CTIA: U.S. Mobile Usage Includes 1.5 Trillion Text Messages and 15.7 Trillion MBs of Data

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CTIA released their latest research on U.S. mobile usage trends for 2017, and some of the numbers are staggering. Americans love their smartphones, and even though mobile data usage equates to 15.7 trillion MBs of data, they also still like to talk on their phones,...Learn More

Ovum: Video Calling Impacting Service Providers in the Same Way OTT Video Impacts Video Providers

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App-based video calling services are changing the way in which consumers communicate in much the same way as streaming OTT video services has changed the way in which people consume TV, according to a new survey from Ovum. The research firm found that the popularity...Learn More

FCC Relaxes Carrier TDM-to-IP Transition Requirements

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The FCC voted today to eliminate what it called “unnecessary regulatory hurdles for carriers seeking to move from the networks of yesterday to the networks of tomorrow.” Specifically, the commission streamlined carriers’ ability to discontinue legacy services as they undergo a TDM-to-IP transition. TDM-to-IP Transition...Learn More

Widespread Comcast Voice Outage Illustrates Risks of Automation, Virtualization

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A Comcast voice outage yesterday illustrates the risks of network automation and virtualization and the move to the cloud. Reports of service outages first surfaced yesterday morning, impacting business users in multiple markets nationwide, according to online news website The Verge. The report cites a...Learn More

Three Fiber ISPs Turn to Alianza for Cloud-Based Voice Service

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. —June 4, 2018—Alianza Inc., the cloud voice platform company, announced today that three fiber broadband Internet service providers (ISPs) have selected Alianza’s Cloud Voice Platform to power new VoIP phone services for their customers. The providers—a cable company and two rural electric cooperatives—are delivering fiber-based broadband...Learn More

Comcast And Fandango Launch Voice-Activated Movie Ticketing Experience On The Television

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May 30, 2018 — PHILADELPHIA, PA AND LOS ANGELES, CA — Comcast’s Xfinity and Fandango businesses today announced a unique integration that gives movie fans the ability to find local showtimes and movie tickets right on their television. Starting today with Universal Pictures and Amblin...Learn More

Pay-TV and Telecom Spending Forecast to Reach $1.7 Trillion in 2018

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Spending on telecommunications services and pay TV services in the Americas is expected to grow at .2% per year through 2022, according to a pay-TV and telecom spending forecast from International Data Corporation (IDC). On a worldwide basis, spending on telecommunications services and pay TV...Learn More

FCC Levies $120M Robocall Fine, Its Largest Ever

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The FCC says that it has upheld a proposed fine of $120 million to Adrian Abramovich for malicious spoofing related to a robocall scheme. The FCC robocall fine is the largest ever levied by the FCC. The FCC robocall fine, which originally was proposed in...Learn More

Behind the T-Mobile $40 Million Rural Call Completion Settlement

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T-Mobile has agreed to pay $40 million into the U.S. Treasury and has admitted to violating FCC call completion rules in rural areas. The T-Mobile rural call completion settlement also will require the company to establish a compliance plan. T-Mobile Rural Call Completion Settlement For...Learn More

Responding to Cable Company SMB Efforts, Consolidated Launches New BusinessOne Business Bundle

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Consolidated Communications today announced the launch of BusinessOne, a new bundle of broadband and voice services for the SMB segment. A primary goal of the new offering is to differentiate the telco’s business broadband service from growing competitive  cable business service offers. BusinessOne offers two...Learn More

Comcast Business VoiceEdge Adds Award-Winning One-Click Audio Conferencing App

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Mar 12, 2018 — PHILADELPHIA, PA — Comcast Business today introduced Comcast Business VoiceEdge™ Conferencing, an award-winning enhancement to its cloud-based phone service, Comcast Business VoiceEdge, which simplifies the way conference calls are initiated, joined and managed. The new Audio Conferencing application allows end-users to initiate an audio...Learn More

Trump Signs Rural Call Completion Legislation

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President Trump has signed the Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act of 2017 into law. The rural call completion legislation, which was sent to the president’s desk earlier this month, is aimed at ensuring call completion in rural areas by managing the use of...Learn More

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