Sigfox Launches 100-City U.S. IoT Network

Sigfox, the Internet of Things communications network, is deploying across 100 U.S. cities in 2016.  Sigfox operates in the non-licensed ISM bands (similar to Wi-Fi), using the 868 MHz band in Europe and the 902 MHz band in the United States. Sigfox is optimized for low-power, low-bandwidth Internet of Things devices that must communicate over metropolitan area distances. By way of comparison, Sigfox signals propagate further than GSM (2G) signals

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BT trials C-RAN wireless service over copper via G.fast

BT may be one of the early providers to go public about G.fast trials for consumers, but its recent lab trial to deliver a Cloud Radio Access Network (C-RAN) cellular network service over copper shows that the technology has other potential uses.

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Content Business Now is "in Play"

When does a rejected acquisition bid nevertheless have consequences? When a big rejected bid means a target company is “in play.” So it is with the rejected $80 billion bid by 21st Century Fox to buy Time Warner. Despite the rejection, other potential bidders now will have to evaluate whether their own bids to acquire Time Warner might now be on the agenda. But one might also argue that lots of companies could likewise be candidates for acquisition , using the same deal logic that drove the 21st Century Fox bid for Time Warner. If Time Warner is seen to be worth $80 billion, what other assets could be acquired for less?

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AT&T reportedly exploring other potential deals in Europe

Just days after reports circulated that AT&T was eying a possible merger with Telefonica SA, there is new evidence that the company is talking with other potential acquisition candidates in Europe as well.

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Dumb Display is Analogy to Dumb Pipe

Can a home be a

Dumb Display is Analogy to Dumb Pipe

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Is Advertising a Violation of Network Neutrality?

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Verizon Wants to Compete With, or Buy Netflix

The reported Verizon Communications talks to create a new steaming media service in conjunction with movie-rental kiosk operator Redbox appear to be just one set of talks Verizon Communications is having with other potential partners.

The post-Google+ World

One Facebook developer says Google+ represents an end to the Facebook monopoly. “If Google is able to build a user-base similar in size to Facebook and they offer strong or stronger viral channels, I would be happy to build Google viral functionality into apps,” says Chris at Momentus Media. The other potential advantage is the ability to create a channel for niche content. Facebook tends to be better at highly-popular content, less good at fostering content and communities based on niche interests, which is 99 percent of all content, some might argue. The post-Google world: A Facebook Developer’s Perspective

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Now a For Sale Sign at AboveNet?

Reports today say that Abovenet (NYSE: ABVT , news , filings ) has retained JP Morgan Chase in order to find a buyer, with potential suitors mentioned being Level 3 Communications (NASDAQ: LVLT , news , filings ), TW Telecom (NASDAQ: TWTC , news , filings ), and several private equity firms.  AboveNet operates one of the premier Tier 1 metro footprints on the market, covering 15 of the very largest markets with fiber connecting more than 2,600 buildings and expanding into a half dozen more.  On top of that they’re profitable and growing at a nice clip – something that doesn’t come up for sale every day in this business.  Let’s take a closer look at these and other potential suitors: … [ visit site to read more ]

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Verizon extends home health monitoring to FiOS-capable assisted-living units

Verizon Communications ( NYSE: VZ ) has found yet another application for its FiOS network: home health monitoring for senior citizens. In tandem with Healthsense, a provider of WiFi-based home health monitoring systems, Verizon will provide home health monitoring and response systems to senior-living communities that are already served by FiOS in addition to other potential FiOS-served communities. Under the terms of the agreement, Healthsense will install and maintain the systems, including monitoring devices and equipment, Wi-Fi technology, and 24-hour monitoring and maintenance services directly to the participating communities. Senior living communities that are currently served by Verizon FiOS will work with Healthsense to get the service. Communities that sign up for Healthsense’s service will be able to get access to three main services: alert systems to notify caregivers of emergency medical needs; electronic health monitoring and medication prompts; and remote vital-sign monitoring systems

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Mobile Money Strategies for Mobile Service Providers

“Mobile money” is sometimes hard to understand for good reasons: it includes a number of different functions and many different groups of participants, each with slightly or significantly different opportunities and challenges. (Click on images for a larger view) Among the prominent new contestants are mobile service providers, who see an opportunity to enter a new line of business with direct transaction revenue benefits, namely the transaction fees generated when payment services are provided. Up to this point, that has included both per-transaction fees of some cents per event, plus a percentage of the gross amount of the transaction. That is changing, at least for debit card payments.

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Net Neutrality Issues for Google in Search?

Network neutrality proponents implicitly assume that the key bottleneck, in terms of innovation or competition, is to be found in the broadband access connection, and the way such connections are managed. It now appears that antitrust regulators in Europe have begun to look at other potential bottlenecks, and search practices already are getting a look, the Financial Times reports. Google’s purchase (or planned purchase, as there might be antitrust review) of ITA Software, a travel technology company, is not going to help. Joaquin Almunia, Europe’s top competition official, already has hinted that European Community regulators are taking Google’s search power seriously. An informal review of search practices already is underway, and seems to be getting more pointed attention now, given the growing issues regulators now seem to be detecting in the mobile content space

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