A familiar refrain among consumers is that cellular, pay TV, and broadband are overpriced. But if you take a look at the cost of providing some of these services, plot them against demand and usage patterns, and consider some of the unique aspects of the North America market and geography, a different picture emerges. So here's my take, in terms of what looks reasonable from the perspective of the consumer, and service providers' requirement to operate a viable business.
As the online advertising market continues to change, Google is changing with it. The search engine giant, which relies on display and video ads to generate 90 percent of its annual revenue, said it is changing the size of the ads at the top of its search pages, The Wall Street Journal reports. The move, in part, reflects online users' continuing shift to mobile devices, and providers' efforts to keep up with the change.
T-Mobile US will power a new service from startup Twilio called Programmable Wireless that essentially gives developers the ability to control the operation of voice, texting and data on Twilio's T-Mobile-powered SIM cards. The SIM cards can be installed on phones or into IoT-style sensors and gadgets.
Frontier's challenging integration process of the Verizon wireline assets it purchased in California, Florida and Texas has had a negative effect on new broadband subscribers-- and cable operators like Charter Communications are lining up to capture those customers.
After upping the data limit in its usage-based pricing trial markets to 1 terabyte per month, Comcast is also limiting the amount of overage charges to $200.
AT&T is transitioning to software-defined networks (SDN) perhaps more aggressively than any other U.S. operator. And Susan Johnson, the operator's senior vice president of global supply chain, said Tuesday that transition provides a way for AT&T to increase the number of vendors with which it does business.
Tom Christie has been with premium network Showtime for more than two decades, and has seen the cable industry rise and fall and now, possibly, rise again thanks to changing technologies and consumer demands. In the midst of all the industry sturm und drang, however, he says the last five years have been the best of Showtime's existence.
Telefónica made its first investment in its UK mobile business since the European Commission blocked a planned sale to CK Hutchison by extending its use of a Vasona Networks RAN congestion management product.
Telefónica could carry out an initial public offering (IPO) for its Telxius mobile tower unit as soon as July as part of measures to reduce group debt, reported Bloomberg.
Three UK advised customers to use Skype, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Viber et al for sending MMS after announcing it would increase the charge for sending multimedia messages from 17.4 pence to 40 pence per MMS in June.