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Report: IT Buying Decisions for Network Solutions Include Reliability, Quality, & Bundled Offers

Cost isn’t the main factor when IT decision makers are evaluating network service providers, according to a new IT WAN provider survey from CenturyLink. Instead, IT buying decisions are focused on reliability, security and quality of service, adds the report, which was compiled from survey...Learn More

Survey: Retransmission Negotiations are More Akin to Bullying Than Negotiation

Broadcasters use retransmission negotiations to demand huge rate hikes and force unwanted channels into program lineups, according to a retransmission negotiations survey conducted by the American Cable Association. Additionally, cable companies are concerned that their customers often blame them for the rate hikes and unpopular...Learn More

IIA: Sharing Economy Earnings Average $3588 Annually on $1200 Annual Broadband Investment

Broadband has enabled a wide range of new earnings opportunities for individuals working on a contract or freelance basis for organizations such as Lyft, Uber and Airbnb – opportunities sometimes referred to as the “sharing economy.” According to new research from the Internet Innovation Alliance,...Learn More

5G Americas: Amidst 5G Prep, Global LTE Connections Hit 2.5 Billion, 100%+ North American Penetration in 2018

Global LTE connections reached 2.5 billion by the end of the third quarter, according to research conducted by Ovum and cited by industry trade association 5G Americas in a press release.The new plateau represented an increase of 838 million new LTE subscriptions in the last...Learn More

IDC: Worldwide IoT Spending to Hit $772.5 Billion in 2018

Worldwide IoT spending will increase from $674 billion this year to $772.5 billion in 2018, a 14.6% increase, according to IDC. The sector will maintain a 14.4% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) through 2021, according to IDC’s Worldwide Semiannual Internet of Things Spending Guide. Worldwide IoT...Learn More

Report: Virtual Pay-TV Providers are Pursuing the Wrong Streaming Strategy

Live streaming, or streaming traditional live channel line-ups as Sling TV and Directv Now do, is not living up to the hype, according to a new live video streaming survey, which found that only 11% of people who stream pay for live content. StreamOn, a...Learn More

Report: Network Densification Efforts Will Result in 100 to 350 Small Cells per Square Kilometer

Between 2015 and 2025 non-residential small cell deployments will grow at a CAGR of 36% and will reach 8.5 million deployed units. That would be 22 times the number of units deployed in 2015, according to a small cells forecast from the Small Cell Forum....Learn More

Smart TV Preferences: User Experience is Key, Voice Control is Lacking

User experience is the driving factor behind smart TV and streaming media preferences, according to a smart TV preferences survey from Parks Associates. Nearly half (45 percent) of all broadband households in the U.S. already have a smart TV, according to the research firm. Smart...Learn More

Wearables Study: Wearables Suffer from Smartphone Dependency

Lack of network connectivity has been one of the stumbling blocks to wearable devices realizing their full potential, according to a wearables study from research firm Strategy Analytics. “While wearables like smartwatches are very much reliant on a paired smartphone for their functionality, smartphones and...Learn More

IDC: Mobile Will Represent More than Half of Total $1.7 Trillion Pay-TV & Telecom Global Spend

Spending worldwide on pay-TV and telecommunications services is expected to rise to almost $1.7 trillion this year, an increase of 1.7% compared to last year, according to a pay-TV and telecom global spend forecast from IDC. The growth is not over: The firm says that...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...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’...Learn More

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