriber Losses Added Up to a Net 665,000 in 2Q16

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U.S. pay-TV subscriber losses continued to add up in 2Q 2016, some 120,000 more than they did in 2015’s second quarter, according to the latest market data from Leichtman Research Group (LRG). Accounting for some 95 percent of the market, the 11 largest U.S. pay-TV providers lost a net of around 665,000 subscribers in 2Q....Learn More