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Oct
22
2014

Time Warner Cable Unveils Shiny, New "Enhanced" DVR -

Last November we noted that Time Warner Cable, historically a bit sluggish when it comes to next-gen broadband upgrades, was considering a brand refresh named “Maxx” that would include significant speed and TV improvements. In addition to bumping select markets to 300 Mbps (Los Angeles, New York, Austin, Charlotte, Dallas, Hawaii, Kansas City, Raleigh, San Antonio and San Diego), that will include a fancy new DVR that the company unveiled this week in Los Angeles […]

Oct
22
2014

28 Billion IoT Devices to be Connected?

One reason mobile service providers particularly are interested in the “Internet of Things” and machine-to-machine apps is the sheer number of devices that will require communications capability.Where fixed network connections are a roughly one billion size existing market, mobile is a six billion existing market and IoT might be a 28 billion devices market, in the 2020s, according to equity analysts at Goldman Sachs. Even if average revenue per IoT device is, for example, about $5 […]

Oct
22
2014

Why We Need Three Orders of Magnitude More Bandwidth

Nobody would be surprised to learn that over the top video streaming has become a mainstream activity, and that the amount of streaming is increasing. Most would not be too surprised to learn that video–depending on resolution–requires two orders of magnitude, or perhaps three times more bandwidth than other apps. So a prediction that some mobile markets might well require 1,000 times more bandwidth (three orders of magnitude) over a relatively short time frame (perhaps […]

Oct
22
2014

Will Shift to Postpaid Shrink MVNO Market?

The line separating postpaid and prepaid mobile services is getting a bit more porous, as costs for single-line postpaid service are starting, in many cases, to approach the recurring cost of a prepaid account. “If you look at single line pricing, those price points are pretty darn close to what a prepaid customer would pay on prepaid,” said Fran Shammo, Verizon Communications CFO. The significant difference, some might say, is not just the matter of […]

Oct
21
2014

Verizon Largely Laughs Off T-Mobile Competition -

Verizon’s latest earnings were released this morning, the company seeing a net income of $3.79 billion on revenue of $31.6 billion. While Verizon slightly missed Wall Street estimates, competition from T-Mobile didn’t dent big red much: the company added 1.5 million wireless customers in the third quarter, 1.1 million of which were tablets. Verizon saw a net gain of 1.2 million LTE smartphones but only a net gain of 457,000 phones, suggesting a 743,000 user […]

Oct
21
2014

CableLabs Posts DOCSIS 3.1 Test Schedule -

According to a new schedule posted to their website, CableLabs is prepped to host a DOCSIS 3.1 “plugfest” in “a multi-vendor environment” during the week of December 1. The company also plans to host a follow up interoperability testing session during the week of January 19, 2015. Most of the 1 Gbps promises you’re seeing made by companies like Cox or Comcast will rely on the DOCSIS 3.1 standard, which isn’t expected to see significant […]

Oct
21
2014

Sprint Waives $10 Tablet Fee for iPad on Plans 20GB or Higher -

Sprint’s latest promotion has the company waiving tablet access fees — if you’re signing up for enough data. The company has announced they’re now selling the Apple iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3, and interested individuals can add the tablets to the company’s Sprint Family Share Pack for an access charge of $10 per month per line. Sprint stated the company will be waiving that $10 monthly fee “throughout 2015″ if users sign […]

Oct
21
2014

How Big a Deal is Mobile "Spectrum Exhaust?"

Forecasting is a perilous business, and forecasts “always” are wrong, to some extent. That holds for estimates of Internet bandwidth demand as well, which historically tend to overestimate long term rates of growth. “The evidence reveals a persistent tendency to overestimate in both number and value,” say researchers Aalok Mehta of the University of Southern California and J. Armand Musey, Goldin Associates, LLC principal. “Of the past seven Cisco mobile traffic forecasts for North America, […]

Oct
21
2014

Dish Customers Lose Access to CNN, Other Turner Networks -

Dish customers are the latest to lose access to channels they’re paying for thanks to yet another retransmission fee dispute. Turner Broadcasting channels including CNN, Cartoon Network and Headline News were pulled from Dish’s lineup yesterday after the two sides failed to agree to terms. As with other fights of this type, both sides blame the other and are using websites to direct consumer ire toward the other party (See Turner’s SaveMyShows.com website and Dish’s […]

Oct
21
2014

Frontier Sued in West Virginia for Dismal Service -

Already under investigation in West Virginia for possible mishandling of government subsidy money, Frontier Communications is now facing a new class action in the state for failing to offer the services they advertised. According to the Charleston Gazette, the suit complains of frequent outages and accuses Frontier of failing to deliver speeds paid for. Of specific note is Frontier’s 12 Mbps “High Speed Internet Max,” which often struggles to deliver users 1 Mbps downstream: quote:Frontier […]

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