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One year ago, Comcast, the largest cable provider in the country announced it would buy Time Warner Cable, the nation’s second largest…
It seems like Wi-Fi is everywhere, but according to Strategy Analytics it’s actually in far fewer homes than you might think. In the U.S., Wi-Fi only lives in 58 percent of households with a broadband connection.
Mimosa is trying to turn Wi-Fi from a local-area networking technology that connects devices in your home to a wide-area networking technology that connects homes in your neighborhood.
Verizon’s lackluster growth rebounded in the second quarter as the company added new phone customers. But as in previous quarters, most of its 1.4 million new connections came from connected tablets.
Though Verizon had a big quarter for tablet connections, it actually lost feature phone and basic smartphone subscribers in Q1. Those customers are likely going to T-Mobile and arch-rival AT&T.
Vivint, a security and home automation provider, wants to get into the broadband game. the company is testing a 50 Mbps service in Utah that it plans to sell for $55.
Amazon’s cloud services helped jump start a lot of entrepreneurial activity and now its globe trotting, maverick CTO Werner Vogels believes it help global small and medium sized businesses embrace the cloud and SaaS — which in the end is a good news for AWS.
AT&T(s t) said today it is selling its wireline operations in Connecticut to Frontier Communications(s ftr) for $2 billion, effectively exiting the state as…
Though it’s sitting on its own trove of mobile broadband spectrum, Dish is looking for partners to provide fixed wireless LTE access to its customers homes. Sprint and nTelos are both working with Dish in trials.
The FCC Chairman has signaled that he intends to take on the transition from copper networks to all-IP networks starting next year. As the agency preps for this transitions here’s what you should know.
An Irish company thinks the world is ready to start aggregating their broadband subscriptions to provide faster access and redundancy. So it’s launched an Indiegogo campaign for the Multipath router.
AT&T is offering home phone and broadband in Verizon’s territory relying on its LTE and HSPA networks to provide connectivity.
All of Verizon’s key financial metrics are up: subscribers, revenues and profits. It activated 7.5 million smartphones, including 3.8 million iPhones and 6.4 million LTE devices.
The country’s economics and technology minister has reportedly urged Telekom to watch its step, after the telco announced caps for fixed-line users. Thing is, usage of Telekom’s own entertainment services won’t count towards those caps.
Publishers must now focus on a strategy for effectively licensing digital content. In the latest GigaOM Research Podcast, analyst Paul Sweeting discusses why we need a strategy and how it will impact publishers and others.
Germany’s top court has decided that internet access is so essential to modern day life that when someone gets cut off they deserve additional compensation. What happens if U.S. courts make such a decree?
The other shoe has dropped on the copper telephone network with AT&T pledging $14 billion in new network investment in wireless and wireline networks with nary a dime or commitment for the old copper telephone network or DSL lines. Instead Ma Bell recommends LTE.
Six rural carriers will have launched LTE networks by the end of 2012 thanks to Verizon’s LTE in Rural America program. That will give Verizon customers 4G service in small towns well beyond its 400 market footprint. But the Verizon’s rural partners benefit plenty as well.
Broadband penetration in the U.S. is continuing to grow and is now stands at 90 percent of U.S. households that have a computer at home. With over 80.3 million broadband subscribers in the nation, computer ownership is at the heart of broadband divide.
The decline of DSL in the US has life tough for the phone companies – who in total lost 70,000 subscribers during the second quarter of 2012. Winner: cable companies in general and Comcast in specific as 260,000 new folks signed up for broadband in the US.
Comcast posted Q2 2012 revenues of $15.21 billion, $3.08 billion in operating income and 50 cents in earnings per share. While Comcast continued to rack up new broadband subscribers, it is still losing basic video subscribers quite fast — both to cord cutters and satellite/phone company rivals.
For AT&T, the present and the future are all about mobile data services. With LTE service already in the market, it makes more sense for Ma Bell to move away from DSL. It lost 96,000 net broadband customers during the second quarter.
Verizon Communications is the first U.S. operator out of the gate in the second quarter earnings heat, reporting 1.2 million new net subscriber adds in its wireless division and 134,000 new FiOS residential broadband customers in its wireline group.
The slow death march of DSL continues!. Last week, Verizon reported a loss of about 89,000 DSL connections, but increased demand for faster FiOS Internet. Today, numbers from AT&T follow the same trend.
The eighteen largest cable and telephone companies that account for 93 percent of the broadband market added 3 million net subscribers during 2011, according to data from Leichtman Research Group, a Durham, NH-based market research group. More revealing: AT&T’s dismal broadband performance.
The slow death of DSL will cause the rapid rise of expensive broadband if Verizon’s Fusion service is any indication. Verizon launched home-broadband powered by its wireless network — letting consumers trade unlimited slow broadband from a wire for faster, capped and more expensive service.
Comcast, the Philadelphia-based cable company, was the fastest broadband service provider in the U.S., according to Ookla, a broadband speed test company. In fact, Comcast and its cable industry peers trounced the phone companies when it came to download speeds.
Chinese equipment vendor Huawei has shown it can take copper DSL and push it to gigabit speeds over 100-meter distances, the company said on Wednesday. This will help cost-conscious ISPs such as AT&T gradually extend fiber to the edge.
Broadband analyst Craig Settles looks at how a fight over municipal broadband in Colorado drives home how ISPs can control the democratic process to deny governments and citizens access to better broadband. And they are willing to spend big to do this.
