"Several large mobile operators have made a gigantic blunder, by ignoring the opportunity to deploy Wi-Fi or utilize Hotspot 2.0 – so cable operators and other service providers are jumping on the opportunity." The growth in public Wi-Fi installations will far outstrip the deployment of small cells by telcos.
Amazon is introducing a voice-recognition service called Amazon Echo that comes with a speaker-like wireless device just in time for the holiday shopping season. The device offers updates on news and weather and provides hands-free voice control for Amazon services such as Prime Music.
Suddenlink parent Cequel reported growth in revenue, growth in basic video subscribers, and increased ARPU. The company said it expects to increase capital spending next year to upgrade its network; this is in accordance with its previously announced Project GigaSpeed.
ESPN is the latest channel announcing it is going to offer direct subscriptions next year, joining HBO and CBS. Separately, CBS said that its Showtime channel will also be available over the top next year. Disney is going to hold off on going OTT with any of its many other channels.
Cablevision Systems lost subscribers in the third quarter, including data customers. CEO James Dolan also noted that "a significant number of suppliers" -- programmers, are preparing services similar to the ones announced by HBO and CBS, in which they will go direct to consumers.
In the single largest deployment in the company’s history, Boingo Wireless has installed 25,000 hotspots across Marine, Army and Air Force bases. All told, Boingo's Wi-Fi service, which is called Boingo Broadband, now covers 21 United States military bases across the globe.
Mediacom Communications saw its third quarter revenue increase slightly in the face of declining video subscribers. Privately held Mediacom, the nation’s eighth-largest cable operator, reported a net quarterly decline of 8,000 primary service units (PSU) across its two subsidiaries.
DirecTV (DTV) on Thursday reported earnings of $611 million in its third quarter. The El Segundo, California-based company said it had profit of $1.21 per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, came to $1.33 per share. The results beat Wall Street expectations.
Internet phone company Vonage Holdings Corp. said it plans to buy privately held Telesphere Networks for $114 million. Telesphere, based in Phoenix, provides video conferencing and cloud-computing for small businesses. It's expected to have revenue of about $40 million this year, Vonage said.
Dish Network is “cautiously optimistic” that the fixed-mobile broadband trials it’s currently running with Sprint and nTelos will turn into a “real business.” Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen said those trials and other opportunities have the satellite-TV provider well-positioned for growth.
Telefónica Argentina has awarded a follow-on contract to Amdocs to manage a range of its business support systems applications. Separately, another customer, OJSC VimpelCom in Russia, has turned to Amdocs again, this time for Customer Management for its call centers.
With the plethora of OTT services from the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO Go, among others, the average household bandwidth requirements are poised to increase by 31 percent annually over the next five years, according to a recent report. The report, which was commissioned by Ciena and conducted by ACG Research, said that peak hour average usage per household would increase from 2.9 Mbps this year to 7.3 Mbps in 2018.
Comcast Cable has hired former Yahoo executive Javier Garcia to the positions of vice president and general manager, multicultural services. In his new job, Garcia will report to Marcien Jenckes, executive vice president of consumer services for Comcast Cable. He’ll be responsible for directing, designing and implementing Comcast’s multicultural services strategy across all of its Xfinity products.
Media company Liberty Media has completed its spinoff of Liberty Broadband into a separate, publicly traded company. The spinoff includes Liberty Media's interest in the cable TV provider Charter Communications, its subsidiary TruePosition and its interest in another cable company, Time Warner Cable.
Shy bladder sufferers want DirecTV to stop airing a television ad where a "painfully awkward" actor Rob Lowe says that he can't urinate in public. Part of a campaign to encourage people to switch from cable, the ad features two Lowes: a handsome one in a slick suit who claims to be a DirecTV customer, and a goofy-looking Lowe wearing a fanny pack with his hair parted in the middle.