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Millimeter Wave Small Cell Backhaul Forecast to Grow 100% Annually

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Millimeter wave telecommunications is poised to play an important role in small cell deployments, fulfilling the need for backhaul aggregation as small cell deployments scale up, according to a new report from Infonetics Research. Growth will be fastest in the outdoor small cell backhaul segment...Learn More

FCC: TDM-to-IP Transition Was a Cause of 911 Outage Affecting Seven States

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The transition to next-generation 911 (NG911) emergency services based on IP played a role in the April outage that prevented people in seven states from being able to reach emergency dispatchers, said Rear Admiral David Simpson, chief of the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security...Learn More

Chicago CIO Shares Internet of Things Success Stories

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The Internet of Things is becoming a reality in the city of Chicago, where sensors send an alert when trash cans get too full and sensors at city beaches report hourly on water temperature and wave height. Many of Chicago’s sensors use 3G for communications....Learn More

J.D. Power: OS is Increasingly Important Smartphone Purchase Criteria

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An operating system (OS) lies at the heart of any mobile data device, and their importance is only growing with uptake of more more powerful mobile devices and more advanced mobile application software. For mobile device users, smartphone OSs are an increasingly important factor in...Learn More

TeleGeography: Phone Line Decline Driven More by VoIP Than Mobile

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Exponential growth in wireless and mobile telecommunications has created the perception that fixed-line telephony, and subscribership, is on the way out. The evidence isn’t as clear-cut as many may believe, however, according to market research from TeleGeography. Data from TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database reveals that while...Learn More

Connected Car Revenue Models and Forecasts

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Connected cars have recently become a key AT&T new product initiative, for perhaps obvious reasons: AT&T wants to fuel growth (revenue and subscriptions) for its mobile business. AT&T expects meaningful subscriber growth for its connected car services in the next three to five years, and...Learn More

Wi-Fi Alliance Passpoint Gets an Upgrade

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The Wi-Fi Alliance’s Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Passpoint program now includes “a streamlined method to establish new user accounts and connect Wi-Fi-only devices such as tablets and notebooks,” according to a press release. The new features expand the range of the program’s value to mobile and fixed...Learn More

Ericsson: Prepare Your Network for Connected Everything

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The Internet of people, where human beings are connected to the Internet, is reaching saturation in most of the developed world. That saturation is leading to the next evolution of connectivity, the Internet of Things (IoT), where everything from a light bulb to your car...Learn More

AT&T to Pay $80 Million to FTC for Consumer Refunds in Mobile Cramming Case

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — As part of a $105 million settlement with federal and state law enforcement officials, AT&T Mobility LLC will pay $80 million to the Federal Trade Commission to provide refunds to consumers the company unlawfully billed for unauthorized third-party charges,...Learn More

Smart Wearables Forecast to Grow 80% Annually

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Internet technology and consumer goods designers and manufacturers are looking to “smart” wearable devices, such as smart watches and health and fitness monitors, to provide a big boost to and set a new standard for digital living. “The display panel market for all types of...Learn More

Report Finds MDM Adoption by Majority of Mid-Size Organizations

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Information security and user privacy, or rather the lack thereof, continue to be major sources of concern associated with employees making use of personal electronic devices and software applications for work purposes – the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) trend, according to new research from...Learn More

Report: Telecom Capex to Grow 3% in 2014

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Telecom operators around the world invested heavily in fiber optic and 4G LTE networks in 1H 2014 as they continued a transformation from voice- to data-centric infrastructure and services, according to a Carrier Economics report released by the Dell’oro Group September 30. Telecom operators’ capital...Learn More