Sonic.net, a Bay Area ISP, has a service package and ethos that could disrupt the broadband market. Today it’s brand of disruption is limited to California, but Dane Jasper, the company’s CEO, says that Sonic.net plans to expand outside California.
DSL is on the ropes, and cable companies are seeing their broadband subs rise, according to data from the second quarter. Leichtman Research Group also found that net broadband additions in the quarter were the second fewest of any quarter in the last ten years.
AT&T’s solid second quarter results were driven by wireless, but its wireline business was nearing growth again — a success for the carrier as it nears the completion of its U-Verse deployment. But amid the cheering for U-verse, the DSL network was getting kicked to the curb.
It took me 25 minutes to download OS X Lion at home, but using LTE mobile broadband service, you could do the same in a few hours. I wouldn’t recommend it, but it’s amazing when you realize 3G networks, like OS X, launched 10 years ago.
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson spoke Tuesday at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners summer meeting in Los Angeles, where he called DSL “obsolete.” Since AT&T still provides and profits from DSL, this is a surprising admission.
A report shows that by 2018, the traditional phone system is going to be reaching less than 6 percent of U.S. residents. It’s perhaps time to rethink the very notion of what a phone is and what defines the classic phone network.
Fiber broadband is finally coming into its own, thanks to the growing number of fiber broadband deployments across the world. However, fiber broadband’s growing popularity is coming at the cost of DSL, one of the more widely deployed broadband technologies
The most pressing need for broadband providers in the U.S. is spectrum to enable the mobile ecosystem said AT&T’s CEO and chairman speaking at a conference. He also replayed his talking points on why AT&T must buy T-Mobile for $39 billion. At least he’s consistent.
AT&T’s continuing reliance on its fast growing wireless business cannot hide the fact that the wireline broadband growth is slowing for the company, as its first quarter financial results show. Despite competition, Ma Bell has muddled along, choosing to devote all its energies elsewhere.
As we’ve noted, the rise of LTE opens up the potential for wireless carriers to court wireline broadband subscribers. Well, even with the limitations of wireless, the comparison is valid, at least for now, according to Deutsche Bank, which studied the latest 4G offerings.
Verizon is thrilled to cover 285 million people, or 97 percent of the U.S. population, with 4G wireless services by 2013, in part because it makes such a dandy fixed broadband access technology says an executive. This must make companies that bought Verizon’s DSL lines scared.
Copper, thanks to new generation DSL technologies is staying competitive with fiber and cable broadband. Today, a new breakthrough shows that it will only be a matter of time before DSL broadband crosses the 800 Mbps threshold. For now lets’s settle for 100 Mbps DSL.
US telcos are phone companies in name. They have been losing their grip on the voice business. And now they are even starting to lose their traction in the broadband business as well. Q2 will see firstever quarterly decline in broadband subscribers at large telcos.
AT&T is deploying pair bonding throughout its DSL network as a means to bring U-Verse to more subscribers in 122 of its markets in 22 states. But before anyone gets excited, the upgrade will not boost speeds and will be about three years late. Wheee!
Thanks to furious broadband growth in China, a resurgent US and new Asian markets, the world is close to having half a billion broadband subscribers. That represents 8.4 percent of the worldwide population penetration and a household penetration of 30.8 percent. A full breakdown by the numbers.
Best Buy will merge its Speakeasy DSL business with Covad and Megapath, creating a managed service local exchange carrier, and sounding the death knell for independent DSL providers. It’ll get a minority stake in the combined company, which to me is a euphemism for fire sale.
Just when you think it is time to say goodbye to the old copper infrastructure, someone comes up with new technology to give it a new lease on life. Now Bell Labs, using software and new gear, is pushing DSL speeds to 300 Mbps.
After being acquired for a song by Arris in Sept., Digeo released the latest in a string of improvements to its product…
If there was any lingering doubt that broadband was the new platform for technology innovation, new data out today from trade group…
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Companies are building out the smart grid with various broadband technologies — cellular, WiFi, WiMAX — so why not good ol’ DSL?…
For the longest time I, like many, have been beating the drum of faster-faster-and-faster-still broadband. When I had 2 Mbps, I wanted…
As you all very well know, I have little patience for Comcast (s CMCSA) and its anti-innovation policy of metered broadband. If…
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Highlighting the conflict between operating systems isn’t anything super-new, but Goodie Bag’s Macs vs. PCs is a stunning bit of viral video,…
Larry Dignan, who writes at the Between The lines blog, talked to Qwest CTO Pieter Poll about company’s future plans including fiber-based…
With the economic slowdown and faltering housing sales, the US broadband growth has hit a speed bump. And that’s not good news for broadband providers, who hope to overcome the odds by offering speed boosts. Even that might not be enough. Continue Reading.
DSL Speeds and prices around the world went up 4.7% and 9.3% during the first quarter of 2008, according to Point Topic,…
So all the noise, anger and finger-pointing at Comcast’s cheap traffic tricks didn’t impact its broadband business. The company just reported a…
U.S. demand for broadband has finally started to slow, but that means the carriers are looking for even more ways to squeeze money out of subscribers. One such way: speed boosts. Continue Reading
DSL-based broadband service providers may have started to catch up with cable companies in pure subscriber count terms, but when it comes…
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[qi:011] Best Buy (BBY), the large North American electronics retail chain, that recently snapped up Speakeasy, a DSL provider, is now interested…