Subscription video on demand providers, led by Amazon and Netflix, make up nearly half of over-the-top revenues in North America and are driving a market that will likely top $10.7 billion this year alone, a new report by Strategy Analytics says.
Strategy Analytics added its voice to warnings that smart device shipment growth is slowing, noting that increases in smartphone shipments in the current quarter are at their lowest level for five years.
Rockstar, a patent consortium owned by Apple, Microsoft, Ericsson, Sony, EMC and BlackBerry, paid $4.5 billion for the 6,000 patents that bankrupt Nortel Networks offered up for auction in 2011. And while the majority of the portfolio's patents have still not expired, there will be a surge in patent expirations starting in 2017, according to a new independent analysis of Rockstar's patents.
Frontier Communications took a jab at Google Fiber, which is considering rolling out its 1 Gbps fiber to the home (FTTH) in Portland, Ore., later this year, claiming that the Internet giant is trying to offer consumers what they don't need, reports The Oregonian.
Over the past month or so Microsoft, Qualcomm, Apple and others have had to deal with pushback from Chinese regulators or Chinese state-run media. To me, it's clear that the cost of doing business in China is going up--but the cost of missing out on a growing smartphone market as large as China is even higher.
With ample deployments based on DOCSIS 3.0, Comcast is still very much committed to its hybrid fiber coax network. But the MSO's proposal to build a fiber-to-the-home network supporting 530 homes in Sun Valley, Fla., shows it also has plenty of interest in competing with Google and Verizon for fiber-based broadband services.
Once again proving the equity power of teenagers playing videogames, Google will pay about $1 billion to acquire San Francisco-based online programming platform Twitch.
People accessing the Wi-Fi service supplied by Google in certain Starbucks stores have been raving for months on social media about improved connectivity, and now SpeedSpot has confirmed that its users experienced up to 18 times faster download speeds at Starbucks locations that have swapped out their AT&T Mobility Wi-Fi service for Google's.
Sprint is appealing to the growing mobile nature of its business customer base by establishing a partnership with Google where it will provide the Internet search giant's apps to its business customer base.
Google Fiber has been looking at bringing its 1 Gbps-capable fiber to the home (FTTH) project to the UK, shaking up the country's broadband market that's been dominated by incumbent telco BT, reports The Telegraph.