Report: Apple Goes from Zero to Smartwatch Market Domination

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Demand for smartwatches picked up markedly in 2Q 2015, rising a record-high 457 percent annually, according to the latest market data report from Strategy Analytics. Unit volume totaled some 5.3 million, up from 1 million a year ago, according to Strategy Analytics’ WDE (Wearables) market...Learn More

AT&T/ DirecTV Deal Approval: Low-Income Broadband and Other Conditions

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Just days after FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler circulated a draft order to approve AT&T’s acquisition of DirecTV, the full commission on Friday approved the order and AT&T and DirecTV completed the deal.  As expected, the commission is imposing several conditions on the merger, including a...Learn More

RootMetrics: Verizon Has Fastest Airport Mobile Data Service

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Mobile data and network performance have become a criterion by which people judge the quality of experience at airports as well as retail outlets and other commercial and public facilities open to the public. Testing the quality of mobile networks among the top four wireless...Learn More

GSA: Number of Carriers Offering LTE Rises to 422

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Commercial 4G LTE services are now up and running for 422 wireless carriers in 143 countries, according to the latest update to GSA’s ¨Evolution to LTE¨ report. A total of 106 began offering LTE services this past year, according to a news release. More broadly,...Learn More

Southeastern Regional Carrier PalmettoNet Inks Big Fiber-to-the-Tower Deal

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PalmettoNet, a regional fiber network owned by 11 independent telcos, has won a big contract to provide fiber optic connectivity to more than 650 cell towers to be built by a major U.S. operator in PalmettoNet’s North and South Carolina serving territory. PalmettoNet won the...Learn More

Report: Streaming, Device Proliferation Fuel Wi-Fi Dissatisfaction

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Actual performance of Wi-Fi in the home falls well short of consumer expectations. according to new research. Nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of consumers have experienced significant issues revolving around slow Internet speeds that hinder fast, efficient streaming and downloading of large files and video, according...Learn More

Administrator Details Kansas Upgrade to AT&T NG911

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With AT&T as a key supplier, the state of Kansas has undertaken a major upgrade to its 911 system that could serve as a prototype for the sort of upgrade that 911 administrators nationwide should be considering soon if they aren’t already. “There is an...Learn More

PEG Bandwidth Acquires Fiber Network from W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.

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DALLAS – (July 21, 2015) – PEG Bandwidth, a leading provider of bandwidth and wireless infrastructure solutions, has acquired a 48-mile fiber network from W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc., a privately held, Newark, DE-based enterprise well known for GORE-TEX® fabric. PEG Bandwidth operates a 15,000-route...Learn More

TIA: 5G Expectations Include Multiple Spectrum Bands

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Telecom providers continue to be challenged as a result of rapid, ongoing growth in data demand originating from a growing range of connected devices, mobile devices in particular. That’s adding impetus to next-generation 5G wireless broadband research and development. New market research from TIA (Telecommunications...Learn More

ABI: 400 Million Wi-Fi Access Points Installed by 2019

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The number of installed Wi-Fi access points will rise to nearly 400 million by 2019 as service providers and large business enterprises find and take advantage of new revenue opportunities, according to new market research from ABI Research. Next-generation wireless networking technologies such as Hotspot...Learn More

FCC Set to Reject Dish Partner Spectrum Bidding Credits

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The FCC is set to reject $3.3 billion in auction credits granted to small companies owned, in part, by Dish Network in the recent AWS-3 auction, the Wall Street Journal reports. The two companies – SNR Wireless and Northstar Wireless – would not be able...Learn More

FCC Adopts Rural Carrier Bidding Credit for 600 MHz Auction, Delays Other Key Issues

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Updated later July 16 As expected, the FCC at today’s monthly meeting adopted a report and order that will give small rural carriers a bidding credit in the upcoming 600 MHz auction of TV broadcast spectrum.  Although the commission did not detail the size of...Learn More