Posts by Carl Weinschenk

Carl Weinschenk is a long time writer and editor, covering technology. His writing has appeared at IT Business Edge, Broadband Technology Report, tele.com, InternetWeek and many other sites and publications.



Report: 802.11ax Well Suited for Carrier Wi-Fi in 5G Era

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The 802.11ax standard, which will become available later this year, can provide Wi-Fi with 5G-like speeds at a lower price point, according to GlobalData. Researchers expect 802.11ax carrier Wi-Fi to be an important element of carriers’ 5G strategy. “The 802.11ax standard will drive a significant boost in capacity, efficiency and flexibility that should make Wi-Fi...Learn More

ABI: Smart Home Spending to More than Double and Reach $123 Billion by 2022

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Smart home spending will more than double by 2022, according to ABI Research. Spending will grow in value from $56 billion today to $123 billion by 2022, researchers said. This explosive growth, which will put smart home technology “at the heart of consumers’ lives and purchase decisions,” is encouraging new players and offerings. “The holistic...Learn More

Analyst: Cable Industry Will be a Force in Growing IoT Opportunity

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Lack of spectrum or licensed wireless networks will not stop cable operators and satellite TV providers from meaningful participation in the nascent IoT services market, according to a report about satellite and cable IoT opportunities from GlobalData. The firm says that Cox, Comcast, Dish Networks and similar companies are providing IoT services to businesses or...Learn More

CenturyLink Partners With Oracle to Offer Cloud Connectivity

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CenturyLink will offer dedicated and private access to the Oracle Cloud through Oracle Cloud Infrastructure FastConnect. The CenturyLink Oracle deal will enable Oracle FastConnect subscribers to use CenturyLink Cloud Connect Solutions to gain what CenturyLink calls a direct and secure connection that doesn’t come in contact with the Internet. “Our integration with Oracle FastConnect provides...Learn More

Verizon 4×4 MIMO, 256 QAM Upgrades Should Boost Wireless Speeds, Capacity

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Verizon aims to boost wireless speeds and capacity with technology upgrades planned for 1,100 markets or more. The company will provide carrier aggregation to subscribers in more than 2,000 markets and will add 4×4 Massive Input, Massive Output (MIMO) and 256 Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM) in 1,100 markets. The carrier did not provide details about...Learn More

Parks: Broadband Household Viewing of Facebook Video and the Like Hits Two Hours Weekly

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U.S. broadband household viewing of Facebook video and similar “alternative content” has reached two hours weekly on average, according to Parks Associates. Alternative content includes live streaming, user-generated content, short-form videos and Web video series, according to Parks’ definition. Other alternative content sources include  SnapChat, YouTube, Vimeo and Daily Motion. “Alternative video is an important...Learn More

FCC to Establish $100M Connected Care Pilot Program Targeting Telehealth

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The FCC is seeking to establish a $100 million “Connected Care Pilot Program” to support telehealth for low income Americans. The FCC connected care pilot program will be a focus on rural residents and veterans. The announcement was made in an op-ed with FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr and Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker. FCC Connected Care...Learn More

Sprint Magic Box to Connect Pittsburgh Energy-as-a-Service Project

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Sprint’s Magic Box small cell is being deployed into about 100 buildings in Pittsburgh to provide connectivity to an energy-as-a-service offering. The city has issued an “intent to award contract” to BOSS Controls. The company is working with Sprint, other companies and the city’s Sustainability and Resilience Division, Facilities Bureau and Department of Innovation and...Learn More

Report: Majority of College Wi-Fi Budgets Are $750K to $1 Million

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Connectivity on college campuses is growing in capacity and speed, according to a college Wi-Fi survey from the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I), an organization of college university housing officers. The group’s annual ResNet Report found that two in three colleges provide full campus coverage. College Wi-Fi “As we survey today’s higher...Learn More

Cable One Introduces Cloud-Based Hosted Voice, Seats Start at $20/Month

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Top ten cable cable MSO Cable One has introduced hosted voice, a cloud-based virtual PBX. The service has launched in 8 markets across 7 states. It will be available to the majority of Cable One’s markets by the end of the year. “Hosted Voice is a feature-rich virtual telephone system that allows business customers to...Learn More

New CableLabs Spec Targets Fiber Capacity Needs as Cable MSOs Migrate to Full Duplex

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Cable industry consortium CableLabs has introduced the Point-to-Point Coherent Optics specification, which it says will increase fiber capacity by a factor of ten. Coherent optics uses amplitude, phase and polarization to dramatically increase capacity. CableLabs says that the new specification can be used to push access network capacity to 100 gigabits of data per wavelength....Learn More

FCC’s Rosenworcel Releases Model Small Cell Agreements

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The FCC has taken a step toward sorting through complex small cell deployment issues by releasing two model small cell agreements agreed to by the San Jose City Council. The announcement was made by Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, who said that there is a balance between local control and the speed that is made possible by...Learn More

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