Altice Cablevision Purchase Completed; Investment Plans Include New CPE, WiFi

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Cable industry consolidation continues with the Altice Cablevision purchase completed yesterday. The news comes just weeks after completion of a deal that made Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks part of Charter Communications. Altice is now the fourth largest U.S. cable operator, having previously...Learn More

U.S. Cellular Network Now a Part of Google MVNO Project Fi

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The underlying network of the nation’s 5th largest wireless carrier will become available for Project Fi, the Google MVNO that aims to disrupt the mobile carrier industry. U.S. Cellular joins T-Mobile and Sprint as underlying carriers for the Google MVNO project. Project Fi, first launched...Learn More

Cisco Forecast: 3.4 Devices Connected to the Internet Per Person by 2020

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Worldwide there will be 3.4 devices connected to the Internet per person by 2020, according to the 11th annual update of the Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI), which was released yesterday. More than 1 billion people and 10 billion new devices will be connected to...Learn More

Financial Market Un-phased by T-Mobile Giving Stock to Customers

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T-Mobile’s announcement that it would give every customer a share of stock in the company seems to have had little impact on the financial market’s view of the company, judging by the company’s stock price performance since the news hit mid-day yesterday.  T-Mobile stock opened...Learn More

IDC: 802.11ac Adoption Rate for Enterprise Exceeds Previous WiFi Generations

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Global consumer WLAN market revenue came in flat year-over-year (YoY) in 1Q’16, but the 802.11ac adoption rate for enterprise is a bright spot, IDC highlights in excerpts from its latest Worldwide Quarterly WLAN Tracker. Combined, the WLAN growth rate was 4.5% YoY but revenues were...Learn More

Report: Cable Broadband Market Share Surging, Now at 62% of Total Fixed Broadband Market

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Cable broadband market share is seeing substantial gains in the U.S. market, according to Strategy Analytics. Cable broadband subscriber adds were 3.3 million new subscribers in the 12 months from April 2015, researchers said. Cable broadband market share growth is helping drive overall U.S. fixed...Learn More

Comcast Home Control Will Be Router-Centric with Curated Devices

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Comcast has seen a sharp increase in consumer interest in home control over the last six to 10 months and expects the market to double over the next 12 months, said Daniel Herscovici, senior vice president and general manager of Comcast’s Xfinity Home unit yesterday....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

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

Electric Cooperative WiFi Deployment Aims to Support Home Broadband

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Bandera Electric Cooperative, based in rural Texas, aims to rely heavily on WiFi to bring broadband to its customers. The Bandera Electric Cooperative WiFi plans include installing fiber on the company’s existing poles, to which the company also will add WiFi access points, a company...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