ACSI: Competition Drives Telecom Customer Satisfaction Higher

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Customer satisfaction with several different types of telecommunications companies in the U.S. rose for the first time in two years, according to the ACSI (American Customer Satisfaction Index) 1Q 2016 report. Telecom customer satisfaction rose among telecom providers – Pay TV and Internet service providers,...Learn More

IDC: Smartwatch Sales Decline, But Not for Long

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Vendors shipped just 3.5 million smartwatches in 2Q 2016, a precedent-setting 32% year-over-year smartwatch sales decline, according to preliminary market data from the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker. Vendors shipped 5.1 million units in 2Q’15. Apple shipped 1.6 million smartwatches in 2Q, tops for...Learn More

Facebook Over the Air Optical Technology Looks Promising

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Researchers at Facebook’s Internet.org Connectivity Lab have developed a new means of detecting over the air optical signals that could pave the way for optical wireless networks to replace today’s wireless information and telecommunications network infrastructure, which makes use of radio and microwaves, according to...Learn More

C Spire 5G Demo Highlights 5G Interest Beyond Big Four

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C Spire said today that it successfully demonstrated 5G fixed wireless technology using spectrum in the 28 GHz band. The C Spire 5G news raises the question of whether we will see more companies outside the Big Four nationwide wireless carriers taking a more active...Learn More

Mobile Devices Are 54% of Connected Home Devices Research Says

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Mobile devices account for more than half (54%) of all connected devices in the average U.S. household, according to new connected home devices research from comScore. That’s nearly twice the percentage for PCs. Smartphones make up the biggest share (36%) of connected home devices research...Learn More

Qualified 600 MHz Auction Bidders Include 28 Companies with Rural Wireless Bidding Credits

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Twenty-eight companies with rural wireless bidding credits are on the FCC’s list of approved bidders for the upcoming auction of TV broadcast spectrum in the 600 MHz band. As expected, three of the four major national wireless carriers – AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon but not...Learn More

Strong Industry Support for Obama $400 Million Advanced Wireless Research Initiative

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Four city-wide initiatives will be a key part of President Obama’s Advanced Wireless Research Initiative (AWRI), announced today. The initiative, which has the support of numerous communications companies and communications industry organizations, aims to spur the development of technology to support fifth generation wireless networks....Learn More

Wireless Mobile Phone Charging Survey Finds Four in 10 Have Used It

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More than eight in 10 consumers have heard of wireless charging on mobile phones and one in four have used it, according to a wireless mobile phone charging survey from IHS Markit. Awareness has continued to rise over the past 12 months in the U.S.,...Learn More

AT&T Drones for LTE Program Hopes to Enhance LTE Coverage

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AT&T is getting serious about drones for LTE, which the company anticipates making part of its telecom infrastructure in the future. The company this week launched the AT&T Drone Program aimed at exploring how drones could benefit the company and its customers. “Possible uses include...Learn More

AT&T to Provide Network Connectivity to the Array of Things Project

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DALLAS and CHICAGO, July 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Array of Things (AoT) has selected AT&T to be the preferred provider of wireless connectivity for their urban-sensing project. The AoT project is designed to gather critical data about a city’s environment and infrastructure to ultimately help...Learn More

Senators Want USF Mobility Fund to Target Croplands

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A bi-partisan group of 26 senators is asking the FCC to establish new parameters for a USF mobility fund that would target broadband availability in croplands “or some other geographic measurement.” The goal would be to better support precision agriculture technology aimed at enhancing productivity...Learn More

Verizon 5G Spec Finalized, Suggesting Strong Interest in Fixed Wireless Deployments

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Verizon’s announcement today that the company has completed a specification for ultra-high-bandwidth 5G wireless is the latest example of the company’s increasingly wireless focus. The Verizon 5G spec was completed in advance of industry fifth-generation wireless standards efforts, raising the question of what is driving...Learn More