Charter DOCSIS 3.1 Gigabit Launch Illustrates Growing Importance of Cable Broadband Upgrades

The launch of Charter DOCSIS 3.1 gigabit internet service on the Hawaiian island of Oahu today marks the company’s first residential DOCSIS 3.1 deployment supporting gigabit speeds, the company said. The service will sell for $104.99 a month for new customers. In a press release, Charter also noted that it is doubling the minimum speed...Learn More

Verizon Virtual Network Services — One Includes Universal CPE

Verizon Enterprise Solutions has introduced a platform that provides enterprises that use virtualized networks with what the carrier says is a simpler and more centralized approach to pricing and billing. The offering, dubbed Verizon Virtual Network Services — One, aims to provide these companies with better cost control and lower capex. Verizon Virtual Network Services...Learn More

AT&T LTE-M Button: Ring-Bell-for-Service Goes High Tech

An AT&T LTE-M Button, announced today, uses sophisticated technology to make things simple. You could think of it a modern-day version of the “ring for service” bells that used to sit on store or dry cleaner counters– except that the entity responding to the alert could be far beyond the next room and may not...Learn More

Agricultural IoT: Connected Dairy Cows Lead the Way for Now

The installed base of wireless IoT devices in agriculture grew to 17 million in 2016 and will reach 27.4 million by 2021, according to an agricultural IoT forecast from analyst firm Berg Insight. In its report, Berg Insight said that the most deployed wireless technologies use 802.15.4-based standards, which are very popular dairy cow monitoring...Learn More

Being the Product for Internet Giants Raises Privacy Concerns for Consumers

U.S. consumers have serious privacy concerns about the ways in which their data is used by Internet companies and social media platforms, according to a personal internet data survey from Recon Analytics. Collection of this data and behaviors amounts to consumers acting as ‘the product’ for Internet giants like Facebook and Google. The survey is...Learn More

CFO: More Uniti Group Sale Leaseback Deals for Telecom Network Assets Expected

When Uniti Group was spun out of Windstream as a telecom real estate investment trust in 2015, there was a lot of speculation about whether other telcos also would sell their fiber and copper assets to the telecom REIT and lease them back as Windstream did. For now, although Uniti Group has made some other...Learn More

Verizon 5G Launch to Hit Sacramento, Additional Markets by 2H 2018

The long discussed Verizon 5G launch is scheduled to take place in Sacramento, Calif. and 3 – 4 other markets in the second half of 2018, the company announced today. The initial launch will focus on residential broadband using fixed wireless, as a competing service to fiber and cable broadband. At an investor meeting today,...Learn More

TDG: Virtual Pay-TV Penetration Forecast to Hit 14% of an Overall Shrinking Pay-TV Marketplace

Traditional pay-TV providers are in a pitched battle with virtualized competitors such as Sling TV and DirecTV Now, or vMVPDs. Complicating matters is that virtual and traditional pay-TV providers are fighting over a shrinking pie, according to  new research about virtual pay-TV penetration from The Diffusion Group (TDG). The market share of traditional pay-TV providers...Learn More

IDC: Phablet Market Share Will Exceed 50% of All Smartphones by 2019

Smartphone shipments will grow from 1.5 billion units in 2017 to 1.7 billion units in 2021, according to International Data Corporation. Phablets — smartphones with a screen size of between 5.5 inches and 7 inches — will grow the fastest and phablet market share will exceed 50% of the smartphone market by 2019, IDC said....Learn More

Cooperatives Embrace Fiber Broadband: ILSR Finds 87 Cooperative Gigabit Deployments Nationwide

Telecom and electric cooperatives are playing an important role in bringing high-speed broadband to rural America, according to a new report from the Community Broadband Networks Initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR). Using FCC data, researchers identified 87 cooperative gigabit deployments as of December 2016. The majority of the nation’s 260 telecom cooperatives...Learn More

M2M Connections Forecast to Exceed 300 Million by 2022, But Distractions Pose Challenges

The U.S. cellular M2M market will grow beyond 300 million connections by 2022, according to a M2M connections forecast from ABI Research. In a press release announcing its latest findings, the research firm said that new competition is emerging as U.S. network operators rush to deploy the latest LTE technologies. The latest distractions facing the...Learn More

Analysts: Telcos Destined to Lose, Frontier and Windstream Bankruptcies May be in Near Future

Frontier and Windstream bankruptcies could be coming in the “not-too-distant” future, said MoffettNathanson financial analysts in a research note today. “The market anticipates that both these companies will go bankrupt in the not-too-distant future, judging by their sagging bond prices and nosebleed credit default swap prices,” said the researchers. Frontier and Windstream Bankruptcies? The revelation...Learn More

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