Android Data Usage Trends: 60% Increase in One Year

Android-based phones have seen a jump in data traffic across all operators, according to new research about Android data usage trends from AppOptix. The company monitors 4,000 Android devices, which had significant jumps in cellular and WiFi data, due — at least in part — to increases in video usage, according to the research firm....Learn More

AT&T Airship Fueling Cloud, AI Initiatives, Including 5G Core

Newly launched, the AT&T Airship open infrastructure project aims to simplify site operation for cloud operators. The company is working with Intel Corporation, the OpenStack Foundation and Korean telecom provider SKT on the initiative. “Simply put, Airship lets you build a cloud easier than ever before,” said Amy Whelan, AT&T vice president of Cloud and...Learn More

Kagan: U.S. Cable, Telco and DBS Video Subscribers Now Stand at 90 Million Residential

Cable, Telco, and DBS video subscribers fell 0.8% during the first quarter of the year compared to the last quarter of 2017, according to Kagan. The rate of decline was somewhat slower than for the same period in 2017. The research firm found that multichannel subscriptions fell to 93.2 million. Of those, 90.3 million were...Learn More

Report: Google Explodes Onto the Smart Speaker Category with 709% Growth but Still Trails Amazon

Amazon led the smart speaker category during the first quarter of the year with shipments of about 4 million units, according to Strategy Analytics. Though that’s almost half of the total category shipments of 9.2 million units, Amazon’s market share took a hit. It was almost cut in half and dipped below 50% compared to...Learn More

Senate Net Neutrality Vote Aims to Reinstate Rules

The Senate voted 52-47 yesterday to overturn the decision late last year to end Net Neutrality rules. The Senate Net Neutrality vote was brought up under the Congressional Review Act, which allows a vote on regulatory changes within a limited time after they are signed into law. Three Republicans – John Kennedy of Louisiana, Linda...Learn More

Windstream CEO: Broadband and DIRECTV NOW Bundle Should be Effective Competitive Weapon Against Cable

Windstream’s strategy for competing against cable companies will be based on a combination of Windstream broadband and other companies’ over-the-top (OTT) video offerings, said Windstream CEO Tony Thomas at an investor conference today. Asked about Windstream’s value proposition in the 50% of its local service territory where it has a cable competitor, Thomas said, “It’s...Learn More

New York, Others Added for Sprint 5G Rollout

Sprint has added New York City, Phoenix and Kansas City to the markets that will receive the company’s 5G service in the first half of 2019. Previously announced markets for the Sprint 5G rollout include Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. We reported last month that if the planned merger with T-Mobile...Learn More

CAF Auction Bidders Could Include Verizon, Cox, Windstream, Frontier, Viasat, Many More

The FCC this week released lists of companies that have submitted complete and partially complete applications to participate in the upcoming $2 billion Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II reverse auction to award broadband funding rejected by the nation’s largest local service providers in 20 states. Among the potential CAF auction bidders that have submitted...Learn More

Windstream Enterprise UCaaS Platform Upgraded

Windstream Enterprise has upgraded its Windstream Enterprise UCaaS Mitel platform, the company announced today. The platform offers a UC solution that integrates voice, multi-media, unified messaging, mobility and other services onto a single platform.   UCaaS capabilities now exceed those available from premises-based UC solutions, according to the Gartner 2017 Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications...Learn More

Verizon and Partners Test Mobile CBRS on Live Network in Florida, Achieve 790 Mbps Peak Speed

Verizon, Ericsson, Federated Wireless and Qualcomm Technologies said they have tested Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) in a live commercial network in Florida. CBRS is shared spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band, a portion of which already has been freed up for unlicensed use on a shared basis with government users and a portion of...Learn More

Spectrum Enterprise Fiber Investment Will Help Maintain 50 Fiber-Lit Building Per Day Momentum, Now at 200K Buildings

Spectrum Enterprise fiber investment will exceed $1 billion for 2018 –the second year that unit of Charter Communications has received investment dollars exceeding $1 billion. The investment by the company will primarily be used to increase the density of its national fiber network. It also will finance new tools, training and client services. The investment...Learn More

AT&T CEO: “Radical” Upgrades to DIRECTV NOW Will Increase Price; OTT Alternative to DIRECTV DBS on Tap as Well

The user interface for AT&T’s DIRECTV NOW over-the-top (OTT) streaming video platform will soon get a “radical upgrade,” said AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson at an investor conference this morning. DIRECTV NOW upgrades also will include support for a cloud DVR and three simultaneous video streams, he said. The initial price for DIRECTV NOW...Learn More

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