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

Deloitte: As Smartphone Penetration Hits 82%, Wireless Industry Thrives

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A new report from Deloitte LLP confirms the popularity of smartphones and the health of the wireless industry. Americans as a whole use their mobile phones 12 billion times a day, according to researchers. Additionally, smartphone penetration has reached 82 percent (93 percent for the...Learn More

DISH Goes All in on Voice Control; New Voice Remote Ships with All Hopper DVRs

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November 14, 2017 — ENGLEWOOD, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–DISH today released a new voice remote that ships with all Hopper DVRs. Upgraded with motion-activated backlighting and two customizable buttons, the remote interprets natural language to control navigation, search and content selection on compatible set-top boxes. New DISH...Learn More

Comcast VoiceEdge Select Drills Down Deeper into SMB Segment with Hosted VoIP

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Comcast VoiceEdge Select, announced yesterday, is a cloud-based phone service that targets smaller SMB customers. The new hosted voice service offers a full set of standard and advanced calling features, a mobile app and business-grade phones priced by the seat, according to Comcast. Other capabilities...Learn More

FCC Proposes USF Lifeline Cap for $2 Billion Annual Program, Resellers Would be Ineligible

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The FCC is proposing major changes to the USF Lifeline program, including imposing a cap on the program, which has disbursed as much as $2.1 billion in a year to cover some or all of the cost of broadband and/or voice service for low-income households....Learn More

DISH Expands Amazon Alexa Voice Control Support to Hopper ‘Joey’ Clients for Whole-Home, Hands-Free TV

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October 25, 2017 — ENGLEWOOD, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–DISH today unveiled Hands-Free TV™ for the entire home by extending its support of Amazon Alexa voice control to all Joey clients. Now, DISH customers can ask Alexa to control all TVs in the Hopper whole-home ecosystem by pairing each...Learn More

New 8×8 Virtual Office Editions Add Analytics to UC

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8×8 Virtual Office Editions, announced yesterday, is designed to unify cloud-based telephony, collaboration, Web conferencing and contact center solutions with a data analytics platform. Vik Verma, 8×8’s CEO, said in a press release that siloed communications segregates business data from decision makers and thus hurts...Learn More

Midwest Energy & Communications Upgrades Broadband Phone with Alianza VoIP Solution

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September 26, 2017 — ST. LOUIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Alianza Inc., the cloud voice platform company, announced today that Midwest Energy & Communications (MEC) has selected Alianza’s Cloud Voice Platform for its next-gen FTTH VoIP solution. With Alianza’s solution, MEC is delivering a better overall user experience to its...Learn More

CenturyLink Business VoIP Targets Small Business with Cloud Based UC Platform

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CenturyLink is casting its net wider across the business VoIP (Voice-over-Internet-Protocol) market space, announcing a managed, plug-and-play VoIP services platform for small business customers dubbed CenturyLink Business VoIP. The offering provides pre-configured, premium, plug-and-play digital voice communications at a flat monthly rate, the company highlights....Learn More

Comcast Business VoiceEdge Adds Integration with Microsoft Office 365 to Help Enhance Business Productivity

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July 24, 2017 — PHILADELPHIA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Comcast Business today announced an enhancement to its cloud-based phone service, Business VoiceEdge. Microsoft Office 365 is now interoperable with Business VoiceEdge through the Business VoiceEdge desktop applications. The Business VoiceEdge desktop application allows users flexibility to customize their communications...Learn More

FCC Proposes Further Carrier Rural Call Completion Requirements

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The FCC is considering imposing additional rural call completion requirements on long-distance providers. In a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) adopted today, the commission asks for input on several proposals, including one that would require long-distance providers to monitor the rural call completion performance of...Learn More

With Verizon-CWA Copper Settlement, Union Forces Verizon’s Landline Hand

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A complaint filed with the Pennsylvania public utilities commission has driven a Verizon-CWA copper settlement involving maintenance of the company’s traditional landline network infrastructure. Verizon union workers represented by the CWA argued that the company was in violation of statutory obligations to provide adequate service...Learn More

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