Report: Voice Assistant Penetration Jumps to 12% of U.S. Broadband Households

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U.S. households have been taking to digital voice assistants faster than they typically adopt new consumer electronics, according to new market research from Parks Associates. Voice assistant penetration rose from 5% of U.S. broadband households in 4Q 2015 to 12% in 4Q 2016, researchers said....Learn More

Report Sees Strong Interest in Smartphone Artificial Intelligence

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Use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the mobile networking and device industry is on the rise. Growing use of smartphone artificial intelligence is driving improvements, which will add momentum to growth, according to a new IHS Markit white paper. Smartphones are providing the AI interface...Learn More

Private LTE Could Be Coming Soon, Thanks to Google CBRS Band Efforts

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Considerable progress is being made in preparation for using Citizens Band Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum on a shared basis to support commercial and private wireless networks, according to separate announcements late last week from Google and Federated Wireless. According to a company blog post, Google...Learn More

Google Fiber Now Pushing Gigabit Fixed Wireless

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When Google fiber acquired wireless ISP Webpass, they gained gigabit fixed wireless capability in six markets across the country. Shortly after this transaction, Google fiber began pausing their ambitious FTTP overbuild plans in multiple previously announced Google fiber markets, and conventional wisdom suggests they are...Learn More

CTA: U.S. Consumer Technology Revenue Forecast to Hit $292 Billion for 2017

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The market for high-tech consumer products will reach new heights this year, driven by accelerating adoption of connected IoT devices in homes, businesses and vehicles, as well as other emerging tech, such as digital assistants, augmented/virtual reality (AR/VR) devices, 4K UHD TVs, drones and wearables,...Learn More

Report: Drone Delivery Interest Among Consumers is Low

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Drone delivery interest isn’t exactly high among consumers for now, despite the attraction of receiving purchases faster and at lower cost, according to a drone delivery survey from Report Linker. Less than half of Americans surveyed (47%) said they were interested in same-day delivery by...Learn More

2016: A Big Year for Telecom M&A

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The past year was a big one for telecom M&A. Telecompetitor covered more than two dozen mergers and acquisitions in 2016 and they involved numerous facets of the industry. Here’s a summary of key trends and how they are reshaping the communications service provider playing...Learn More

Report: Percentage of Smart TVs Actually Connected to the Internet on the Rise

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The percentage of smart TVs actually connected to the Internet is on the rise,  according to new market research from NPD Connected Intelligence. Eighty percent of installed smart TVs and streaming media players will be connected by year-end 2019 as compared to 70 percent in 2015....Learn More

Digital Media Player Survey: 58% Watch Regular TV As Well

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A shift in factors motivating viewers to buy digital media players is under way, according to a new digital media player survey from GfK. Rather than considering them as the means to ¨cut the cord¨ on traditional cable, DBS and telco pay-TV services, viewers are...Learn More

Global OTT Content Revenues to Reach $53.2 Billion by Year-End

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Global OTT content revenues will increase from $47.7 billion in 2015 to $53.2 billion by year-end 2016, according to a new market research report from Future Market Insights. The roster of market leaders is chock full of big, high-tech brand names, including Akamai, Amazon, Apple,...Learn More

Report: U.S. Connected TV Penetration to Reach 60% by Year-End, 202 Million Users in 2020

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The connected TV market will surge higher out to 2020, when U.S. connected TV penetration will represent 71.2 percent of U.S. Internet users and 60.4 percent of the national population in 2016, according to new market research from eMarketer. e-Marketer pegs this year’s growth rate...Learn More

CTA Foresees Record Breaking Black Friday Consumer Tech Sales

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Researchers at the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) foresee a record-breaking Black Friday consumer tech sales. The number of Americans saying they intend to buy tech products from the Monday before Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday (Nov. 21-28) jumped 10 percentage points from last year’s level, according...Learn More