Study: Young Adults’ Spending Via Smartphone is $51 a Month

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Men are much more likely than women (56% to 45%) to make purchases via smartphone, according to a new study from the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s (IAB) Mobile Marketing Center of Excellence and Verizon’s Precision Markets Insights. The gender difference in smartphone purchases is stronger within the “younger demographic,” with 76 percent of male smartphone users...Learn More

Comptel Rural Call Completion Reporting Protest Could Delay Implementation

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The FCC has underestimated what it will cost communications service providers to comply with rural call completion reporting requirements, says Comptel. “The FCC has failed to provide any, much less specific and objective, support for its estimate of the burden of complying with the new data collection, retention and reporting obligations,” wrote the competitive carrier...Learn More

Infonetics: Ethernet Switch Revenue On Track for New Record

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Record annual revenue is anticipated for the global market for Ethernet switches in 2014, according to the latest analysis of market data from Infonetics Research. Worldwide, overall Ethernet switch revenue rose 4 percent sequentially and 5 percent year-over-year (YoY) in 3Q 2014 to reach $5.6 billion, according to Infonetics’ latest quarterly “Ethernet Switches” report. Demand...Learn More

What’s Behind Windstream CEO Resignation?

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Windstream took the telecom and financial communities by surprise late yesterday with its announcement that CEO Jeff Gardner had resigned and been replaced by CFO Tony Thomas, who was targeted to be CEO of the real estate investment trust that Windstream plans to establish next year. Quoted in a press release, Gardner said “The Board...Learn More

Report Finds Jump in Electronic Health Record Awareness

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Digitization of medical records and histories and making them accessible via the Internet is viewed as a means of enhancing health and medical care, as well as cutting costs – if carried out judiciously and with personal privacy and data security foremost in mind. As a study from the National Partnership for Women & Families...Learn More

Study Finds 1.9 Connected TV Devices Per U.S. Home

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Americans’ ownership of connected TV devices grew 5 percent quarterly and 28 percent year-over-year (YoY) in 3Q 2014 to reach 168 million units, according to Strategy Analytics’ latest USA Connected TV Device Tracker. Researchers found nearly two (1.9) connected TV devices per U.S. home. That includes smart TVs, smart Blu-ray players, IP-enabled game consoles and...Learn More

FCC: Connect America Fund Broadband Speed Target Raised to 10 Mbps

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Price cap carriers receiving money in Phase 2 of the Connect America Fund will have to deploy broadband at speeds of at least 10 Mbps downstream  and 1 Mbps upstream to areas of their local service territories where broadband is not available today. The new requirement was one of several actions taken by the FCC...Learn More

Integrating Wi-Fi and Cellular Raises Cellular Data Consumption, Data Shows

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A majority of mobile device users around the world consume significantly greater amounts of cellular data following the introduction of an integrated Wi-Fi and cellular service, according to market research results released today by Devicescape. Data gathered from Devicescape’s ABC (Always Best Connected) Wi-Fi service platform revealed a 17 percent increase in billable monthly cellular...Learn More

NTCA Survey Finds Strong Rural Wireless Investment Plans

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Wireless is an important service for rural telecom service providers, as new research from NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association indicates. Two thirds of NTCA’s small telco members currently offer some form of wireless service – and 35% of companies that don’t offer wireless are considering it, reports the NTCA in its 2014 Wireless Survey...Learn More

Donovan Evangelizes AT&T’s SDN Strategy

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AT&T is going through a “tremendous transformation from a hardware to a software company,” said AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of Technology and Operations John Donovan at Barclay’s 2014 Global Technology Conference today, which was available as a webcast. Traditional telecom networks operate great at 45% utilization, but as AT&T becomes a software company, a...Learn More

CompTIA Finds Strong Classroom Technology Adoption

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The use of e-learning software and other high-tech educational tools are making their way into U.S. classrooms. Three-quarters of schools surveyed by IT industry association CompTIA said they plan or currently make use of e-learning software. Two-thirds of teachers said they currently or plan to use classroom management software, according to CompTIA’s “The Changing Classroom:...Learn More

Ooyala: Mobile Video Will Represent Half of All Online Video Viewing by Late 2015

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Mobile and tablet devices accounted for 30 percent of all online video views during 3Q 2014 – 114 percent higher than a year ago, according to Ooyala’s Q3 2014 Global Video Index Report. The Telstra subsidiary predicts that mobile and tablet video viewing will account for 50 percent of overall online video views by late...Learn More