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T-Mobile Enters Pay-TV Business with Layer3 Acquisition

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In what T-Mobile CEO John Legere calls the next phase of their ‘un-carrier’ strategy, the wireless provider announced an acquisition of IPTV pay-TV provider Layer3. The acquisition catapults T-Mobile into the rapidly evolving video business. “People love their TV, but they hate their TV providers....Learn More

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

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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

New NFL Verizon Deal Removes Mobile Exclusivity for Games

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The National Football League and Verizon have launched a multi-year partnership in which Verizon’s digital and mobile media properties, including Yahoo Sports, will stream in-market and national games, regardless of mobile network. This new NFL Verizon deal eliminates Verizon’s previous exclusivity for mobile streaming of...Learn More

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

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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

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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

Smartphone Key to Personalized Hilton Connected Room, Digital Keys Now Unlock Hotel Doors Every 1.5 Secs

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Hilton has launched what the hotelier says is the first-of-its-kind, high-tech guest room that enables guests to personalize and control every aspect of their stay from their mobile devices. Called Hilton Connected Room, the solution is currently in beta at one location and is to...Learn More

New Hampshire FirstNet Opt Out is a Strike Against AT&T

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The New Hampshire FirstNet opt out decision announced today will leave at least one state out of AT&T’s plan to build a nationwide mobile broadband public safety network. Thirty-five states and territories have chosen AT&T to build their FirstNet public safety network and until now,...Learn More

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

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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

Wearables Study: Wearables Suffer from Smartphone Dependency

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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

Total Directv Now Subscribers Hits 1 Million, AT&T Announces OTT Enhancements

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Total Directv Now subscribers have reached the 1 million mark, AT&T announced today. AT&T’s streaming OTT service provides a live channel line-up and video-on-demand, competing with a growing number of OTT alternatives to traditional pay-tv services. Directv Now is about a year old. There was...Learn More

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

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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

Rivada Conditionally Wins Colorado Public Safety Network Contract

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November 28, 2017 — COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rivada Networks and Macquarie Capital announced today they will jointly pursue opt-out state contracts under the FirstNet legislation. The first initiative of this alliance is a conditional award from the State of Colorado to build out its public-safety broadband...Learn More

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