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AT&T: Ongoing Pay-TV Transition is Painful and Expensive, But We’ve Been There, Done That

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The ongoing pay-TV transition, where consumers are increasingly embracing OTT, mobile TV, and SVOD options over traditional linear video, is a difficult one for a company like AT&T. But according to AT&T CFO John Stephens, the communications conglomerate is not only weathering the storm, but...Learn More

It’s Slow and Steady as She Goes, as Xfinity Mobile Penetration Hits 2.4%

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Comcast revealed Xfinity mobile progress today as they reported 1Q18 financials. Xfinity mobile subscriber counts are a closely watched metric, as they represent the cable industry’s progress in breaching the wireless industry, which is currently dominated by the four major national carriers, and a host...Learn More

Verizon Leans on IoT Growth, Fios Broadband to Maintain Revenue Growth in 1Q18

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Verizon today reported first-quarter 2018 results highlighted by consolidated revenue growth and strong Verizon Wireless customer loyalty. Verizon revenues were up 6% over the same period last year. For first-quarter 2018, Verizon reported EPS of $1.11, compared with 84 cents in first-quarter 2017. On an...Learn More

EXCLUSIVE: AT&T, Verizon Outline FirstNet Interoperability Details; Rural Specifics Remain Light

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AT&T and Verizon have been conducting a sort of press release duel in recent months with regard to public safety communications. Verizon traditionally has had the largest share of that market, but AT&T gained a tremendous edge when it won contracts and spectrum to build...Learn More

DOJ eSIM Investigation Cites Possible Verizon, AT&T Collusion and Raises Issues About Standards-Setting Process

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Development of the latest eSIM standard is on hold, pending an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, global standards organization GSMA said Saturday. Regardless of how it is resolved, the DOJ eSIM investigation raises some important issues about the standards-setting process. DOJ eSIM Investigation...Learn More

FCC Takes First Steps Toward C-Band Shared Spectrum with Possible Implications for CBRS

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As stakeholders continue to debate the fate of CBRS band spectrum, the FCC yesterday took the first steps toward opening spectrum in the neighboring C-band for use on a shared basis with existing license holders that use the spectrum for fixed satellite service (FSS). Wireless...Learn More

Comcast and Charter Partner to Take on Mobile Industry, Form Mobile Operating Unit

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Comcast and Charter announced a joint venture today that will fuel both cable MSOs’ continued move into the mobile broadband ecosystem. The partnership will focus on developing and operating backend systems that support both Xfinity Mobile and Spectrum Mobile, signaling a more committed effort for...Learn More

Dramatic Expansion of AT&T’s 5G Evolution Lays Groundwork for Real 5G

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AT&T announced today an expansion of their 5G Evolution technology to an additional 117 markets across the U.S., bringing the total 5G Evolution markets to 141. The term 5G Evolution is more of a marketing term, since the underlying technology for it is really advanced...Learn More

Improving the Verizon Customer Experience is Objective for Moment Acquisition

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Verizon today closed its acquisition of Moment, a New York-based design and strategy firm founded in 2002. Verizon Moment plans include having former Moment employees join Verizon’s growing in-house design team and be responsible for creating end-to-end Verizon customer experiences including in-store, online, mobile and...Learn More

Report Advises Positioning Sling TV as a Mobile Offering

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Sling TV is missing an opportunity, according to analyst firm Strategy Analytics, which advises positioning Sling TV as a mobile offering. In a new report, Strategy Analytics cites key factors in the success of Sling TV in addition to consumer motivations to replace traditional pay...Learn More

Report: Consumers Prefer Smartphones Over Smart Speakers for Smart Home Control

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Nearly nine in 10 consumers see the smartphone as the controller for smart home devices, more than double the amount that see digital assistants such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home serving that purpose, according to a new smart home preferences report from GfK. Unsurprisingly,...Learn More

5G Spectrum Auction Plans Come Into Focus with FCC 28 GHz & 24 GHz Proposals

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The FCC today proposed to begin conducting an auction of spectrum in the 28 GHz band on November 14. A 24 GHz auction would commence as soon as the 28 GHz auction is completed. Both spectrum bands are considered well suited for fifth-generation 5G wireless...Learn More

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