AT&T, Verizon, others look to high-band spectrum to clear a path to 5G

A sizeable amount of high-band spectrum currently in the FCC's hands is increasingly catching the attention of carriers like AT&T and Verizon, who have lofty 5G ambitions. Where is that spectrum available?

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If Low Cost Provider Wins, Cable TV Beats Telcos

In any competitive market, including consumer, small and medium business and parts of the enterprise communications markets, the low-cost provider tends to win. Telcos are anything but the low cost providers. Consider free cash flow margin of telcos and cable TV companies in the U.S. market, for example.

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Vonage’s Business Ambitions Gain Ground

A variety of earnings reports are now in, but one that caught my attention this morning was that of Vonage . Vonage has been working hard to transition from its original consumer VoIP business into a business VoIP and UC provider. According to today’s results, they seem to be gaining some real traction. … [ visit site to read more ]

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HP Doubles Down on SDN and NFV With ConteXtream Buy

Software Defined Networking and Network Functions Virtualization have come a long way in a short amount of time, far enough to grab the attention of large technology giants like Hewlett Packard. In a move that accelerates its entry into the space, HP said yesterday that it has agreed to buy ConteXtream for an undisclosed sum.  … [ visit site to read more ]

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In certain markets, Google Disappers as Part of Microsoft Update

If you own a Windows Phone 8.1 device, once you install the GDR1 update, the new software update removes all search options except for Bing, according to documentation for the update . For all the attention paid to Internet services providers “not treating all apps equally,” how about app providers and operating system providers?

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Comcast-TWC combination poses long-term threat to Windstream, other business providers

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Will Access Costs Need to be an Order of Magnitude Lower in Global South?

“Heads I win, tails you lose” is an aphorism about “unfair” coin tosses that applies to Google and Facebook. To a significant extent, both firms can correlate revenue growth with the growth of “people who use the Internet.” Internet service providers have no such luxury. China Mobile grows revenues primarily when people use its branded services, not when people get Internet access from any other ISP.

Will Access Costs Need to be an Order of Magnitude Lower in Global South?

“Heads I win, tails you lose” is an aphorism about “unfair” coin tosses that applies to Google and Facebook. To a significant extent, both firms can correlate revenue growth with the growth of “people who use the Internet.” Internet service providers have no such luxury. China Mobile grows revenues primarily when people use its branded services, not when people get Internet access from any other ISP.

Comcast Joins the Charter/TWC Dance

Well, whatever Charter offered to Comcast from a potential deal for TW Cable got their attention. Reports now say that Comcast is at least partially on-board to help Charter make a three-way deal actually plausible.  … [ visit site to read more ]

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Cloud Computing Nears "Trough of Disillusionment"

Cloud computing is nearing a point where many observers or users are destined to become more disillusioned. And that will be a good thing. The reason cloud computing disillusionment will be a good thing is that such disillusionment, the end of overly-inflated expectations, is a normal part of the adoption cycle for most important technologies. Only after the hype has worn off, and expectations are aligned with a better understanding of how value is generated, do major new innovations actually reach a stage where they routinely are used, and routinely generate value.

Cloud Computing Nears "Trough of Disillusionment"

Cloud computing is nearing a point where many observers or users are destined to become more disillusioned. And that will be a good thing. The reason cloud computing disillusionment will be a good thing is that such disillusionment, the end of overly-inflated expectations, is a normal part of the adoption cycle for most important technologies. Only after the hype has worn off, and expectations are aligned with a better understanding of how value is generated, do major new innovations actually reach a stage where they routinely are used, and routinely generate value.

