The number of households in North American using the Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) standard as their home networking technology of choice will exceed 25 million by 2014, with similar numbers for the HomePlug standard in Western Europe, according to ABI Research.
US internet services giant Google has started taking orders for its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) service ‘Google Fiber’ in Kansas City, Missouri, with launch set for this spring.
Spanish operator group Telefónica is looking to explore the opportunities in the e-health sector by acquiring a controlling stake in Brazilian chronic care management provider Axismed. The operator has made the acquisition via its digital innovation arm Telefónica Digital, and said that the deal , will enable it to accelerate the development of a complete end-to-end service proposition in the fast growing Brazilian e-health market.
US comms watchdog the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued a call for broadband providers and city halls to come together and create at least one community with access to 1Gbps internet speeds in every US state by 2015.
US operator Sprint has expanded its LTE service in the country, as it continues buildout project Network Vision.
US operator AT&T has entered into an agreement with rival Verizon Wireless to acquire 700MHz spectrum licenses for $1.9bn in cash plus AWS licences in several states. The 700MHz licenses cover 42 million people in 18 US states including California, Florida, New York, Texas and Washington.
Carrier services firm Tata Communications, which is part of the India-based Tata conglomerate, this week upgraded its trans-Atlantic TGN-Atlantic (TGN-A) subsea cable to run 100Gbps between New York and London.
US carrier AT&T said Tuesday it has agreed to acquire the retail wireless operations of Atlantic Tele-Network, which operates under the Alltel brand for $780m in cash.
Telefónica Digital has its eye on the M2M sector, this week unveiling a web-based platform for the connectivity, management and control of M2M communications.
Mobile ticketing firm Masabi said this week that the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority processed more than $1m through its m-ticketing implementation within the first seven weeks of operation.
Brazil’s economy is growing fast, with 40 million people making the transition to the new middle class in the last ten years. But while there is visible wealth in certain areas of big cities like Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro there is still huge poverty, both urban and rural. Against this backdrop, communications services are being deployed to change the lives of millions of people.
Twenty years ago the Brazilian Government decreed that health services should be available to all of the country’s inhabitants. In Southern Brazil, the wealthier, more developed and heavily populated part of the country, this pledge was comparatively easy to address. In the dense rainforest of the Amazon its fulfilment is altogether more difficult.
Canada’s largest mobile operator Rogers Wireless has entered into an agreement to exchange assets with one of the country’s largest broadcast firms, Shaw Communications. Shaw Communications will transfer spectrum licenses for advanced wireless service to the operator in five of the country’s provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northern Ontario.
Direct investment in the deployment of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) networks in North America will grow to $4.7bn annually by 2017, or $18bn cumulatively over the next five years, according to US research firm RVA LLC.
Half of the data traffic on US carrier Verizon Wireless is now carried on its LTE network, its CEO announced last week at CES, marking a significant increase on its October 2012 watermark, when just 35 per cent of its data traffic was LTE.