Gfk: Smart Home Self-Installation Preferred by 52% of U.S. Consumers

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People want to quite literally take their smart home technology installation in-house, according to a new survey about smart home self-installation from GfK Research. The firm found that 52% of consumers would prefer to install smart home products themselves, which is up from 43% in 2015. The firm also found that 57% want to maintain...Learn More

Widespread Comcast Voice Outage Illustrates Risks of Automation, Virtualization

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A Comcast voice outage yesterday illustrates the risks of network automation and virtualization and the move to the cloud. Reports of service outages first surfaced yesterday morning, impacting business users in multiple markets nationwide, according to online news website The Verge. The report cites a statement from Comcast issued around 3:30 p.m. ET noting that...Learn More

T-Mobile Leverages 600 MHz Spectrum, Widens Extended Range LTE Footprint

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T-Mobile announced yesterday that it has launched 600 MHz Extended Range LTE in more than 900 communities across 32 states, including 120 that are getting T-Mobile LTE coverage for the first time. T-Mobile Extended Range LTE provides signals that work better in-building and work over an extend range compared to mid-band LTE, according to the company....Learn More

Vision Net Expands Fiber Network

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Regional fiber network operator Vision Net is adding 70 miles of new fiber broadband to Billings and Helena, MT, to answer customer demand. Vision Net has a long history of providing communications services throughout Montana, and was formed and currently owned by several independent telcos serving rural Montana. The company was formed in 1995, and...Learn More

Consolidated: 50-60 Mbps is the Broadband Sweet Spot

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Consolidated Communications offers some of the highest broadband speeds of any local service provider, but Fairpoint — the company Consolidated acquired last year — had some of the lowest, noted Consolidated CFO Steve Childers yesterday in an investor presentation focused on the Consolidated Communications investment strategy. More than 90% of Consolidated’s legacy customers can get...Learn More

Frontier XGS-PON Path Revealed, Eyes 10 Gbps Broadband Capability with Nokia Platform

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Frontier will be upgrading their Fios FTTP markets with Nokia’s XGS-PON platform, paving a path towards being able to offer 10 Gbps broadband service, Nokia announced yesterday. Frontier XGS-PON technology will be used in their Fios FTTP territories including Texas, California, and Florida, which were acquired from Verizon. The 10 Gbps capability will be provided...Learn More

Windstream CEO: We Are the Leader in SD-WAN

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Windstream SD-WAN services have become increasingly strategic to the company in recent months. At an investor conference yesterday, Windstream CEO Tony Thomas went as far as saying “We are the leader in SD-WAN.” Windstream is in a different position with regard to SD-WAN than many of its competitors because the company isn’t concerned about cannibalizing...Learn More

Verizon Threat Intelligence Platform Service Leverages Company’s Global View

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Verizon’s new Threat Intelligence Platform Service combines cyber threat intelligence from the carrier’s Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) and cyber-situational awareness from the Verizon Threat Research Advisory Center. The Verizon Threat Intelligence Platform will be available globally in the fall, the company said. “We’re taking cyber intelligence to the next level by opening up our...Learn More

CenturyLink: Enterprise is Tip of the Spear, But Consumer Biz Alone is Still a Fortune 500 Company

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CenturyLink used a keynote speaking session today at the Fiber Broadband Association’s Fiber Connect show to continue delivering the message of an ongoing CenturyLink transformation to that of an enterprise-first carrier. It’s a theme that’s been quite evident since closing on their acquisition of Level 3. CenturyLink senior vice president for local network implementation Tim...Learn More

Charter Spectrum App Coming to Apple TV, Expands Charter Availability Beyond STBs

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Charter will offer its Spectrum pay-TV service as an app on Apple TV later this year. The Apple TV Charter app will provide access to the Charter lineup to nearly 50 million households, according to an Apple press release. In addition Charter will add Apple’s TV 4K offering to its lineup. AppleTV 4K offers 4K...Learn More

iOS12 New Features Include Faster Launches and Ways to (Perhaps) Use Devices Less

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Apple this week announced the newest version of its operating system, iOS 12, which includes augmented reality (AR) capabilities as well as multiple new features. Among the iOS12 new features are faster feature launches, Siri Shortcuts, and management tools to help users lessen their dependency on devices. The developer preview of iOS 12 is available...Learn More

AT&T Flying COW Drone: Funny Name, Serious Mission

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An AT&T flying COW drone demonstrated at the carrier’s Bedminster, NJ, facility and in Redmond, WA aims to help speed disaster recovery efforts. While readers may be familiar with using the COW acronym to mean “cellsite on wheels,” this COW is a “cell on wings.” The Flying COW was created by AT&T in connection with...Learn More

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