ARRIS: Every Carrier Will Become a Wireless Provider, So We Bought Ruckus Wireless

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ARRIS and Broadcom jointly announced an agreement whereby the former will acquire Ruckus Wireless and ICX Switch business from Broadcom subsidiary Brocade Communication System Inc. for $800 million in cash, as well as unvested employee stock awards. The deal is contingent upon Broadcom successfully completing...Learn More

Survey Finds Strong Interest in Service Provider Wi-Fi

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A new survey found strong interest in service provider Wi-Fi. Nearly 8 in 10 U.S. and U.K. consumers would rather their Internet service providers (ISPs) provide them with in-home Wi-Fi gear as opposed to buying it themselves, according to the market research, which comes from...Learn More

Huawei GigaHome Smart Home Networking Solution Launched

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Network operators are going to need a lot more bandwidth, and make more efficient use of it, if next-generation networking visions of smart homes, businesses, communities, and cities are to be realized. Eager to do their part, broadband access vendors are racing to introduce next-gen...Learn More

Verizon Connected Grocery Store Project Illustrates Service Provider Digital Transformation Opportunities

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News this week from Verizon and retailer Ahold USA offers an example of the sort of opportunities that may be in store for communications service providers as enterprises get serious about what has come to be known as “digital transformation.” As research and consulting firm...Learn More

My Fios App Ties to Facebook Messenger, Diagnoses Wi-Fi Performance

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Verizon introduced a new, redesigned My Fios App Jan. 17, one that makes use of Facebook Messenger as a customer service and engagement tool and enables customers to further and more easily improve their home Wi-Fi network performance, according to a news release. Now available...Learn More

iPass and Jisc to Deliver Wi-Fi Connectivity Beyond the Campus

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REDWOOD SHORES, California, January 12, 2016 – iPass Inc. (NASDAQ: IPAS), a leading provider of global mobile connectivity, today announced its partnership with Jisc, a provider of digital solutions to the education and research sectors. Jisc will bring off-campus Wi-Fi services to higher and further...Learn More

Broadband in the Sky, JetBlue Fly-Fi Claims First Fleet Wide Gate-to-Gate Free Wi-Fi

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JetBlue is betting that high-speed Wi-Fi connectivity and a wider variety of VOD content, along with free snacks and more legroom in coach, will help it attract more travelers, as well as keep them coming back. The no-frills airline on Jan. 11 touted that its...Learn More

Parks Finds 71 Percent of Broadband Households With Wi-Fi or Apple AirPort

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There are 30 percent more computing devices, as well as 45 percent more connected devices, on average in U.S. broadband households with Wi-Fi access as compared to those without it, according to new market research from Parks Associates. Parks found 71 percent of broadband households...Learn More

Wi-Fi TimeSync Aims to Heighten Multi-Media Experience

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Digital home entertainment buffs should have their pick of new devices and equipment to choose from at this year’s CES in Las Vegas. That includes the debut of Wi-Fi TimeSync, firmware that enhances whole home or room entertainment by improving distribution of high-quality digital audio,...Learn More

Ford Enlists AT&T for Connected Car Wi-Fi Hotspots

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A partnership between Ford and AT&T has yielded connected car Wi-Fi hotspots. Beginning this fall, Ford will be offering LTE Wi-Fi hotspots on select 2018 models equipped with Ford SYNC Connect touch and voice-activated communications control technology. Connecting to AT&T’s 4G LTE network, SYNC Connect...Learn More

Comcast Wi-Fi Gateway Now Supports Bedtime Mode, Voice Control, User Metrics

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Comcast today announced a range of sophisticated capabilities for the Comcast Wi-Fi gateway, including voice control, user metrics and the ability to create rules and schedules, such as a bedtime mode that prevents Wi-Fi use during certain hours. End user data such as information about...Learn More

Seven Top Telecom Trends for 2017

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Fixed wireless (including 5G), broadband Universal Service, and increasingly diverse video options will be key focus areas for the telecom industry in 2017. Other top telecom trends for 2017 include G.fast and new business opportunities such as SD-WAN and the Internet of Things, including the...Learn More