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Will 5G Enable Wireless Replacement of Home Broadband and Disrupt FTTH?

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Ever since the advent of 3G wireless, there’s been debate as to whether significant wireless replacement of home broadband service is possible. After all, wireless replacement of home voice service helped decimate the pure wireline voice business for many carriers. Will the same happen for...Learn More

ABI: Mobile Accessory Revenues Forecast to Hit $110 Billion by 2021

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The secondary, or aftermarket, for mobile accessories will grow to exceed $110 billion in 2021, according to a mobile accessory revenues forecast from ABI Research. Aftermarket purchase/sales of Bluetooth smartphone headsets will grow fastest, rising at a 9% CAGR from 2016-2020, ABI highlights in an...Learn More

Report: Millennial Smartphone Use, 73% Would Give Up Cable TV Before Smartphone

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Millennials (those born between 1980 and 2000) are expected to account for 75% of the global workforce by 2025 and millennial smartphone use is of particular interest. Their craving for ubiquitous, ¨always on¨ high-speed network connectivity, along with their usage habits and preferences, has profound...Learn More

Cox Business Adds Mobile Functionality to Hosted Voice Solution

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ATLANTA – May 24, 2016 – Cox Business has expanded its hosted voice Solution, IP Centrex, giving business customers enhanced connectivity capabilities with voice, instant messaging and more through their smartphones, tablets and desktop computers. Using the BroadSoft UC-One® platform, Cox Business has strengthened its...Learn More

U.S. Wireless Trends: 4 Million Messages Per Minute, 2.8 Trillion Minutes of Use

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Americans consumed more than twice the amount of data in 2015 than they did the year before and three times that of 2013, according to survey data from CTIA on U.S. wireless trends. Network data consumption totaled 9.6 trillion megabytes (MB) last year, up from...Learn More

FCC Consumer Complaint Data Center Launched

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A new online FCC Consumer Complaint Data Center aims to provide greater, more detailed and more timely public access to consumer complaint records along with tools to customize how records are viewed. The new platform is part and parcel of FCC efforts to enhance transparency,...Learn More

AT&T Lets Customers Put Connected Cars on Wireless Plans

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Wireless customers have become accustomed to adding tablets, hotspots and other devices to smartphone price plans. AT&T is hoping customers also will put connected cars on wireless plans, announcing new options today in that area. Also today the carrier announced a new ad campaign called...Learn More

Verizon CFO on SDN Economics: Software Won’t Reduce Capex

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While some advocates tout the ability of software defined networking to reduce telco capital and operational expenditures, at least one major carrier expects SDN economics to have little impact on capex. Verizon capex consistently runs in the range of 17.2% to 17.7%, noted Verizon Executive...Learn More

Telecom Disaster Recovery: We Drop in on an AT&T Drill

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When a weather-related or other emergency strikes, telecom disaster recovery ranks right up there with power and sanitation in terms of importance. Telecompetitor was reminded of this today when we dropped in on an AT&T telecom disaster recovery drill in Chicago – one of numerous...Learn More

Ericsson, Comcast Roll Out WiFi on Wheels

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Ericsson unveiled what’s billed as ¨the nation’s first high-tech mobile WiFi unit¨ at the Internet & Television Expo 2016 in Boston May 16. Comcast is Ericsson’s first customer and intends to employ the WiFi on Wheels unit to support events, remote locations and disaster recovery...Learn More

Telecom IPX is Hot Topic at International Telecoms Week

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Telecom IPX is a hot topic, as the results of a survey presented at International Telecoms Week in Chicago yesterday revealed. In a survey of global telecom wholesalers conducted by Capacity Media, 69% cited IP exchange (IPX) as a game changing technology that was on their company’s...Learn More

Report: WiFi Outperforms Mobile in Consumer Perceived Quality

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One-third of subscribers worldwide blame their mobile service providers for network quality issues and in their minds, WiFi outperforms mobile in quality of experience, according to new market research from Procera Networks. Nine out of of 10 respondents believed the quality of their WiFi connections...Learn More