Investing in Dumb Pipe Not so "Dumb"

Telco executives sometimes appear to be “conflicted” about their core revenue strategies. Many decry “dumb pipe” access revenues, even though those dumb pipe access revenues now provide the growth engine for fixed line telco, cable TV and mobile service providers alike. Others say service providers will be able to overcome that “dumb pipe” issue by creating new content or application or enabling businesses. Some say “over the top messaging” is a revenue opportunity; others say it will destroy most of the revenue now earned by text messaging services. In part, that is because many users seem to prefer OTT messaging to text messaging

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Investing in Dumb Pipe Not so "Dumb"

Telco executives sometimes appear to be “conflicted” about their core revenue strategies. Many decry “dumb pipe” access revenues, even though those dumb pipe access revenues now provide the growth engine for fixed line telco, cable TV and mobile service providers alike. Others say service providers will be able to overcome that “dumb pipe” issue by creating new content or application or enabling businesses. Some say “over the top messaging” is a revenue opportunity; others say it will destroy most of the revenue now earned by text messaging services.

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The Contenders: Municipal fiber providers meeting or beating the incumbent competition

By Samantha Bookman In this installment of The Contenders, we take a look at five standout municipal broadband providers. Just a few years ago, municipal broadband looked like a long shot to many communities. State or local regulations, legal challenges by established broadband providers, and a shaky economy were among the hurdles that communities had to surmount to bring affordable, high-speed service to businesses and residents. But times appear to be changing. Legislative victories, like the recent defeat of an anti-municipal broadband bill in Georgia, are keeping the city-operated broadband dream alive for many

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The Contenders: Municipal fiber providers meeting or beating the incumbent competition

The Contenders: Municipal fiber providers meeting or beating the incumbent competition

By Samantha Bookman In this installment of The Contenders, we take a look at five standout municipal broadband providers. Just a few years ago, municipal broadband looked like a long shot to many communities. State or local regulations, legal challenges by established broadband providers, and a shaky economy were among the hurdles that communities had to surmount to bring affordable, high-speed service to businesses and residents. But times appear to be changing. Legislative victories, like the recent defeat of an anti-municipal broadband bill in Georgia, are keeping the city-operated broadband dream alive for many

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ACA’s Matt Polka expects regional cable operators to focus on broadband

Matt Polka, the CEO of the American Cable Association (ACA), said a number of the association's smaller cable operator members plan to focus their attention on selling broadband Internet access services to subscribers as they continue to get their video services from OTT players like Netflix ( Nasdaq: NFLX ) and Hulu. In addition to customers' migration to online video, content acquisition costs have forced a number of smaller cable operators out of business. Steve Donohue, editor of

Who Benefits From Growing Unlicensed Spectrum Inventory?

The Federal Communications Industry says it has identified more than 700 MHz of spectrum that is available in the United States for mobile broadband use on a nonexclusive basis, as well as an additional 345 megahertz that is either in the pipeline or has the potential to be used in such a manner. You might argue that there could be lots of winners or losers as more unlicensed spectrum is made available. Licensed carriers and existing major ISPs might lose, to the extent new competition is enabled.

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Kansas Fiber Network responds to rural growth with 100G upgrade

Kansas Fiber Network, a consortium of 29 independent service providers, has upgraded its network capacity from 10 Gbps to 100 Gbps, illustrating the growing trend of service providers bypassing 40G and going directly to 100G. Leveraging Cisco's ( Nasdaq: CSCO ) ONS 15454 Multiservice Transport Platform, the 100G upgrade will be used to support the growing demand from the consortium's rural business and carrier customers for a host of services such as Ethernet access, wireless backhaul, Dedicated Internet Access (DIA) and long-distance services. The consortium spent $3.5 million on this project. Overall, KFN has invested a total of about $20 million in its network

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CARFAX chooses CyrusOne as data storage center

CARFAX, a company that provides background information about vehicles for potential buyers, announced Thursday that it has chosen a data center owned by Cincinnati Bell's

Telus pursues changes to Canada’s foreign ownership rules

Incumbent telecom service providers in Canada are campaigning for a relaxation on that country's rules on foreign ownership of their firms. Western Canadian service provider Telus ( Toronto: T.TO ) is the latest firm to stoke that debate, proposing a gradual change to give incumbent operators greater access to foreign investment over the next three to five years. It should not be seen as a coincidence that Telus is getting vocal about the foreign ownership rules just a few weeks after U.S. hedge fund Mason Capital lowered its investment stake in Telus from about 19 percent to just over 3 percent.

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