Facebook Free Wi-Fi Offered to North Carolina Students

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Google isn’t the only Internet software giant to get involved in the hardware and networking side of things. Facebook today said it would partner with non-profit Internet service provider Pangaea to provide free Wi-Fi connectivity to the homes of certain students in the Town of...Learn More

Is There a VoLTE Business Case?

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VoLTE rollouts are taking off, but “there is no business case,” at least yet, for voice over Long Term Evolution, says Stéphane Téral, Infonetics Research principal analyst. The reason is simply that the initial rollouts have been relatively small, in the sense that VoLTE provides...Learn More

FCC Releases E-Rate Data by State

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Washington, DC – The Federal Communications Commission today released a report of the potential impact of a pending proposal to modernize the federal E-Rate program to meet a pressing demand by the nation’s schools and libraries: robust connectivity to the Internet through Wi-Fi networks. Three...Learn More

With Enventis Cloud Services, Regional Carrier Enhances Cloud Strategy and Approach

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Enventis will rely on a mixture of home-grown technology and partnerships to support a suite of cloud services announced yesterday, said Enventis Vice President of Product Marketing Darren Peterson in an interview. All offerings will carry the Enventis name. Enventis, previously known as HickoryTech, has...Learn More

iGR: Increased Spending by Customers Using Free Wi-Fi Seen by 50% of Retailers

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Retailers and other consumer-facing businesses are seeing the benefits of offering complimentary, so-called amenity Wi-Fi, according to a market research report from Devicescape, which calls itself the “operator of the world’s largest Wi-Fi service platform.” Results of a survey of over “400 small, consumer-facing businesses...Learn More

ViaSat NetNearU Acquisition Should Generate Wi-Fi Backhaul Business

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ViaSat’s acquisition of NetNearU, announced yesterday, should help the satellite broadband provider garner more Wi-Fi backhaul business. NetNearU offers a Wi-Fi management system, works with enterprise and government customers installing permanent or temporary Wi-Fi networks and in some cases operates its own Wi-Fi infrastructure. ViaSat...Learn More

A Vision for Broadband

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A common characteristic of business success is vision. That is, laying out a path or course of action for your organization that best seizes and maximizes the opportunities that lie ahead. It’s not a trivial task and it requires discipline, knowledge, planning, and a little...Learn More

Report Finds Average Wi-Fi Offload Speed (for Cellular) at 5.3 Mbps

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Offloading of cellular network traffic to Wi-Fi networks is on the rise, with Wi-Fi offloading now taking place in nearly 80 percent of all U.S. states in 1Q 2014, a 2-3 percent sequential quarterly increase, according to the latest “Quarterly WiFi Analytics Report” from Wi-Fi...Learn More

Infonetics: Use of 802.11ac Wi-Fi in Set-Top Boxes to Skyrocket

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The IEEE’s new 802.11 ac WiFi standard will be the fastest growing WiFi technology in the IP set-top box (STB) market, according to a new forecast from Infonetics Research. Though 802.11n dual-mode and 2×2 MIMO (multiple in-multiple out) are the most widely used WiFi technologies,...Learn More

IHS Sees Big Growth in MIMO Wi-Fi for Cellular Offload

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Wireless network operators are turning to multiple in-multiple out (MIMO) Wi-Fi technology to cope with a “deluge of data traffic generated by smartphones,” according to a report from IHS Technology. Employing multiple antennae at wireless networks’ transmitter and receiver ends, wireless carriers are using next-generation...Learn More

Time Warner Cable Free WiFi Hotspots Could Be a Win/Win

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Time Warner Cable said yesterday that it will offer a free WiFi hotspot to any of its business customers throughout its serving area – a move that would seem to have strong appeal to typical cable company business customers. A video about the company’s hotspot...Learn More

Report: WLAN Growth Rate Slows, But Market to Remain Strong

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The enterprise wireless local area network (WLAN) market segment continued to grow at a faster pace than most others in a WLAN market that overall has experienced a slowing pace of growth over the last several quarters, according to a new report from IDC. Though...Learn More