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Sep
15
2014

AT&T Downplays T-Mobile Pricing, Wi-Fi Calling Push -

On the heels of T-Mobile’s announcement last week that they’ve started a heavy push toward Wi-Fi calling, AT&T says they’ll also be offering Wi-Fi calling starting in 2015. AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega stated last week the company will be offering it next year, but hasn’t been in a rush because, they claim, their network coverage is good enough (unlike T-Mobile’s, the CEO implied). That wasn’t the only shot AT&T at T-Mobile last […]

Sep
15
2014

Permanently Lower U.S. Mobile Prices Among Likely Outcomes of Current Mobile Price War

When all is said and done, when the current marketing mobile marketing war has ended, and when some major acquisitions have been approved or denied, when the U.S. cable industry makes its first “owned facilities” entry into the mobile business, what will market structure look like? Even if one assumes regulatory authorities will prevail, and that the U.S. market features leadership by at least four providers, who will those leaders be, and how will revenue […]

Sep
15
2014

It's Always Dangerous When a Competitor Gives Away the Thing You Sell

One characteristic of newly-competitive markets, including both former monopoly markets that are deregulated, and existing markets that are roiled by transformative and disruptive new technology, is that the boundaries separating one industry from another typically become porous. Put simply, what happens is that “firms not in your business get into your business.”  That is the inter-industry analogy to intra-industry segment encroachment, where one contestant in an existing value chain decides to enter a related part […]

Sep
15
2014

Comcast: Report Claiming We Punish Tor Users 'Wildly Inaccurate' -

A report over at DeepDotWeb claims that Comcast has contacted some users telling them that they risk disconnection if they continue using the privacy-minded Tor browser. Tor (as our recent report explores) is an entirely legal browser used by 1.2 million people, only some of whom use the browser to buy narcotics and other black market goods. According to the report, Comcast support employees informed a number of unidentified users that Tor “wasn’t legal,” and […]

Sep
15
2014

Report Claims Comcast 'Threatening' Users That Use Tor -

A report over at DeepDotWeb claims that Comcast has contacted some users telling them that they risk disconnection if they continue using the privacy-minded Tor browser. Tor (as our recent report explores) is an entirely legal browser used by 1.2 million people, only some of whom use the browser to buy narcotics and other black market goods. According to the report, Comcast support employees informed them that Tor “wasn’t legal,” and even demanded to know […]

Sep
15
2014

5% of Millennials Plan to Cut Cord -

A new survey of 2,400 TV subscribers aged 24-34 indicates that around 5% of them plan to cut the cord sometime in the near future. According to the survey, that percentage was just 2.9 percent among all age groups, though that’s higher than the 2.2 percent in 2012 who said they would soon cancel pay TV. Reasons for leaving? 76% of those polled say they’re satisfied with what they’re getting via over the top services […]

Sep
15
2014

TDS Telecom Pushes 1 Gbps in Wisconsin -

Back in May TDS Telecom (see our user reviews) became the latest company to throw its hat into the 1 Gbps broadband ring, offering 1 Gbps speeds for $100 a month (if bundled) to residents of Hollis, New Hampshire and London, New Hampshire. Now the company states that Waterford, Wisconsin will be the latest town to get the 1 Gbps treatment, either later this year or in early 2015. Like so many other ISPs, TDS […]

Sep
14
2014

Competitive Implications of Seamless Call Handoff Between Wi-Fi and Mobile

Perhaps oddly, the ability to initiate a phone call from a Wi-Fi hotspot, with seamless handoff to the mobile network, is in the U.S. market, less about reducing the cost of calling (at least for domestic calls, and often calls to some high-volume international destinations) and more about signal quality and network coverage. In other words, where voice over Internet Protocol arguably has had the greatest value and impact in the high-cost international calling market, […]

Sep
13
2014

Bundles, Scale and Scope Underpin Service Provider Strategy

There are several very good reasons service providers sell bundles of services. First of all, in a competitive market, where any single service sold by any single provider might only reach share of about 20 percent to 30 percent, an expensive access network can be justified, and remain financially viable, only when the network owner can sell multiple services. In other words, selling a single customer three or four services at $30 a month, with […]

Sep
13
2014

Apple Hopes Apple Pay is iTunes

The question about Apple Pay is how it helps Apple support its main business of selling devices. To be sure, iTunes and other services can be thought of as Apple standalone business segments. But those services exist to sell more devices. In other words, Apple invests in content delivery and apps to sell devices. Other firms invest in devices to sell content or merchandise, or create advertising delivery networks. So it is that Piper Jaffray […]

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